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A litany of practice observations from Day 8 of camp

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GAINESVILLE -- A day after Florida completed a physical (closed) scrimmage with between “80-85 snaps,” the Gators practiced in the sweltering humidity early Monday morning.

It wasn’t the crispest of workouts, and once again, positional drills, special teams work and individual battles dominated the open practice. Florida also worked extensively on situational passing drills, namely third down and 1-minute scoring drives.

Following Sunday’s tough scrimmage, a number of players were absent from practice, including tailback Matt Jones (knee swelling), wideout Andre Debose (knee swelling), guard Trip Thurman (shoulder), defensive lineman Taven Bryan (strep throat) and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (knee bruise).

Meanwhile, starting tailback Kelvin Taylor (hamstring), tailback Adam Lane (undisclosed), end Alex McCalister (shoulder), end Bryan Cox Jr. (shoulder) and end Jon Bullard (ankle) worked out in the “the pit,” pulling sleds and tossing medicine balls.  Defensive backs Marcus Maye and J.C. Jackson, along with sophomore linebacker Alex Anzalone and freshman tight end DeAndre Gooslby, practiced in non-contact jerseys.

Without further ado, some quick-hitting observations from Florida’s eighth day of training camp…

-- Without Taylor, Jones or Lane, the Gators were down to just two scholarship tailbacks (Brandon Powell and Mack Brown). Powell continues to climb the depth chart, again showcasing his quick-twitch ability and skills an as option in the passing game.

-- Junior linebacker Antonio Morrison, much-maligned last season, had his best (open) practice of camp.

-- The ball hit the ground waaaaaay too much during pass skeleton drills and 7-on-7 work. The wideouts had tons of drops and the quarterbacks airmailed too many throws -- all while Florida’s defensive backs weren’t particularly impressive in coverage.

-- Jeff Driskel had a fine day, connecting well with various playmakers on short and/or intermediate throws. Driskel has an obvious chemisry with transfer tight end Jake McGee, but Florida's vertical passing game remains a real work in progress.

-- Freshman receiver C.J. Worton continues to stand out as the No. 2 slot wideout.

-- Florida’s coaches -- especially TEC Derek Lewis, DBC Travaris Robinson, OC Kurt Roper and HBC Will Muschamp -- were very vocal throughout practice. Roper constantly lit into the freshmen quarterbacks (Will Grier and Treon Harris both struggled again, mainly with decision-making and timing), while Muschamp and Robinson chewed out the freshmen defensive backs (namely Jalen Tabor) for gambling too often for interceptions. Also, Maye was forced to run laps for much of practice following multiple mistakes, including jumping offsides on a blitz during 11-on-11 work.

-- Florida successfully “completed” a pair of 1-minute scoring drives, as kickers Frankie Velez and Brooks Abbott both drilled game-tying 46-yard field goals. One drive was aided by the fact Florida’s defense played extremely loose coverage, with menacing pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr. bizarrely lined up opposite wideout Demarcus Robinson. Robinson (predictably) gained 20+ yards on a quick hitter to set up the field goal try.

-- The offensive line produced another up-and-down day. D.J. Humphries struggled in 1-on-1 drills, but the left tackle preformed much better during scrimmage snaps. Roderick Johnson is battling for a starting spot at right tackle. The redshirt freshman dominated drill work, however, his success didn’t translate as well in 11-on-11 sessions. During one session, Johnson was whipped twice on consecutive snaps, as a walk-on and Morrison simply beat him off the edge with speed moves.

-- UF’s young, blue-chip defensive linemen continue to push for rotational roles. Joey Ivie (DT), Gerald Willis III (DE) and Jordan Sherit all flashed at times.

-- Skyler Morhinweg tossed the best pass of his career I’ve ever seen him make: A gorgeous 40-yard touchdown fade to sophomore wideout Ahmad Fulwood. Fulwood actually dropped a similar pass from Driskel at the beginning of practice. 

-- Finally, the absolute best moment of practice? When Robinson and Powell alternated fielding punts, trying to catch as many balls as possible at one time. Powell snagged five before barreling over, but then Robinson and his freakish hands did this… 

 

That between-the-legs, one-handed transfer? Whew.

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Until Florida has a vertical passing game, we will suck, big time. End of story.

snooze. Gators are back to has beens and never were's.

Posted by: SUICYCO

Of course you are correct my fellow Gator but let us have a little patience and give Roper a chance.
By all accounts Driskel has a strong arm and the receiving corps are very good. All we need now is for them to connect and make it happen. It wasn't happening with Pease and his system so we made the change we had to. Now is time to perform. If not then Driskel and Muschamp are gone.
I believe they will get it done now that the spread offense is back in town but we will soon see.
Let's Go Gators! Pour on the points early and often!

Roper blows....and the offense can't compete

Can't wait to see the pressure on the qb when game time rolls around. The nOline is still a problem and now the receivers are dropping ball? Jesse even said too many balls were hitting the ground. Keep praying on the few they catch and it will be another shameful season.

