UF running back room receives pep talk

Florida running back Adarius Lemons warms up before the Tennessee game on Sept. 16 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent]

True freshman tailback Adarius Lemons seems fine now after hinting last Saturday that he might be looking to leave the team.

Shortly before kickoff in the Vanderbilt game, Lemons posted on Twitter that he was getting ready for his last game. His Tweet was deleted a short time later.

Running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider said he had a chance to sit down and talk with Lemons after the game. Lemons was unhappy that he’s the No. 4 tailback and only playing on special teams.

“As a coach, you can’t forget your younger guys even when they’re not playing,” Seider said. “I always constantly communicate with him. Listen, it’s a process. It’s hard to really get four guys ready. For this kid, I don’t want to take anything away from what he didn’t get when he was in high school.

“Really, this is the first time he’s really been coached on things. And this ain’t an offense you can just walk in and play right away. You’ve got to be able to think a little bit and be able to carry it over to the field. I just think the process might have taken him a little bit longer than it did Malik (Davis).

“I told him, ‘That’s the difference between you guys.’ It’s just picking up the offense a little bit quicker. So he’s going to be fine.”

Perine rebounds

After getting only five carries in the win over Kentucky two weeks ago, sophomore running back Lamical Perine was much more involved in the running game in the win over Vanderbilt, rushing for 58 yards on 15 carries and scoring three touchdowns.

“He got back to being the Lamical we expect him to be,” Seider said. “I kind of sat down with him after the Kentucky game and not really challenged him, but tried to reassure him as to who he is as a player. I think all running backs, when they find out what type of back they are — are they a slasher or a downhill runner or whatever it may be — you become a better player.

“I think he went back and he reevaluated who he is as a running back. It was reminiscent of how he played against LSU a year ago, the way he ran in the Kentucky game a year ago when he wasn’t thinking too much.”


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