Practice Report: 3/27/2002

UFI reports on the Gator's Wednesday practice. With the Gators wearing just helmets and shoulder pads, it appeared today was a day to rest up and prepare for tomorrow's 5:00 scrimmage at the Swamp.



Practice today was more of the same. It seems the coaches are not deviating from the their normal plan. Practice followed the same structure and the team practiced the same concepts that they have been looking the whole spring. The Gators were in shoulder pads and helmets only today.  It seemed like this practice was slightly more laid back from a hitting standpoint. This is most likely because of the scrimmage tomorrow at 5:00.

The usual schedule was followed: scrimmage, stretch, position drills, more scrimmage, special teams and then more scrimmage. The team closed out with a 2 minute drill, with Rex Grossman hitting Taylor Jacobs for a 35 yard TD to end practice.

During goal line drills the offense did fairly well. OJ Small had a nice touchdown grab, dragging a defender into the end zone. Carlos Perez also had a nice day, catching several passes. The option play is being practiced more and more.

The punting game continues to struggle with bad snaps and shanked punts. The punters are under an intense amount of pressure from the rush.  Whether this is from the Gators having a great punt rush or the protection being bad is unclear. It appears that it may be a little of both.


-Vernell Brown continues to impress with his quickness and instincts. He's not really all that short, just skinny.

-Matt Farrior continues to play with a wrist brace, though it doesn't seem to affect his play.

-The fullbacks got a significant number of carries today.

-There was a rather large fight towards the end of practice involving several players. It took about a minute for the coaches to separate everyone.

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