Ack's Insights

Here is some news and notes regarding Gator football, basketball and baseball in this week's version of Ack's Insights.

Football Notes:

Ron Zook filled his final vacancy last week with Running Back Coach Mike Locksley from Maryland.  He has  a reputation as a great recruiter which makes him a natural fit with the Gator staff.  He also is a young guy who has proven he can develop good backs, including Bruce Perry last year's ACC leading rusher.  This season Perry was injured the position was still strong with a committee of young backs as the Terrapins went on to an eleven win season.  Larry Fedora moves to outside receivers, looking to develop the young redshirts into playmakers.  His familiarity with the offense (as offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee St) will help his transition.  Dwayne Dixon will work with the tight ends as well as the slot receivers such as Carlos Perez and OJ Small.  Spring practice previews of each position are coming in March but it is still not too early to talk spring ball.  Every year there are certain players on the "hot seat" to either deliver or show signs of improvement to be considered a contender for serious time in the fall. 

We have three levels for players-(Warm, Hot, Boiling Hot). 

Let's begin with offense receivers -  Warm (Kelvin Kight, Vernell Brown)

Boiling Hot - includes classwork- (Reggie Vickers)

Running Backs - Hot (Willie Green)

Offensive Line  - Warm (Lance Butler, Jon Colon, Ryan Carter, Mo Mitchell), Boiling Hot (Jonathen Marvin, Ron Dowdy-he may be at defensive line.)

Quarterback - Hot (Ingle Martin) Warm (Patrick Dosh)

Defensive Line - Warm( Sylvester McGrew, Ray McDonald), Boiling Hot (Kenny Parker injury is reason, Travis Harris who is a project at defensive end, Darrell Lee).

Linebackers - Boiling Hot (Matt Farrior, Reid Fleming who may switch to fullback, Dwright Jackson)

Defensive Backs - Warm (Daryl Dixon), Hot (Larry Kendrick), Boiling Hot ( Tre Orr, Deshawn Carter, Matt Jackson who moves to corner from WR).

My early picks as sleepers for biggest surprises in the spring are on defense Sly McGrew at tackle and Nick Brooks at cornerback.  On offense David Kenner at tight end and Deshawn Wynn at running back.

Basketball Notes:
Florida improved it's all time record at Vanderbilt to 10-36 with the overtime win.  Anthony Roberson continued to struggle behind the arc, although he hit a monster three late.  He is one for his last 17 three point attempts.  Donovan was  unhappy with his team's perimeter players not feeding Matt Bonner or David Lee in the first half.  Christian Drejer is a good passer but has not seen enough action.  Florida's bench contributed zero points and they were still able to win on the road in the SEC.  This does make you wonder if the switch of Roberson to a starter idea sticks.  Florida's win dropped them in the RPI however to number 8.  They are ranked #4 in both polls and if they can win a couple more games will be no worse than a number two seed.  The competition for the other number one seed is diminishing with Louisville losing twice last week.  The prime contender seems to be Pittsburgh, one of the other Big 12 teams Texas/Kansas and the ACC Champ.  Florida has beaten both Maryland and Kansas as well as Georgia who dominated Pittsburgh.  The Gators play South Carolina on Tuesday night, a team that shot 50% at home against them and still lost by a bucket.  David Lee has a chance to redeem himself after getting worked by Tony Kitchings last month in Columbia.  Finally for those who subscribe to the theory "IF it ain't broke don't  fix it!" Anthony Roberson has led UF in scoring 3 of the last 6 SEC games and the most on the team overall with four.He has a game winning shot and a game tying shot.  All those game are with him as a reserve.

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