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dbuchanon
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Figured we should start a thread of things we're hearing out of camp.

*Emory showed up looking like he's packed on some pounds, they say he looked bigger than Jalon.
*Burney is at LB beside Reese.
*Dean is at the Star
*Ethan White is down 35 pounds since arriving. Savage is the fkn MAN
*Copeland is out with a hammy
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*** It's just Day 1, but the backup QB plan seems clear ***
You never want to base too much on any one day of spring practice, particularly the very first one, but based on the reps doled out in Day 1 of spring practice it sure seems like Florida is grooming Emory Jones to be the backup quarterback this fall.
After Day 1, it certainly appears to be the case. Jones took the vast majority of the reps with the second team and even mixed in some series with the starters in 11-on-11 work, getting reps ahead of Trask throughout the practice.He seems to have bulked up at least a little bit, as well, though he could still stand to add more weight, as Mullen mentioned on Monday. Jones also seemed to operate the offense more comfortably than he did a year ago either in spring ball or in fall camp.
That's not to say that can't change on Day 2, with Trask taking most of the backup reps and mixing in with the ones. However, coaches typically default to the more veteran player if all else is equal.It seems like things are trending in Jones' direction early on.



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Two of Florida's more talented players were lost for the season last year when cornerback Marco Wilson suffered a torn ACL and running back Malik Davis suffered a broken foot.

Both were dressed out at practice on Tuesday and didn't appear to miss a beat. Though we didn't see much of Wilson in the pass skeleton or 11-on-11 work the rest of the team did (true freshman Chris Steele repped with the starters at cornerback in his place), both looked very fluid running.

Wilson seemed perfectly fine backpedaling at full speed, opening his hips and turning loose and cutting to open field.

Meanwhile, Davis showed now sign of aggravation on the broken foot, not wearing any visible brace or tape and busting a few big runs up the middle during the 11-on-11 portion of practice. That's a great sign for the Gators more than five months before the first game of the season.

Also of note, Brett Heggie looked fully recovered from his injury and repped with the starters at left guard throughout the day.


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In any case, the first-team offensive line on Tuesday from left to right was: Stone Forsythe, Brett Heggie, Nick Buchanan, Chris Bleich and Jean Delance. The second-team offensive line was Richard Gouraige, Ethan White, Tanner Rowell, T.J. Moore and Michael Tarquin. On the third team, freshman Kingsley Eguakun trained at center, while freshman William Harrod was at right guard.

Of note, White flipped between left guard and left tackle later in the practice with the backups. Moore also worked some at right tackle at one point.

Tarquin looked the most capable of the true freshmen, with White struggling a bit in his first college practice against the likes of Jabari Zuniga and Tedarrell Slaton.

Meanwhile, Rowell had some major issues snapping the ball, not at all unexpected for a defensive tackle converted to center for spring practice. Florida needs redshirt freshman Griffin McDowell (scooter accident, out for spring) back in a hurry to ensure it has some depth at center.


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Other News & Notes
-- Starting quarterback Feleipe Franks looked quite crisp on the day after an early misfire or two during the routes-on-air portion. He was exceptionally on point on the deep seam route and the deep go route down the right sideline, hooking up for big completions a number of times to difference receivers. Franks also looks bigger than a year ago, perhaps adding something like 10 pounds to his frame. He looks capable of being a bruising runner now.

-- True freshman quarterback Jalon Jones was quite a bit thinner than expected, perhaps even slighter than redshirt freshman Emory Jones. That was particularly evident in the thigh area, where Emory has more bulk by a good bit. The true freshman Jones struggled with his accuracy throughout the practice in a bit of a rough first day.

-- At running back, reps look like they might be tough to come by for redshirt freshman Iverson Clement. He didn't see any real touches until the very end of the 11-on-11 session, with Davis slotting right back in behind Lamical Perine and sophomore Dameon Pierce also ahead of Clement. Pierce, though, appeared to injure his left shoulder late in the practice, something to keep an eye on moving forward.

-- Kadarius Toney continues to look like the most explosive receiver on the field on a day when the receivers didn't have that many 'Wow' plays as a whole. Toney twice left defensive backs in the dust, one time earning applause from the fans and another time drawing a string of expletives from safeties coach Ron English directed at his guys for stopping early on the route.