Keep your hopes up, we all know you're really hoping the gators match the sorriness the canes have displayed for the last 10 years. Thankfully, we're not the canes. It's been 34 years since we've had a season that bad. The canes have had multiple terrible seasons over the last 10 years. Keep hoping and keep talking. It's all you got!

JLS and GatorAlum: believe me, I have HOPE, but that's about all I have when it comes to Florida's football team. It's time for Driskel (and Robinson or Roberson or whatever that wide receiver's name is)to live up to the hype.

GO GATORS!

Keep your hopes up, we all know you're really hoping the gators match the sorriness the canes have displayed for the last 10 years. Thankfully, we're not the canes. It's been 34 years since we've had a season that bad. The canes have had multiple terrible seasons over the last 10 years. Keep hoping and keep talking. It's all you got!
Posted by: GatorAlum | August 11, 2014 at 09:48 PM

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And yet when It mattered most WE BEAT THE TURDS

SUICYCO, the results from 2012 and 2103 are pretty obvious. You can't lose 22 players to injury and have any kind of success what so ever, especially when you lose your starting QB and RB, several o linemen, and one of the best defensive players we've had in a while. This team was built for the spread offense, especially at the QB position, so the hope is warranted. If Roper can lead Duke to a Coastal Division title, with what everyone except these select few cane trolls know is inferior talent, then there's plenty to be excited about. Don't let the trolls get in your head. There's a lot more to be excited about than what these losers have for the 11th year in a row. At least we made changes in the areas we needed, OC and offensive line coach. The canes are still the same team they've been with no hope in site, so they come on here and criticize anything and everything to make themselves feel better. Just watch the reaction to this comment and laugh at their sorriness. You can bet for sure we'll hear about blocking each other and losing to Georgia Southern or losing to them in the fluke game of the year, or some other extremely overused cliche from the last year. Ready….Set……Go

The funniest thing of all is how incredibly stupid this loser cane fan is. He argues till he's blue in the face that he's not the same person yet basically types word for word the same thing over and over again. And this is his trademark:
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Loser, if you're going to deny you're the obsessed pathetic loser, at least type something different each time you post. You make it way too easy to identify you. "I'm not the same person….public diploma mill……Ufail…noline….mancave…..muscramp……Turds……JLO…..Gatordumb…////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Come on community college reject, we're smart enough to put 2 and 2 together. Hilarious!!!

No gatordumb, your diploma has failed you yet again. If you ever get your GEDthen take a coarse in math called logic. You will see 2+2 ddoesn't always equal four. I never use childish words like "turds" or some of the many that jlo uses. I mostly speak about the team while these other guys speak of you guys.
Speaking of team....does it seem like the receivers are trying to get rid of driskel? Lot of dropped balls.

I AM OBSESSED WITH THE GATORS! I am so obsessed I will probably respond to my own comment on how I can't sleep at night and don't go to my job at Burger King so I can post here ALL DAY LONG!

"take a coarse in math called logic. You will see 2+2 ddoesn't always equal four."

Another gem by sid the Moron cane. Not only do you need to take a COURSE in logic, you need to buy some common sense and some decency. Oh and get some reading comprehension and spelling, grammar and syntax too.
But I know that is too much for a poor little Moron from Bunnel to do, so you will remain the slob you are. 2 + 2 always equals 4 unless you are a deluded candy cane clown.

GatorAlum you are correct about the 22 injuries last year but it was worse than you say. Murphy was our 3rd string QB( behind Driskel and Brisset), he was always 3rd string. We ended the year with our 4th string QB as a starter. No program can overcome that.

It's very simple, either Driskel will shine under the Roper system or he along with Muschamp will be gone next year. I believe he will do very well this season.
Pour on the points earl and often.
Let's Go Gators!!!!!!!!!!

jls says he will ignore the Canes fans on here, yet he REPEATEDLY attacks them on the Canes blog, and then ignores his own advice, ripping somebody for a TYPO, that many phones and tablets accept because "coarse" is also a word.

As for 2+2 not always equal to 4, I trust this PhD professor before I trust an obsessed troll that not only ignores the cease fire, but then escalates it on here by ignoring his own advice, and attacks someone for a TYPO. and you are not even CONSIDERING the mathematical base 3, where 2+2=11. YOu see, just as you assume we are the same person, you assume that he was talking base ten, and talking about ratio scale.

http://virgil.azwestern.edu/~dag/lol/TwoPlusTwo.html

"There are more things in heaven and earth, jls,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

Now, you can CHOOSE to keep attacking, or you can back off. He made a comment about your team, and about the article, did not troll, and you chose to attack him tag team with your buddy gatoralum. Gatoralum even ripped the concept of HOPE, while even SUICYCO admitted that he had HOPE. So, which is it, that HOPE is a bad thing, or a good thing?

Now, I offered to leave, and you sent "Fact Check" over to troll our board anyway, rippinng HOPE just like Gatoralum did. Coincidence? SUUUURRRE it was coincidence.

sid, sorry to see that they cannot accept a simple comment about the article or their team from you without getting personal and attacking you for things you never do. But by now, you know that it is their modus operandi on both boards. They steal IDs (as they did to you here), they lie, (as they did to you here), and they CLAIM to take the high road, when in fact they are the first to fire shots at ANYONE that doesn't agree with their groupthink.

