Zook wants cornerbacks to develop, fast

HOOVER, AL – All of the talk surrounding the Florida program centered around off the field problems for Gator players.

"What is disappointing is that a couple of guys have made some bad decisions," said Zook of the off the field problems that certain Florida players have had this summer. Zook did not suspend linebacker Channing Crowder after an off the field incident; it was not his first violation of team policies.

"You constantly try to teach your players how to act," said Zook. "Each situation and person is different."

One player that Zook has had no problems with is his quarterback.

"Chris Leak is about one thing: the team," said Zook.

His impressive young quarterback was well received in numerous preseason publications. Zook said that even though Leak is still young, expectations are high for him this year.

"He cares about winning and being the best that he can be," Zook said. "He is one of those guys that when he talks, his teammates listen. He is a year more mature and a year older will make him a better player. He works extremely hard."

And while Leak strengthens Florida's offense, the defense could struggle at an important spot.

"We don't have a lot of experience at the cornerback spot. It is important to get those guys as much experience as possible," said Zook of the Gators' number one problem.

Personnel problems or not, pressure has always been on Zook to take Florida back to national prominence. He has not done that, yet.

"There is no question that we are doing the right things and that we are headed in the right direction," replied Zook when asked about being on the "hot seat" in Gainesville. He replaced legendary Florida coach Steve Spurrier three years ago when he bolted for the NFL.

Zook has posted back-to-back 8-5 records in his first two seasons at Florida.


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