GAINESVILLE -- Hope y'all haven't forgotten about Bo Williams because Mr. Williams hasn't forgotten about y'all. He said "What's up?!?" to South Florida yesterday after the Gators' football practice and told Gator Clause that he is improving dramatically as the season progresses.
Williams, an Oakland Park Northeast grad (Go 'Canes!), scored two touchdowns (one was a long run) during Florida's practice on Tuesday. No word if Williams might see the field this week against Florida Atlantic. Florida played Western Carolina this time last year and the game served as a good opportunity for young players to get some playing time.
Gator Clause suspects Williams will not play this week against FAU. Florida coach Urban Meyer moved Markus Manson from defensive back to running back on Monday to add depth to the backfield after Chevon Walker quit the team. That means Williams is still in line for a redshirt.
When Florida offered Williams last winter the Gators' coaching staff (running backs coach Stan Drayton) told Williams he would need at least a year to develop into an Southeastern Conference running back. Florida is sticking by its words, it seems, although there have rumors that Williams could be moved to linebacker next spring.
Redshirting Williams might offer some glimpse into the Gators' future. Along with Williams, Florida will also redshirt freshman quarterback John Brantley and receiver Deonte Thompson.