Edwin Herbert (Junior) transferred in January from junior college and was brought on to provide immediate depth to a position that saw its share of scary depth moments in 2008. Herbert practiced hard all spring, but didn't make much of a dent in practice and so he is still a work in progress. We have one highlight from Herbert below.
Jaye Howard (Sophomore) probably had the best spring of all the interior defensive linemen. Howard has that chance to be the guy to make every Gators fan forget about the loss of Torrey Davis at the position. At more than 300 pounds and blessed with quickness and speed, Howard is talented and a quick learner, he made more than his share of plays this spring and we have several of them in the highlight below.
Terron Sanders (Junior) did not participate at all this spring but is expected to be healthy now and could compete today if needed. Sanders started all of the 2008 season and should be better in 2009, but will likely be pressed by Howard.
Omar Hunter (Freshman) was the other beneficiary of an injury to a starter. Hunter got numerous extra snaps as the spring wore on and took advantage of it. He certainly learned a lot as the spring progressed attacking the offensive line lower and with better leverage as he was preached at to do in the earlier practices. Hunter has a perfect body for the nose and also quickness to be a play making force, unlike anyone else o the current roster.
Brandon Antwine (Junior) did not participate this spring and may be available for the fall, but that is debatable at this time.
Lawrence Marsh (Junior) is the returning starter at the nose and had a good year in 2008 as a sophomore starting the entire season. Marsh only completed about two practices before suffering an injury that kept him out of the rest. He should experience some growth when he is healthy in the fall, but look for the competition with Hunter to be his best motivator and the thing that pushes him the hardest.
Troy Epps (Senior) played very little last year before going down with a knee injury. Epps missed almost all of the spring recovering from the injury, but saw a little time at the end. This fall is his last go around and he needs to show more than he has to be a factor at all in the fall.
Defensive Tackle highlights...