GAINESVILLE -- Frankie Hammond Jr. with his second touchdown catch of the day. With 6:56 left in the fourth quarter, Hammond caught an eight-yard pass from back-up quarterback John Brantley to give Team Orange a 31-14 lead. Hammond has four receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
--Tim Tebow's spring game appears to be over. John Brantley is now the quarterback for both teams. (For the record, most of the defensive first-teamers never saw the field today: Major, Ahmad, Spikes, etc...)
--Announced attendance is 65,000, according to UF. Doesn't look like 65,000 to me but whatever. (Meanwhile, linebacker Brendan Beal intercepts John Brantley.)
Frankie Hammond Jr. is your frontrunner for spring game MVP after hauling in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Brantley. Orange Team 24, Blue Team 14 in the third quarter. Hammond extended his post pattern for a long gain with several impressive downfield moves.
--Who says John Brantley is hurt? The back-up quarterback just scrambled for a 15-yard score to give the second-teamers a 17-14 lead with 15 seconds left in the half.
--The first-team offense answered the field goal with a touchdown drive. Chris Rainey scored on a three-yard run with 1:21 left to give Team Blue a 14-7 lead. The drive's highlight was a 20-yard pass from receiver Carl Moore to receiver Deonte Thompson.
--Orange Team takes the lead with a 44-yard field goal from Caleb Sturgis. The score was set up by an interception from Dorian Munroe.
--Safety Dorian Munroe intercepted Tebow at the 50-yard line on a pass deflected by linebacker Jon Bostic. Second-team offense takes over at the 28 after a nice interception return from Munroe. (Tebow's arm motion isn't much different than last season, for those asking. Still much slower than Brantley's. Again, I've been writing this all spring. QB coach Scot Loeffler is not trying to change Tebow's arm motion very much.)
--The second-team offense gets on the board with another touchdown catch by a fullback. This time back-up John Brantley found fullback Rick Burgess for a one-yard touchdown play. (Hooray, so exciting!) Earlier, Tim Tebow connected with first-team fullback T.J. Pridemore for a score. Blue Team 7, Orange Team 7.
FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS BELOW
--Receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. of Hallandale pulled down a 47-yard pass from John Brantley late in the first quarter. Pretty play. Second-team offense driving.
--Touchdown T.J. Pridemore on a two-yard pass from Tebow. Blue Team 7, Orange Team 0.
Game on. The first highlight of the day came on the fourth play, a 37-yard play from Chris Rainey, who turned a short pass into a long gain.
The first-team offense (Team Blue) vs. first-team defense (only it's not the first-team defense). Second-team offense (Team Orange) vs. second-team defense.
Per trandition, UF students ran the 40-yard dash against a few players before the spring game. Aaron Hernandez won his heat, racing against Brandon Hicks. Chris Rainey won the light-division race, defeating Frankie Hammond Jr., Adrian Bushell and Emmanuel Moody (in that order).
--Remember we're blogging live beginning at 1 p.m.To pass the time before the spring game begins, here are some notes and links you might enjoy...
-Florida coach Billy Donovan is close to hiring Richard Pitino as the Gators' newest assistant basketball coach, according to several reports. Pitino is the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Donovan played for Rick Pitino at Providence and was later one of Pitino's assistants at Kenutcky. Richard Pitino coached at Louisville last season with his father. Richard Pitino would replace former UF assistant Shaka Smart, who is the new head coach at VCU.