-- At tight end, the reps seemed reasonably evenly split. Kemore Gamble probably had the edge in snap count with the "base" offense, but Lucas Krull had some great deep catches and Kyle Pitts was active early and often on slants and shorter routes from a split-out position. Even redshirt freshman Dante Lang was utilized pretty heavily on Tuesday. This will likely be a spot where Florida uses three to four guys routinely again this year.

-- Along the defensive line, a few things of note: Antonneous Clayton is lining up at rush end, as is redshirt freshman David Reese, redshirt freshman Anrew Chatfield, true freshman Mohamoud Diabate, true freshman Jesiah Pierre and, of course, graduate transfer Jonathan Greenard. Luke Ancrum played primarily strong-side end, as did Zachary Carter, though Carter also spent some time inside at tackle.

-- Tedarrell Slaton had at least two sacks in the practice and was active on the pass rush inside.

-- Redshirt freshman Malik Langham worked mostly inside at three-technique, and he is a big, big player. He looks like he could still shed some unnecessary weight or lean down a bit, but he will offer some real size inside.

-- At linebacker, sophomore Amari Burney primarily lined up as the starter along with David Reese. He played very well and showed good coverage skills and recognition toward the flats throughout the day.



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-- Aside from one play where senior linebacker David Reese was beaten deep, the linebackers defended the middle seam route to the tight end relatively well throughout the practice. Rayshad Jackson had one near-interception and a pass breakup on a deep ball, while Reese got his hands on another.

-- Perhaps the most impressive single outing of the day came from nickelback Trey Dean, who will be filling in for Chauncey Gardner-Johnson this fall. Dean was all over just about every play his direction, showing the same kind of instincts to snuff out receiver screens that made Gardner-Johnson so effective last year. He was a stud on Tuesday.

-- Also playing at nickelback were sophomore John Huggins and redshirt junior Christopher McWilliams. Huggins had a strong day, including one pass breakup on a nickel blitz, while McWilliams was beaten by receiver Rick Wells on a nice wheel route and a hookup from Kyle Trask near the end of practice.

-- The starting safeties at Tuesday's practice were Donovan Stiner and Jeawon Taylor. Taylor had an interception of Emory Jones when Jones underthrew a corner route and Taylor sat on it underneath to make a nice play. Brad Stewart ran with the second team at safety.

-- Junior safety Shawn Davis was not spotted at Tuesday's practice by Swamp247.

-- One thing that caught our eye in the 11-on-11 session was the sheer pace at which the Gators were operating. There were between 13-20 seconds between virtually every snap, and the coaches were calling plays without a call sheet and using primarily hand signals. That could be an early indicator that Florida feels it might have to run some tempo next year to get the ball out quick to keep Feleipe Franks healthy.


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Jaylin Jackson could be the next Brandon James
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Heard this guy broke a few big plays today. Think he’s a walkon


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Feleipe Franks


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He was exceptionally on point on the deep seam route and the deep go route down the right sideline, hooking up for big completions a number of times to difference receivers.


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Some vid from today


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He actually had a few good passes, albeit wide open. I think all of the QBs had a pretty solid day today outside of an INT thrown by Jones.


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-- Junior safety Shawn Davis was not spotted at Tuesday's practice by Swamp247.


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Brad Stewart ran with the second team at safety.


Stewart is our best safety, and if Stiner is starting over them both... Thats... concerning.

Also worried about Copeland. If he continues to be hurt, he may be a prime transfer candidate. The WR core isn't exactly weak.


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I think Stewart playing with the 2's was disciplinary and not a sign of who will start.


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Stewart is our best safety, and if Stiner is starting over them both... Thats... concerning.

Also worried about Copeland. If he continues to be hurt, he may be a prime transfer candidate. The WR core isn't exactly weak.


IMO Stewart is not doing what Mullen wants. It is clear that he is the best safety. If he is doing his own thing and not following the process then he needs to sit. Stewart needs to fall in line. Hopefully this gets fixed by the Spring game.


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Emory


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Ill post some more clips later, word is Franks and the Jones’ are all looking pretty good


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Franks cementing himself as the man so far


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Krull seems to be the 1TE


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OL starting today


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