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Florida Gators spring practice DAY 2: Rain, Andre Debose sighting, and more

GAINESVILLE -- The Gators practiced in the pouring down rain today. Got to admit, I didn't watch much of it. I was busy staying dry and working the phones regarding the Billy Donovan rumors.

I did see a few things of note, though. Receiver Carl Moore looked pretty good for the second day in a row (Some of you might find this funny) and so did back-up quarterback John Brantley. Sophomore defensive tackle Omar Hunter is in the best shape of his life (or at least his life since he has been at UF). Keep reading for all the details...(It's free insight!)

Full-pads note...
--UF will practice at 10:10 on Saturday morning. It's the Gators' first day in pads. Players are scheduled to report at 7 a.m. That means no late-night partying on Friday night. UF coach Urban Meyer expects his team to be ready in the morning for a spirited workout.

"Tomorrow is going to be a big day. Tomorrow is full pads," Meyer said. "We’ll do our get-tough drills — period three and period four — and finish with a goal-line, short-yardage scrimmage. I told them I’ll know when they come in at 7:30 in the morning if we have a good team or not. If they come in like they don’t like it, if they were more interested in what goes on Friday night then we’ll probably have a real bad team like we did two years ago. If they come in real serious about their approaching, then I think we’ll have a good chance to win a couple games."

Carl Moore note...

As I mentioned earlier, Carl Moore had a pretty good day. Meyer noticed the same thing: "Carl Moore had one of his better days, especially with the weather," Donovan said. "Last spring he was not a very good player. Sometimes a lot of guys come in here, ‘OK. So I didn’t have a good spring. I can still come in here and go start in the fall,’ and that rarely happens. You earn spots in the spring. In the fall you go get ready to play games. You game play. You develop. I think he’s competing for a spot because if he doesn’t it’s just going to be another average spring for him."

Defensive tackles...

Meyer doesn't seem too concerned about the loss of defensive tackles Torrey Davis and John Brown. On Friday, Meyer said that "we're going to be pretty good" at defensive tackle. "You got [Terron] Sanders and [Lawrence] Marsh. Jaye Howard is going hard — he’s almost 300 pounds — then you’re going to have Omar Hunter, you’re going to have Brandon Antwine, Troy Epps. So, you’ve got a little big of depth and you’ve got Gary Brown coming in."

Quarterbacks coach note...

Meyer isn't totally sold on new quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler just yet, but Meyer likes what he sees so far. "His impact, his teaching ability—one of the best teacher’s I’ve ever been around. His knowledge brings a little bit different approach to the game," Meyer said.


When asked what kind of difference Loeffler has made so far, Meyer was a little more reserved: “I’ll tell you after next year, when you look at the statistics and how our guys play."


Young defensive ends note...

Sophomore-to-be William Green and redshirt-freshman-to-be Earl Okine are battling for playing time this spring. Okine is bench pressing around 400 pounds, according to Meyer, but the coach is still waiting to see how Okine performs in pads before making a decision on his place in the depth chart. “He’s either going to play or he’s not. If he waits until July to go make his push, or August, he’s going to watch a lot of football for us instead of playing."

Meyer said on Friday that Green is "going to have a great year for us" but also said that Green needs to continue to work on his speed. Green isn't fast enough for Meyer just yet. "His speed has to continue to improve," Donovan said. "His motor and his first step are tremendous, but that’s one thing we’ve got to continue — he doesn’t have that Jarvis Moss speed. He’s got the Jarvis Moss go-hard, but he’s going to have a great year for us."


Meyer said that Green is definitely playing defensive end this season and not linebacker. Green gives UF's defense options. He is versatile enough to play on the outside of a 3-4 defense. 


Offensive line note...

This is an important spring for James Wilson. The redshirt sophomore-to-be is currently starting at left guard. Wilson has never been healthy for spring practice and Coach Meyer is anxious to see how Wilson responds on Saturday during the Gators' goal-line scrimmage. "Tomorrow we’ll find out," Meyer said. "Today we’re just jogging around touching people.


Jeff Demps note...
Running back Jeff Demps did not practice on Friday. He was practicing with the track team. Demps will practice with the football team on Monday and Wednesday during the spring and practice with the track team on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Kick return note...

With Brandon James out with a foot injury, Florida is searching for a few return specialists this spring. Meyer said on Friday that Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey, Janoris Jenkins and Deonte Thompson are practicing at the position. "We finally have some guys who can do it," Meyer said.

Andre Debose note...

Guess who was at Florida's practice on Friday? That's right, Andre Debose. Debose is the UF receiver commitment who is expected to compete for playing time this summer. The Sanford Seminole star was in street clothes on Friday and watched practice from the practice field. He chatted with his former teammates and coaches. Meyer says Debose will be a slot receiver next season.

"Andre Debose looks great," Meyer said. "I want him practicing."




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