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Practice Report: HEATIN' UP

Florida held its third and final open practice of training camp Monday, a 16-session affair in the blistering sun at high noon. The end zones and entrance to the field were painted with "12:21," the start time to the opener (Aug. 31) against Toledo.


The slow-paced practice wasn't particulary earth shattering, as Loucheiz Purifoy (CB), Dominquie Easley (DT) and Dante Fowler Jr. (DE) shined again. Shocker.

Wideouts Quinton Dunbar, a junior, and Demarcus Robinson, a freshman, looked good, and they continue to separate themselves from the rest of Florida's shoddy group.   

Instead of an overall observations piece, we'll do this more like a mailbag. Have a question about Monday's practice (or any of the open practices)?


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From your observations:

Fire one: who will be the Gators top 3 starting receivers?

Two: will RB Jones be the starter for the Hurricanes game and why is Taylor dropping in the depth chart?

Three: how is Driskel's accuracy, and will the passing game demand any attention from defenses, allowing the running game to be effective?

I assume we will be playing a 3 - 4 on D. Are the 4 starting LBs Fowler, Powell, Taylor and Ball?
Who will play alongside Easly on the D line?

If I can dare ask from the opposing sideline:

What will be Florida's biggest weakness on defense? I see alot of turnover from last year, but Florida has capable replacements. Sure, they are listless playing against the less than stellar UF offense, but which of those areas are truly weak and which are just coasting until the real games?

What will be Florida's biggest strength on offense? I see alot of new faces replacing alot of skill positions other than QB. Sure, they are looking bad playing against the very good UF defense, but which of those areas are truly weak and which are just coasting until the real games?

Of course, you can choose not to answer those because they come from a Canes fan, but it isn't like Al Golden will be asking my advice or not figure those items out from film. I just want to get a quick viewpoint from the folks on the inside.

The sorry canes became UL fans after the Sugar. They live their lives vicariously, cherishing when other teams do what they have been unable to do for a decade.
With nothing to be proud about their sorry team they are fixated on UL performance in the Sugar.

Posted by: jls14234 | August 20, 2013 at 09:42 AM

RNo, I'm just a fan of any team that is playing against you turds

Good morning u silly cane clucks... I'm here to give u ur lesson and homework assignment for the day... Can u read ? Here we go...

Research the Rivals.com 2014 Recruiting rankings where u currently sit ranked at #4 with the ridiculous number of 26 commits (with nearly half that number being commits that still haven't been offered by ANY Top-20 team, but more on that at the end of ur lesson) in August....

ok, are u at the 2014 recruiting rankings page yet ? Good for u, we're on our way...

Now, take a very good look at where the present "Top-Program" teams with only 14-18 commits and along with their AVERAGE per man *-rating are ranked in "August" like...


#2) Alabama - 18 -- 3.6 *

#4) miami -- 26 --- 3.1 *

#5) Ohio St.- 17 -- 3.4 *

#6) Notre Dame- 17 - 3.7 *

#9) Georgia -- 16 - 3.5 *

#11) T AnM -- 14 - 3.6 *

#12) Clemson - 15 - 3.4 *

#13) Michigan- 15 - 3.4 *

#14) FLORIDA -- 15 - 3.6 *

#16) LSU ------ 14 - 3.4 *

#22) Auburn --- 14 - 3.3

#26) S. Car. -- 13 - 3.5


u see that page now ? u see what ALL these alike Top-Ranked Programs have in common in August ? YES !!! Good answer cane cluck ! Right, their classes are 13-18 TOP commits that basically average 3.5* per player. The Coaches of the Top-Programs have a recruiting model that allows room during and at the end of the Season to ADD the TOP-TALENT that has yet to commit or WILL decomit (in ur case) in Dec.-Jan.-Feb. Make sense now cane clods ? No ? ok lets continue shall we. I'll try to put it into the very simplest of terms just for u.

