Gators Continue Spring Drills

The Florida Football team went through a two-and-a-half hour practice Wednesday evening as they are now just ten days away from the annual Orange and Blue Game. The practice was in full pads and featured a number of full contact mini-scrimmages.

The first full contact work involved running backs and receivers facing linebackers and defensive backs in closed quarter tackling drills. Offensive stars were Kestahn Moore who won all but one of his battles with Dustin Doe including a prolonged final match-up that last about 15 seconds before the senior running back finally broke free. Among the receivers, Carl Moore was the toughest to tackle followed closely by Louis Murphy and Deonte Thompson.

I thought today was a very good day for John Brantley. The freshman quarterback threw the ball very well zipping the ball to Moore, Murphy, Thompson and Aaron Hernandez. He also carried out a beautiful fake in a seven on seven contact drill and turned it into what would have been a huge gain. The play certainly excited Tim Tebow who was yelling encouragement after the play and ran down the field for a flying shoulder bump.

There was one after the whistle fisticuff event which got defensive tackle Torrey Davis tossed from practice. He spent about a half hour or maybe more speaking with Terry Jackson after the incident, which is a good indication of one role Urban Meyer has for the newest member of his staff.

One amusing highlight came at the end of the practice when offensive line coach Steve Addazio was walking off the field with new defensive line mentor Dan McCarney. Senior tackle Jason Watkins hollered at Addazio, "don't talk to him, he's the enemy!"

Florida Coach Urban Meyer talked about Jackson and his role with the program and offered an update on the status of injured receiver/runner Percy Harvin who likely have to undergo the knife.

Meyer on Jackson --- "He's a guy who all he wants to know if how can I help Gator football. That's from day one when I met him. There's a lot of issues that are going on right now that Terry has either witnessed, experienced or fought his way through that he can really impact a lot of young people. And he also can help us when kids visit the campus and their families about what a strong academic program and football program (we have). And he's a Gainesville native; so I think he's perfect for what we wanted. There's not a better guy I trust and he's a true Gator."

Meyer on Harvin --- "I can't give you a 'for sure', but it looks like there's a potential he'll have surgery on his heel next week. I'd say it's probable right now, not definitely. I'm going to find out in the next 24 hours. It's the heel bone and it's really unique. We're having trouble finding someone else who's had it."

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