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Swag-steppin' dirt: Observations from the south end zone

It was a wet and gloomy Saturday morning in Gainesville.

Apropos for Florida’s second open practice.

Unlike Thursday’s spirited practice, Saturday’s session was quite sluggish.  

A day removed from Friday’s “D-Day” scrimmage, UF’s players (specifically on offense) looked -- and performed -- listlessly in The Swamp.   

The Gators worked out in full pads, but the light practice was mostly non-contact positional drills, redzone work, special teams and zero live tackling.

The scattered fans in attendance seemed mostly bored unless they were watching Dominique Easley swag-step for two solid hours.

The defense played with more energy (thanks to Easley) and dominated the day, with the offense sprinkling in a few bright spots every now and then.


Here are my observations of Saturday’s practice… 

* Loucheiz Purifoy, teased as a two-way threat, again took zero offensive snaps. The junior cornerback had a nice day in coverage, physically dominating freshmen wideouts Ahmad Fulwood and Alvin Bailey. Purifoy also received work returning punts and kicks.

* It was difficult to evaluate UF’s tailbacks (Mack Brown, Kelvin Taylor, Adam Lane) with no live tackling but all three had issues in pass protection and catching the ball. Taylor did make some sweet cuts and was the No. 1 back in Florida’s final 11-on-11 2-minute drill.

* The Gators hurry-up offense? Yikes. Quarterback Jeff Driskel -- inconsistent Saturday with his decision-making and accuracy -- was running for his life during Florida’s ugly 2-minute drill. The receivers struggled to create separation, while the offensive line and tailbacks couldn’t block UF’s pass rush. Driskel did have a long scramble to set up Austin Hardin’s 42-yard “game-tying” kick. Earlier in practice, Driskel connected with Quinton Dunbar for a 20-yard TD on a bullet between two defenders -- easily his highlight of the day.

* Speaking of yikes: Florida’s backup quarterbacks. Skyler Mornhinweg and Max Staver might have a new tag-team nickname: Wild Thing No. 1 & Wild Thing No. 2. The underclassmen have some serious accuracy issues. Staver has a live arm and made a gorgeous seam throw to Raphael Andrades, but he’s very inconsistent. Very.

* Freshman WR Demarcus Robinson again looked the part as Florida’s deadliest offensive weapon. Solomon Patton and Dunbar did some nice things but overall were quiet.

* Whether it was Driskel, Tyler Murphy, Mornhinweg or Staver under center, Florida really, really labored to score touchdowns in the redzone -- without facing a pass rush. That’s not good.

* Several offensive linemen did well in 1-on-1’s including Tyler Moore (RG), Kyle Koehne (LG, C), Chaz Green (RT), D.J. Humphries (LT) and Trenton Brown (RT). Brown responded well after rough practice on Thursday. The top battle of the day was between Max Garcia (LG) and Leon Orr (DT). Orr, who looked fantastic Saturday, destroyed Garcia on the first rep. Line coach Tim Davis went ballistic and made MG go again and the junior transfer stoned Orr at the line.

* Graduate assistant Chris Leak taught the quarterbacks how to run the opinion -- Don’t worry. I don’t understand that either.

* Suspended linebacker Antonio Morrison worked mainly with the second-team, and the sophomore’s punishment appears ongoing. The linebacker was seen running sprints following the two-hour practice.

* Redshirt freshman Marcus Maye -- whether officially endorsed or not -- is Florida’s starting safety alongside Cody Riggs. On a similar note, Clay Burton is UF’s No. 1 tight end, while Austin Hardin (again, not officially endorsed) is most likely the starting placekicker.

* Other noticeable standouts: GOOD – Easley, Dante Fowler Jr. (what a surprise), Jon Bullard, freshman center Cameron Dillard, Daniel McMillian (LB), Marcus Roberson (nice recovery from Thursday). NOT THEIR DAY – Latroy Pittman (seems to be a theme here), DT Jay-nard Bostwick (he’s huge, but it’s just taking him some time to learn the nuisances of the position), Mack Brown (pass protection, pass protection)


* OL Octavius Jackson participated in practice but was sporting an orange non-contact jersey. LB Darrin Kitchens was also non-contact, but RB Valdez Showers had been cleared.