Simple Math... There are 50 of the Top-100 High School Players that have Committed to a Program as of now... There are another 50-60 of the Top-300 High School players that still haven't committed... Then there will be another 30-40 of those committed players that will decommit and go elsewhere... u following ? OK good... So that roughly leaves 120 or so of the Top Kids that are still up for grabs. The above mentioned teams, excluding u of course, and maybe a few others like USC-Oregon-Texas-Oklahoma will ALL FEAST on these 4-5 Star (and solid 3-star projects that can play football, unlike a dozen of ur present unranked and 2-star duds) Stud uncommitted kids, hauling in average of up to 8-10 each raising their Class to 25-28 kids as their average * ratings per kids will sky-rocket to the 3.7 * -3.9 * and Top-10 Rankings. u ... u axe ? Well u will get none of these remaining Top kids because ur Class is FULL (half-full of unranked, 2 and low low 3 stars) and u will looose a few of ur better commits and drop in the rankings and average * per player like a stone in Biscayne Bay... And when Feb. rolls around and u still have 4-5 spots to fill after decommits, do u have any idea just who u will fill them with? Nope ? Neither does Goldie, because they'll be some ham n egger hacks that sends in tape from a plane hanger or unranked 6-6 280 with Frankenstein feet that Al will sweet talk u as having," great potential and great character but has NEVER played football... Oh then of course the proverbial next June/July transfers that couldn't hack it where they initially committed that u dopes will pencil in as potential starters and future stars... What u don't realize is that the above mention TOP-PROGRAMS don't even sniff these kinds of bums... They toss them off their teams as ur all to happy to pick up their table scraps from the floor in hopes u have more diamonds in the rough. News flash, Al has the deed to a Coral Gables defunked diamond mine ... Silly, silly cane fan. That's no model for success, but it seems to be a main chapter in Goldie's 300 page binder.

Now Finally... Time for ur homework clucks ... Take the above 2014 present Class rankings listed above and on the Rivals.com web page. u back there yet? ... Now notice where they are ranked. Not great right but good. Now go to the top of the Rankings page and find the drop down box labeled "More Rankings" and click on 2013 and compare where the above mention teams "FINISHED" in 2013. Impressive huh ? That's what TOP-PROGRAM Coaches do. The FINISH ! ... Heck keep on clicking 2012-2011(where were u?)-2010-2009...

So in closing cane st[]_[]pidents, don't u forget to comprehend the importance of just not the ranking and size of the Classes... But the all important * QUALITY of the RECRUITS. It's Quality u dumb nocomprende clucks not QUANTITY.

That why u are STILL UNRANKED going on 5 years... HAVEN'T BEAT a RANKED TEAM in 4 years. And Continually, EVERY YEAR to LOOOSE To UNRANKED TEAMS MULTIPLE TIMES YEARLY since 2006... Now tell me I'm lying clucks.

Now go do ur homework and try to learn something that real College Football Aficionados comprehend.


HOLA ARTY !!! See you soon Bro !

it's getting closer to game day Arty and the Spring n Summer Champs are already dropping like flies ... Injuries, combine with their glaring lack of depths will doom them all year as by October they will once again become forever young...

The NCAA will put the final nail in ur dumpster coffin any day now. And it's gonna hurt.

Arty and I continually tell u... But u never listen nor learn.


and so the blog Pig continues his tour of all blogs posting the same drivel as always. He is not Gator fan. He is a Pig just destroying everything in his overweight zitty path.

We got U and U ain't gonna like it... U have just U to blame...

U won't have a decent full recruiting class again until 2020...

50 schollies over 5 years and 10 years probation as a repeat multiple Habitual offender... u did it to urselves over 30 years.

Gross Lack of Institutional Control for many, many, many years past.

Be prepared and put on ur hardhats as the sledgehammer is about to fall.


1. Florida's top 3 WRs are Dunbar, Robinson and Trey Burton (slot). After that guys like Solomon Patton (who's had a nice camp but has just 8 career receptions), freshman Ahmad Fulwood (6'5", 191) and Latroy Pittman, a sophomore, are in the mix. Again, Dunbar and Robinson have really distanced themselves.

2. Right now, I tend to think Jones will be back for the Miami game. If he is, Florida will probably rotate he, Mack Brown and yes, Kelvin Taylor, for carries. Taylor simply hasnt had a great camp (see: my brief editorial) but it's a farce to think he's not better than Showers or Herndon. By week 4 (Tennessee game), I see Taylor up near the top of the depth chart behind Jones.

3. Driskel's accuracy is fine. That's not one of his main attributes. He does seem to have better touch on the ball on crossing routes, but aside from long connections with Robinson, the deep ball hasnt been there consistently -- a combination of factors between Driskel, the o-line and WRs not creating separation. I think Driskel is going to be fine this season. Florida has tons of questions, and to me, his progression is way down on the list of concerns. He won't be an All-SEC QB, but he'll be a good one. The biggest question is will he have any help?

JLS: Florida utilizes a "multiple" defensive scheme -- a combination of 3-4, 4-3 principles. With Ronald Powell back, the Gators may play a more traditional 3-4, but I doubt it. Muschamp loves his 4-2-5 regular look, and UF will play 6 DBs (bc of sheer volume of talent) on the field a bunch too.

