Here is my take on the three most prominent bodies at fullback this spring.
Rick Burgess (Senior, walk-on) seemingly showed up out of nowhere this spring. The transfer from Southern Illinois got some time with the ball when the others were injured. Burgess showed a great deal of play making ability as a pass catching threat and then was able to get yards after the catch and yards after contact within the frame work of the offense.
Steven Wilks (Sophomore) was leading the way at the position through most of the spring before suffering an ACL tear that will see him miss at least most of the 2009 season. Wilks was the most significant injury of the spring and the former Lakeland Dreadnaught was really pushing to get on the field and looking like a viable weapon before he went down.
T.J. Pridemore (Freshman) showed flashes of being a big time asset on the field. He brings size, and power to the position and also can make the catch and run when called upon to do so. He missed about a week of practice with a concussion, but was there enough to make some noise and show that he can contribute on the field in the fall.
2010 looks to be the year of the fullback in the Gator offense. I expect them to be utilized a little in 2009, but they should get a real dose of the spotlight once quarterback Tim Tebow is gone and the offense changes a bit.
Here are some fullback highlights from spring...