True freshman Florida quarterback Emory Jones can play one more game this season and still redshirt.
The question now is which game will it be? Florida State on Saturday? Or Florida’s bowl game?
No decision has been made yet, UF coach Dan Mullen said.
“At some point during the game (there will be a decision),” Mullen said. “A lot of it, in my deal, we’ve got to prepare for him to play, right? Because first off he’s a snap away from being our starter. So we’re going to prepare for him to play. Then during the game we’ll make the decision whether or not he goes in or not. But we’re going to prepare for him to play all week.”
Under the new redshirt rule, Jones can play in four games this season and still redshirt. He played in his third game, against Idaho, last Saturday. He came into the game late in the first half and played most of the rest of the game, completing 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
With Kyle Trask out for the season with a knee injury, Jones and starter Feleipe Franks are the only healthy scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.
Those blocking WRs
Florida’s wide receivers not only are making plays in the passing game, they’re also making a major contribution in the ground game with their blocking on the edge and downfield.
Wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales said you can’t play wide receiver if you can’t block.
Well, they’re all playing — and blocking.
“They do a great job,” Mullen said. “You look at what Billy does with his group, how much time they spend on it, the pride that they take in being great blocking receivers. It’s really important to them.
“You watch how they practice, the physicalness in practice, how they treat it and the unselfishness of the guys that play that position. A lot of receivers, they’re worried about the catches, and I’ve never seen one of them worry about that.
“They’re worried about, did they grade a champion? Did they grade out a winning performance? That’s what they’re worried about, and that has more to do with blocking than it does with catching.”
Junior wide receiver Josh Hammond said the receivers work on blocking every day in practice.
“Whether it’s blocking for bubble (screens), whether it’s blocking for runs with (Jordan) Scarlett, it’s something that we really work on,” Hammond said. “Just having that individual time has definitely added up. You’ve seen the success we’ve had running and it’s been big for us, especially at receiver, just being able to block on the perimeter to help those guys sprint out those runs.”
Early scouting report
There has been growing speculation that the Gators could end up playing Central Florida in a bowl game. With that possibility looming, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was asked about the Knights after practice Monday.
He offered a mini-scouting report.
“I’ve watched them in spurts a little bit because as you know they’ve played on Thursday nights, Friday nights and last Saturday,” Grantham said. “I think they’re a really talented team. I think they have an excellent quarterback (McKenzie Milton). They do a good job on offense, and they’ve got some weapons.
“I haven’t studied (Milton), but when you watch him he makes some throws that are in tight windows and in places that only the receiver can get them. There’s a reason they’re winning. They’ve got good players and they do a good job. They’re doing well.”
Stiner seeks silence
The Gators have been practicing to the mind-numbing beat of the FSU warchant this week. Sophomore safety Donovan Stiner has already grown tired of it, with much more of it to come Saturday in Tallahassee
“I don’t really like it very much,” Stiner said. “We’re going to have to make them stop playing it (Saturday).”
Stiner said he doesn’t like cowbells or the song “Rocky Top” either. The Gators heard plenty of both earlier this season
“I hate that one (cowbells),” he said. “I don’t like any of them, so I don’t want to hear any of them.”