Keep up the good work, and thanks for keeping the cease fire as you did until they broke it. Shows you have more class than they do.

" It's been 34 years since we've had a season that bad. The canes have had multiple terrible seasons over the last 10 years."

Another lie from the namechanging troll "Fact Check/Gatoralum"

FACT: You lost 8 games. It was 37 years since we lost 7 games, not in the past 10, as you claim.
FACT: You won only 4 games. It was 37 years since we won less than 5 games, not in the past 10, as you claim.

FACT: You lost to a division 2, paid for team, at home. You say we cannot bring it up because it was last year? Wrong. It is part of your CURRENT seven game losing streak.

FACT: At no point in this message have I used the terms you CLAIM I use. Yet you will STILL claim I am sidcane. Readddddy . . . Ssssettttt . . . Go!

GatorAlum you are correct about the 22 injuries last year but it was worse than you say. Murphy was our 3rd string QB( behind Driskel and Brisset), he was always 3rd string


Errr, dope? Ga Southern had more injuries with less total scholarship players an not one of those scholarship players were even offered by UFilth. Explain away. You Gatr maggots have an excuse for everything.

The Canes loss it was injuries and the band in the upper-deck.

With LSU, it was the mean refs.

With Ga Southern it was the injuriese.

With Mizzou it was using Murphy who, by the way, was second string not third and it is why Brissett transferred.

Jeez, these gatr maggots are the worst fan base in the country. Cry, whine, complain but claim that glory is all theirs and right around the corner.

Silly 'necks.

Easy there Moron, no need to get in a tizzy.
You are the Moron PeeU exposed as the "defender" of the cane blog who stays up all night to make sure there are no "attacks" and when he finds one he is prompt to come here to "retaliate". What a douche!
Instead of playing your stupid made up "war" game go find something useful to do you big time dolt.
"Coarse" is indeed a word but not he correct one for what your fellow Moron was trying to say. It does describe both of you well: " coarse means rough, crude, of low quality or not fine in texture."
Pair of crude, low quality retards.
And 2+2=4 in real life regardless of any esoteric measurement scale you found while wasting your time on the net. Typical Moron come here pretending to be superior and more intelligent than others. Gives you away as the elitist jerk that you are.
Only an elitist cane low life makes up his name incorporating other people's IDs as a way to belittle them.
Shove your "missiles" "cease fires" "hamas" and all your made up crap up where the sun don't shine.
You are a jerk and so is sid so you may as well be the same retard for practical purposes.

"Shove your "missiles" "cease fires" "hamas" and all your made up crap up where the sun don't shine."

Ahh, the class that is jls. NEXT TIME, do come whining asking for a cease fire, and then act stunned when your requst is ignored. One of you came to the Canes blog, asking for a cease fire. We accepted, (since that is what we have wanted in the first place), and you proceeeded to take advantage by attacking Canes fans, stealing their IDs, and inciting arguments, all while CLAIMING that we could not do the same because we agreed to a cease fire.

Oh well, you never get to complain about the results of your efforts.

elitist and low life in the same insult? Are uyou even sure you understand both terms?

Once again, sid has EVERY RIGHT to be here, and so do I, since you seem to LOVE showing up daily and nightly on the Canes blogs. Live with it, idiot.

I AM OBSESSED WITH THE GATORS! I am so obsessed I will probably respond to my own comment on how I can't sleep at night and don't go to my job at Burger King so I can post here ALL DAY LONG!
Posted by: sidcane | August 12, 2014 at 08:49 AM

Oh look, another ID theft, after claiming you classy gators would NEVER stoop to such lows. Have you figured out yet that we can tell the difference? Nah, you are WAY too stupid, JizzLickingScumbag. Call me a douche, you get a little insult thrown back at you. Live with it idiot.

You COULD have been able to have discussion about your team in peace, but instead you PREFER to be ripped apatrt daily. Must be a sick masochist, idiot loser.

Typical Moron come here pretending to be superior and more intelligent than others


Well, blog squirrel, only superior to and more intelligent than you. It's really easy to do and it's not pretending. It just is, you silly little ferret.

As jlo likes to close all his post:

Duhhhhh, score early, often, quickly, powerfully, through the air, 2 if by sea, ground attack, spread and hurry-up offense.

Duhhhhhhh,

Go gatah.

Wait, he is gonna think you are sidcane.

That guy ordering a coffee in the Starbucks, is THAT sidcane?
That guy filling his BMW, is THAT sidcane?
That guy typing on his tablet at the airport, is THAT sidcane?

OH no! Sidcane is EVERYWHERE! quick, jls, hide under this blanket, sidcane can't see through blankets!

Look at the idiot cane fan talking about facts all the while not even knowing his own team. Wow, I'm floored by your stupidity. Again, reading comprehension isn't a strong point obviously. I said the canes have had multiple terrible seasons in the last 10 years. The canes had 5 wins in 2007 and 6 wins in 2011 and multiple 7 win seasons peppered in before and after. Hilarious!!

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