SPRING: Wilson is grinning a lot these days

Right guard Ronnie Wilson didn't want to discuss the stitches on his forehead that were stretched and slightly bleeding after Friday's practice. He grinned and said they were the result of an off-field accident. Wilson offered up the same grin when asked about the play of an inexperienced offensive line against the veteran defensive front.


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Wilson is doing a lot of grinning these days and why not?

The 6-4 310 redshirt freshman has been working with the first unit at right guard since the start of practice. He has teamed up with center Steve Rissler and right tackle Drew Miller in what has early on been a formidable package.

"We have really just grown as a group," Wilson said. "We really enjoy playing together. We've gotten to know each other pretty well and that helps. We know what is expected of us and were just trying to improve."

Wilson, Rissler, and Miller were the workhorse in the Gators first scrimmage work in pads. Charting many of the offensive plays, I noted the vast majority of running plays by the offense went to the right side.

Running back Markus Manson had several nice runs to that side as the offense beat the defense. Wilson looked pretty impressive.

"Working out against the best defensive line has helped us become better," he added. "They bring out the best in you and you can't afford to take plays off against them. We've really tried to get more consistent. They kind of make you do that."

"I think that I've improved," Wilson stated. ". I have a good punch on my blocking and have a good understanding of the playbook. I have to work more on getting my feet set. I do that okay, but I need to get better and more consistent on that. That's the one thing that I've seen on film."

He was rated one of the 20 best offensive guard prospects by Scout.com when he came out of Pompano Beach Ely High School. One year after enrolling at Florida, Wilson finds himself in the mix with several other young players at guard.

Wilson and his offensive teammates have won both of the scrimmage sessions. However, the first controlled scrimmage of the spring will be held tomorrow and he grinned yet again when asked if he is ready for the defense to come out fired up and ready to play.

"We're ready," he said smiling. "That's part of the game. We know they're good. We'll do what we have to do and we'll be ready to go."


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