Ingle is Gator QB ... for now

The smart money says incoming freshman Chris Leak will be Florida's No. 1 quarterback this fall, but head coach Ron Zook continues to praise holdover QB Ingle Martin.

Zook said during an SEC coaches' teleconference earlier this week that Martin advanced by ''light years'' during the Gators' recent spring practice. Although he saw only mop-up duty last year, Martin reportedly is confident that he can hold the first-team job.

''Ingle knew last year that, barring injury, Rex Grossman was going to be the quarterback,'' Zook said. ''It's hard (as a little-used backup) to maintain the level of intensity you have to have, particularly when you're an inexperienced player. The one thing he did was, he attacked this spring. He came in with the attitude, 'Hey, it's my job to lose, and I'm going to show people I can be the quarterback at the University of Florida.' He impressed me with all aspects of his play.''

Whoever the Gator QB is, he'll surely miss the receiving skills of Taylor Jacobs, a second-round NFL draft pick last weekend. In an effort to replace Jacobs' big-play abilities, Zook plans to play All-SEC cornerback Keiwan Ratliff at wideout this fall. How much offense Ratliff plays will depend on how much secondary depth Florida develops between now and the season opener.

''A little bit will have to do with how the new guys coming in perform in the secondary,'' Zook said. ''We've got a junior college guy who's very talented and we have a very talented high school guy. The more they can handle, the more opportunity we'll have to use him on offense. Keiwan's a guy who's very, very talented when he gets the ball in his hands.''

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