SPRING: Day Five In-Depth Practice Report

The temperatures have been really up there for practice and despite that the team has fought them and practiced really well. There are lots of positive vibes coming out of camp about the way things are going. I should have a lot of those in a Private Screening by the end of the weekend.

The practices continue to be really physical. There was no circle of life drill, but the crowd on hand was treated to two really body punishing drills. The linemen from both sides of the ball worked on a pass rushing drill and it was at full speed. There was some great contact and the first team offensive line won its share of the battles today against some of the first team defensive line.

The other drill was a ball carrying slash tackle drill. A quarterback gets the ball to a running back or receiver approximately eight yards from the defender. On the snap the defender closes in. The ball carrier has about a 3 yard lane to run in and has to get a full ten yards from the line of scrimmage. It's a one on one tackling drill and the best tackle of the day was made by a walk on linebacker against a walk on full back. It was a real crowd pleaser. I thought Wynn and freshman Chevon Walker ran really well in the drill although Walker came up with a sprained ankle on one of his turns.

Personnel Breakdowns…

All the good stuff has to start with the starting quarterback. Chris Leak has been exceptionally good this spring. Today he threw some interceptions in the 1 on 1 and the 7 on 7 passing drills, but he threw them after sacks were called. His disgust when a player does something wrong on the sideline is such a welcome site. He really looks like the guy that is in charge out there on the field.

Today was the first time Leak did the one on one passing; it has been freshman Tim Tebow every day before today.

Tebow did have his best day throwing the ball deep. He had two beautiful passes during the drills. He has been much better throwing the ball on the run, when he isn't thinking about throwing the ball. However, today he dropped back and threw two rainbow passes that were absolutely in stride for the receivers. He was right on target most of the day.

Dallas Baker continues to be the best receiver in almost every drill. Nyan Boateng is making a run for the top tier. He makes plays out there. David Nelson also made some great catches, although I keep seeing him with the JUGS throwing machine and assume it's because he and Tate Casey are dropping passes they shouldn't.

I thought DeShawn Wynn had his best day of the spring today. Again, you should see on film, he had a couple of really nice plays that drew a lot of great response from his teammates. He just looked quicker today than I have noticed.

Darron Robinson is really pushing for playing time. The walk on linebacker from right here in Gainesville made two huge plays in the team defense vs. offense. He got a lot of playing time with Earl Everett out of the line up due to a minor injury.

Reggie Lewis was the star in the secondary today. He had a couple of nice interceptions, and he is a very physical corner for the receivers to contend with. Tremaine McCollum may have had his best day as well. Avery Atkins has been good all spring and except when Baker whipped him in one blocking drill, Atkins played well today.

Although Dorian Munroe played a little cornerback earlier in the week, he was strictly at safety today. John Curtis played well again. The walk on safety has been playing well despite having his left hand in a big cast.

Seen With My Eyes…

Dallas Baker from the sideline walked over to Carlton Medder and really got after him for not doing his job on the field.

"Go get the ball!!" Leak was all over Nyan Boateng on a pass in 1 on 1 drills when Boateng gave up on catching a ball that was laid out for him.

Play of the Day

There were a couple of really nice plays in the team drills which you will see in the video, but my favorite play was a 20 yard corner route to Boateng from Leak on a dime at the front of the end zone in 7 on 7 drills.

Look for some really good offensive plays on the practice video...

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