Florida's "1-regular defense" looks like this: Jon Bullard (DE), Dominique Easley (DT), Leon Orr (NT), Dante Fowler Jr. (BUCK/DE), Neiron Ball (WLB), Michael Taylor (or Antonio Morrison when he returns) (MLB), Ronald Powell (SLB), Marcus Robinson (CB), Marcus Maye (S), Cody Riggs (S), Loucheiz Purifoy (CB).

In the 4-2-5 or DIME defense, Orr and Ball (or Taylor) leave the field, and guys like Brian Poole (CB/NICKEL), VHIII (CB/NICKEL), Jaylen Watkins (CB/S) and Jabari Gorman (S) slid in.

Totally fair questions, Gator Logic.

1. Florida's biggest "weakness" on defense is its linebacker depth. Yes, Florida will have some early season breakdowns in the secondary due to inexperience at safety, but I think those issues will quickly be corrected because the talent is obviously there.

(Quick aside: I do think UM will have opportunities to take advantage of this if the 'Canes line can pass block)

But Florida's linebackers all seem a year away. The three freshman are promising -- AA, McMillian, Davis -- but they're not ready to be every-down contributors. Morrison is very solid, but how much help will he have? Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins were two great coverage linebackers, versatility Taylor, Ball and others have yet to illustrate.

One defensive element certain to improve this season is UF's pass rush. Fowler is a budding star, as is Jon Bullard. Powell's return is a bonus, while Easley's move back to tackle makes the whole line better.

2. Offensively, UF will continue to be a physical ground-n-pound attack. Jones, if healthy, is an all-conference talent after guys like Gurley, Yeldon, Marshall and Hill. Florida's offensive line should be better sans Xavier Nixon and Jimmy Wilson, although not having Halapio all spring or training camp is disconcerting.

Again, I think Driskel will be better this season. Not awesome, but better. It remains to be seen just how much help he'll have though.

Of course, you can choose not to answer those because they come from a Canes fan, but it isn't like Al "Golden will be asking my advice or not figure those items out from film. I just want to get a quick viewpoint from the folks on the inside."
Posted by: Gator Logic

Logic, you are funny. Jesse is a class act and thus he gave you an answer. Rest assured no one thought Golden would be asking your advise, or reading these comments either. Whether he, or Donofrio to be more accurate, can figure out anything on film or otherwise is very much debatable.
Did you notice I stopped calling you "twisted logic"?
It's because your posts have been fewer in number and less convoluted recently.
Now we have a copy and paste spammer to deal with. Since Jesse came on board this is the best blog on the Herald and jealous trolls will try to ruin it if they could.

Cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck.....This is what the ratlizzurd board is gonna look like until you keep your damned trash at home!

I thought I'd check out this blog to get some insight on the Gators. I see Canes trolls have decided to invade this blog. Mr. Simonton seems to be doing a great job with his blog and it is nice that he responds to posts. It's a shame he has to put up with this garbage.

This is the best cane team in at least 10 years. The tandem of Morris and Duke has to be the best in the NCAA. The Wr are 6 deep. We will score at will. Who needs a good defense.
Al Golden has to be the best coach in America. And what a nice tie!

Posted by: delUsionalcane

What a great name, it is very fitting.

Posted by: Sunny Dee

Jesse makes this the best blog on the Herald, it is very interactive as you have noticed that he responds to the readers. He even responds to cane trolls, and is nice to them as well.
I welcome you and any intelligent cane fan who is ready to have a civil discussion.

J , how do u know a troll is copying and pasting troll posts here??????????????????????....? Answer...............U are he troll that originally wrote them. Looser!

Posted by: gators are scrambling

No. All you have to do is peruse the comments at eye on the U or Barry Jackson's column and you will find all these posts there. They have no rhyme or reason to be here, that is why they make no sense. They are taken from other blogs and spammed here.
It doesn't take too much intelligence or intuition to figure that out, you just need to know how to read.
That is how I know that a troll is copying and pasting.

No its because U wrote them originally...

You trolls are funny, I have been accused of many things by your ilk. First you claimed I was stealing other people's IDs when it was my ID that was stolen by Sidcane and others, and used to post crap on this blog when Jesse first came on board.
Now you claim I'm the one spamming this blog with copy and paste and that I'm the author of all those posts. You are incorrect again, and it is more likely that you and your ilk are the ones to blame.
You have a habit of accusing others of the very things you do.
Go figure.

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