GAINESVILLE -- Chris Rumph keeps it 100.
Florida’s new defensive line coach, formally at Texas, didn’t shy away from speaking bluntly about his unit earlier this spring.
Rumph inherited a nice collection of depth and talent, but he said senior Jon Bullard -- the line's most versatile player and someone who opted to return to school instead of leaving for the NFL -- must play better and that the group as a whole remains a work in progress.
On his initial impression of the defensive line...
"It's just so young. It's early. They flash, they fool you. I tell them it's just like a girl I dated in high school. She told me she was going to take me to the prom. I'm getting my haircut, getting my brother's car, washing it, cleaning it, all that stuff. I'm all excited about it then all of a sudden she calls and says, 'I'm going to go with your best friend.' So that's how they are. They flash. They tell me they're going to take me to the prom but we haven't gotten there yet."
On redshirt freshman DT Taven Bryan's untapped potential...
"That’s my big Wyoming wild man. He’s a big old cave man and wants to use all his brute strength. But he’s athletic for a big guy. His football IQ is really, really low because he hasn’t played a lot of football. I don’t know how many great players have come out of the state of Wyoming, but he could be up there. If there is one, he could be just as good as those guys once he learns the game. Everything right now is just new for him. I got him on Gerber, baby food. I can’t even feed him table food yet, he would choke. But once he learns, his teeth are starting to come in, maybe we will feed him off the table before long."
On redshirt sophomore DT Caleb Brantley's mindset...
"Caleb has to push himself. He's a very, very talented young man. Very, very talented. But right now, mentally, he's playing like a freshman. Sometimes he's relying on his talent and his athletic ability to do things. As a coach, one of the hardest things to do is to coach a guy up after he's done something wrong, but yet he's had success. He's so result oriented that's all he sees. When I tell him, 'Hey look at your footwork here. Look where your eyes and your hands were on this particular play.' He blocks that out and the only thing he's saying right now is 'Coach you're crazy. I just made a sack. I just made a tackle for a loss, that's what you want.' So I have to tell him yeah you get away with that against this guy but what if it's LSU? What if it's Georgia? What if it's that other school? You may not have that success, so when you're going against just as talented as you are it comes down to technique and fundamentals. So trying to get him to buy into it, which he is, he's trying, all those guys are trying to do that, but him in particular because he's so talented."
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