A QB Battle This Spring

Spring football practice in Gainesville starts in two weeks and over that time, UFI's Brady Ackerman will breakdown each position with a preview. The first installment is on the one position everyone will be watching very closely - <B>QUARTERBACK</B>.

Spring Preview 2003



The most watched battle in the spring will be the quarterback position where Rex Grossman has departed for the NFL.  He leaves behind one constant - inexperience.  If the new blood at QB can offer one thing it is the ability to run with the football when the plays breakdown.  Let's take a look at the three deep rotation.

Ingle Martin (Red-shirt Sophomore)

As the backup last year Ingle did not see a whole lot of action.  He is not a great practice player but seems to make plays in game situations.  He only threw 10 passes on the season and did run 11 times for 51 yards.  He even caught two passes from the receiver position.  Most will remember Ingle leading UF on an 8-play 68 yard drive against Auburn to give the Gators a 14-0 lead.  He showed great poise and confidence.

Strengths:  Martin is competitive.  He is a gamer and produces in game situations.(Orange and Blue-2002).  Martin must show he can handle major reps and pressure from more highly acclaimed quarterbacks.  He is very well liked by his teammates and guys will play hard for him.
Weakness:  Must improve his passing "consistency".  He throws better on the run than in the pocket and has to improve his long ball throwing.  He is the most experienced guy coming back but he lacks experience.

Gavin Dickey (Red-shirt Freshman)

Gavin is the anointed one by many fans as the next guy.  He did dress and travel with the team, helping him get acclimated to the procedures and atmospheres of road battles.  In practices, he has thrown pretty long balls and has the ability to escape and make people miss.  Dickey has worked well on scout team with rising star receiver Dallas Baker.

Strengths:  From what I have seen he reminds me of a young Charlie Ward.  He has good pocket awareness when there is pressure and really throws a nice catchable ball.  Dickey is very quick and certainly a double threat at the quarterback spot.
Weakness:  He is not comfortable under center yet and his height causes some problems.  His ball will sail on him with middle pressure but he is young and inexperienced.

Patrick Dosh  (Red-shirt Freshman)

Dosh is a bigger kid than Dickey at 6'2" and is a more polished passer.  He did make trips to Georgia and FSU to learn the road experience.  He seemed to buy into the red-shirt year as a year off.  He needs to show a more competitive edge come March 17.

Strengths:  Dosh has a strong arm and a calm, cool hand luke demeanor.   He has a good feel for the offense during the fall but retention will be a key.
Weakness:  Dosh does not have great mobility and needs to be more competitive and develop leadership abilities.

2003 Recruits:

We all know about Chris Leak and he seems to be very committed in the off-season to learn the offense.  He needs to just worry about terminology and personnel until fall camp gets cranked up.  At that point in time, Offensive Coordinator Ed Zaunbreaker and the offensive staff can work with him on reads and checks.  Justin Midgett is a confident and athletic young man.  It would not surprise me if he came in and pushed for backup playing time.  He is the biggest of the quarterbacks and has very good mobility.  Midgett must not get discouraged by all the talk of Chris Leak.

Recruiting Class Breakdown - Quarterbacks

My Post Spring Depth Chart:

1.  Gavin Dickey

2.  Ingle Martin

3.  Patrick Dosh

  And here comes Leak and Midgett.

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