* Jon Halapio (torn pectoral) wore full pads for the first time in camp, but the injured guard barely participated in practice.

* Vernon Hargreaves III (shoulder sprain), out, had a heavy-duty sling/brace on his left shoulder

* DL Jordan Sherit (knee) returned to practice.

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U have 25 commits riiieet ? Now tell us ALL about the 11 others commits that NOT ONE Top-20 Team offered . The reason why U have no talented depth, like ALL Top-Programs, is because U have to scrap the bottom of the barrel every year to fill out ur entire classes and have been doing so the last 8 years except for 2008. Show me ONE Top-15 Programs that has a commit that wasn't at least offered by a Top-25 program. Just one. Where as U have nearly half Ur class that falls into that very catagory U dUmb clUck. And what happenes when, 5-6 of the 14 above that U mentioned (btw-only 10 of them are any good) decommit in Dec.-Jan. and bolt elsewhere to TOP-Programs as happens EVERY year with Ur still seeking bottom program. And after that, who do U sign ? Yup, more unranked and 2 star scrUbs because ALL of the 100 rest of the top-300 recruits aren't even considering U... But U'll have, "Good character kids that work hard in the classroom and on the field that have potential." THAT CAN'T PLAY FER SHEEET !!! That's why Goldy, the excuse maker, loaded up so early with a dozen unranked and 2-stars BY JULY that still only have offers from the bottom 50 D-1 Schools, 1-AA and D-2... Do U even know why he offered so many duds and has 25 commits compared to the top-programs that have 15-18 and will then close with 8-10 REAL BALLAHS in Jan.-Feb while U will get nada ?

U don't get it and U never will, but when Ur there with the other 20k fans at Ur home games or at home infront of Ur Obama paid flat screen and continue to ask, "Why are our backups that have to play for injured or tired players SO FREAKING BAD and SLOW and CAN'T TACKLE !!!" That will be why U immense TOOL... HALF Ur team just aren't even AVERAGE D-1 College Football Players... That has been the REAL U THANG in the Gables the last DECADE and anyone that knows Football gets it. Ur only as good as Ur PLAYERS and then the Coaches that instruct them... U are officially TEMPLE overall Talent with Penn State mentality... Good Luck with that.

uR u Program the last 8 years wrapped up in a one sentence question ...

***************** When was the last SEASON that u BEAT a RANKED team and didn't LOOOSE to an UNRANKED team ? *****************

GATORS - THREE - 5 STARS ... More to come

u - one 5 star and no more to come ... 18 - average/low 3- stars ? EIGHTEEN !

1 Dalvin Cook - Good running back, but knew he could not replace Duke or even beat out his own teammate in Yearby, who already committed to the Canes, so he chose to go to a school DESPERATE for RBs.



5-11/200 Dalvin Cook is Centrals STARTING R.B. and Ranked Higher on EVERY Board --- Yearby 5-9/180 is the BACKUP Scatback and jet sweep slot reverse motion back.


Ermon Lane - One of 16 offers, but knew we were stacked at WR, chose to go to a school DESPERATE for WRs.



#1 Reciever in the Country offered by EVERY TOP-25 Program including BAMA begging him. Nuff said... And he's afraid of ur WR corp that has NOT ONE Pre-season 1st-2nd- or 3rd. Teamer among them ? Riiieeet. Homestead Homie is petrified by what looms for u at Q.B. is the real reason and rightfully so. u got nada under center for years to come. Williams still ur #2 riiieet ? Wait til he has to replace a one legged Morris like last year.


4 Chris Lammons - Chose one of 18 schools that offered to him based on where he could start right away.



Everyone wanted this kid. EVERYONE. 30+ Top Offers and u weren't even in his top-5.



Quincy Wilson - not even offered by the Canes, despite being local.


He and his Cane father told Goldy don't even bother to offer with over 30/THIRTY Top-Program OFFERS including LSU-Georgia-S.Car.-FSU-T/AnM-Neb.-Michigan-Ohio St.-USC-UCLA... No wonder u didn't offer. Like with the 95% absolute majority of TOP-RECRUITS, u weren't even in the game.


