Daily Football Fix: More UF receiver analysis

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Florida's Trevon Grimes (81) at practice in the spring. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

I had an opportunity to sit down with former Florida star wide receiver Chris Doering recently. The Gators’ all-time leader in touchdown receptions addressed several topics, but mainly the situation at wide receiver.

I wrote a story on his overall take on the wideout positions and how the players should be better with better coaching from Dan Mullen and Billy Gonzales.

He also talked about some individual receivers. His comments follow.

Doering on Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson:

“When you get a guy that’s a proven commodity within the conference. … Jefferson. I love that Ole Miss receiving corps. He was the guy that’s shown a lot of productivity in this conference. Having a guy that can come in, that has those numbers, and can be a leader within that group, I think that’s something they definitely need.”

Doering on Ohio State transfer Trevon Grimes:

“You look at Grimes, you look at his body, he looks like an NFL guy right now. And he’s got a couple more years to develop.”

Doering on Grimes and Jefferson:

“Those two guys are guys that can definitely help elevate what the overall production is at the position. It’s a situation where they bring a little different coaching into this program. Clearly, they’ve been taught a little bit better or differently than what these guys at Florida that are currently on the roster have in recent years.”

Doering on Tyrie Cleveland:

“I had a chance to spend some time with him in the spring. I like what he’s done so far. But he’s really been more of a big-play, deep-ball guy. That is clearly something he’s got the skill set for. He’s a long, fast guy that can go up and get the football. I’d like to see him develop a little bit more of a total package there and be a guy that can catch more of the intermediate balls. That’s where coaching comes into play, being able to learn those short to intermediate routes. Anybody at the college level can run by somebody.”

Doering on Josh Hammond:

“I like Hammond. I think he’s been a guy we’ve talked about in the last couple of springs. I mentioned him last year in our season preview on the SEC Network as a guy that I expected to break out because of the spring he had, because of the fall he had. Catches the ball really well, is a technician when it comes to running routes. Again, the play calls and the lack of stability at the quarterback position have kept him from maybe living up to his potential. I’m excited to see what he can do now in this offense. Having watched his brother have success, being coached by Billy Gonzales a little bit there, then having been in Dan Mullen’s offense for a little bit, too. I’ve had a chance to talk to both of the Hammond brothers and Frankie is definitely helping him develop along the way.”

 

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  1. Seriously…..”More UF receiver analysis.” ????? How about an article about how Grimes’ skill set fits or does not fit in Mullen’s offense if he gets his waiver approved to play this year? Or, if Grimes does play this year, how does the WR rotation possibly work with so many good receivers on the roster. Or, how would the WR corp be impacted if Grimes does not get his waiver approved? Or, where does Massey stand in that WR rotation in your opinion, and which position will he play this year with Toney set at the slot receiver position and Copeland now on campus to play that same role? Does Massey even have a role anymore, or has his injury history and slow recovery put him too far behind to catch up? Or has Massey been working hard this summer to return to the athletic talent that first arrived at Florida? Or, will Wells push Cleveland in fall practices if Cleveland does not become a more well rounded receiver and not just a deep threat? Or maybe an article evaluating different plays in Mullen’s offense and how the various receivers could be used in those sets? All of that would actually be “more UF receiver analysis”.

        • No, no, TampaGator. I scolded Robbie because he has had plenty of opportunity to learn that he should check with you before venturing out on his own like that. He didn’t have to write that article; he could have written one about, say, where does Massey stand in that wide receiver rotation, or any number of others. All he had to do was check with you. He’s stubborn, TampaGator, stubborn as a mule and dumb as a chicken. I’m not going to read another word he writes until he gets his head screwed back on. Dooley puts him up to doing this kind of thing–Dooley and Gator-6

    • Robbie, Isn’t this the exact same thing from last week? Tampa, you’re not wrong here there isn’t anything new to this. It is summer but could use some real analysis and comparison, combined with opinion. The story just restated last weeks interview.

        • Tampa, That is beyond funny. See, we’re all here jonesing for season and..and.. we can’t get anything new. Well on the brighter side so far there appears to be no preseason issues. Inside two weeks and counting. Before the internet we would have been reading every sports section that had something to say and instead of these forums been left to talk with people that may or may not have cared. you see people may say they suffer from CRS and I often resemble that remark but when I read things they usually stick around a few days. See if they’d waited ’til next week to rehash that I likely would have not remembered.

          Also, to your post below on assistants. McElwain’s whole staff was (fill in blank) I’ll eat these words but I don’t think he’ll be a co QB guy up there.

          • The fact that we are complaining about fluff pieces and talking about threesomes and arguing about dumb recruiting rankings us good. Very good. As you wisely point out we have had no offseason shenanigans. What a relief. May I add we have had no injuries either. Problems with the law and injuries have plagued our offseasons in the past so far so good right now.

  2. Translation of Doering’s comments: “Cleveland and Hammond have only just received their real first bit of coaching at UF AFTER Mac and his clown posse left, and Jefferson and Grimes are better off because they were elsewhere”.

    • Steve. Off the top of your head, name the wide receiver coach last year for McElwain. Better yet, where is he coaching now? Or better yet, name the wide receiver coach McElwain first hired when he arrived at Florida and then identify where that coach is coaching wide receivers now? McElwain in appearance seemed to be a great hire by Foley because of his association with Saban. But he turned out to be nearly incompetent in running a Power 5 program in the SEC. But he certainly knew how to alienate the press, and come up with repeated one lines to do so while forgetting to put on his socks and brushing his teeth each morning. Last question. Who currently is the wide receivers coach at Michigan? LOL with that one.

      • Coach MacThreat “Well, dadgummit, you know I couldn’t get any of my WR coaches to do a dang thing, and my dog is busy this year, so I guess I will coach em’ kids myself. If you want it done right, right? “

      • Gator-6–responding to your 3:20 post. Nobody on this blog knows what he’s talking about but me, and I ain’t telling.

        • I see, always got to hold the brother down….a fella goes to take a nap….or maybe it was the grocery store, I can’t remember now….but there wasn’t any threesome involved. I’m sure I would have remembered that, even tho I can’t remember what that means.

  3. WELL I AM GOING OLD SCHOOL ON YOU BOYS. HERE A THOUGHT REMEMBER A WR who was drafted by 49″ AND PLAYED QB IN COLLEGE! THAT TO ME IS TONEY FOR UF! PUT A PACKAGE USE FIRST SEVERAL GAMES ADJUSTED TWEAK IT A PACKAGE U CAN DEVELOP FOR BIG BOYS ON SCHEDULE WHICH ON RED ZONE WITH HIM AND KRULL WILL BE AWESOME IN THAT TYPE OF OFFENSE SINCE HBC LIT OF UP IN 90’S! ALRIGHT CAN U GUESS THE PLAYER ROBBIE? OKAY GIVE U INITIALS FS

  4. Both transfers will be eligible…juco players are inconsistent and gambles…you can’t build a program around them…we have the best and deepest WR group in the country…now we need a consistent QB…we also have the deepest RB group in the country…this offense is loaded…it all hinges on QB play…if we can score 30 a game our defense will be a top 10 defense

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