But the absolute Topper was when the S.F.L.A. 3 went on the Hurricane Radio Network and P[]_[]NKED []_[]R AZZZZEZ !!!


and please do tell us all about those 11 unranked n 2 stars, all their offers and how they'll all be the next Ed Reeds andSantana Moss's.


uR u Program the last 8 years wrapped up in a one sentence question ...

*** When was the last SEASON that u BEAT a RANKED team and didn't LOOOSE to an UNRANKED team ? ***

btw... After u looose 5-6 of ur top recruits in Dec.-Jan. all Golden has to do is over-sign like 15-20 more unranked and two star duds and ur 35-40 player class would be top-5 in the QUANTITY rankings... Although ur overall average star ranking per player would be like 2.30*.

Ur around at 3.00* per player now which is barely ranked in the top-30 per player average. Top-Schools are at 3.5* to 3.7* stars per player with only 15-18 commits. And when adding another 2-3 Five-Stars/ 4-5 Four-Stars and 3-4 SOLID Three-Star to round out their classes in Feb... Viola, ALL Top-10 Classes as u will sink in the rankings... It's QUALITY QUANTITY in FEB. u Dopes.

U ? ur done recruiting until the Dec-Jan. annual decommits, then it's more unranked-2-star projects and former Dade/Broward High Schoolers that sucked 2014 Golden Summer reject scrub transfers parade from other programs that can't hack it out of S.Fla. to round out ur yet again average class...

Ur average star per player in ur 2014 class will be below 2.65* GUARANTEED when it's all said n done ! And That BLOWS. It's barely 3.00* now... Just watch it plummet as the season progresses, commits take visits and the Top-Program's will Soar...

remember ... u were warned


9 am OPEN Practice in the SWAMP Today ARTY !!! HOLLA !!!


uR u Program the last 8 years wrapped up in a one sentence question ...

*** When was the last SEASON that u BEAT a RANKED opponent and didn't LOOOSE to an UNRANKED opponent in that SAME SEASON ? ***


don't forget to get in ur wayback macheeene clucks ...


lemme guess, Johnny Manziel would be 2nd. string at ur precious u ?

correctomundo ?

uR u Program the last 8 years wrapped up in a one sentence question ...

*** When was the last SEASON that u BEAT a RANKED opponent and didn't LOOOSE to an UNRANKED opponent in that SAME SEASON ? ***


QuE ?

With an honest reporter like that, cane fans dont even need to be here.lol. thanks jesse, U do our work for us.

Thanks for the bare truth jesse. Will morrison get any gain time on his suspension? We are gonna need all the help we can get.

9 posts with some kind of reverse hurricane envy?

Either jesse is honest or a 'Cane?

A few hundred fans here? Thousands another site said. I believe jesse. He speaks the truth no matter how bad it hurts jlo's feelings. Just like the sec to embellish everything and make it seem grander. Thanks for being honest jesse! The world needs more reporters like him.

There was maybe a thousand fans in attendance. Everyone was scattered around, but the crowd -- to me -- looked smaller than Thursday's crowd.

As for the Morrison question: That issue remains unresolved. As I said earlier in the week, his suspension is a reticent storyline around camp. I think Muschamp painted himself (unnecessarily, IMO) in a tough corner with his comments during SEC Media Days so I doubt he goes back on the two-game suspension. However, because he remains so non-commital on the subject, maybe not.

BTW: I changed it to "scattered" since I dont know exact attendance.

Sure is a lot of Miami envy on here, what gives?

I was wondering the same thing, Gatortime.

Don't let the Miami Morons, like Gatortime, fool you Jesse. All of these posts talking about recruiting and other things that have nothing to do with your story are a copy and paste from the UM blog. These are people posting on EyeOntheU where they are obsessed with a mythical recruiting war.
The Miami Morons then copy and paste these posts here just to clutter up our blog.
Maybe it was Gatortime herself that did that so she could claim "miami envy" later.

As far as the last practice went, there's not much you can do outside in the rain.
And for the idiot who asked, I was in Gainesville this weekend and it was raining most of the time.
Either way more folks showed up to watch a practice in the gloomy rain than the few Morons that made it to canefest.

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