By Zach Abolverdi, Correspondent
The Florida football team held another open practice for the public Sunday, and fans once again filled the sidelines to check out the No. 10 Gators.
After warming up in the Indoor Practice Facility, the team moved outside to the Sanders Practice Fields in front of a crowd of about 200. Fans hoping to see Emory Jones got their wish, as the true freshman received a lot of reps at quarterback.
The Gators also got great news on the recruiting front, landing a commitment from four-star safety Rashad Torrence (Marietta, Ga.) for the Class of 2020. Torrence visited campus Sunday morning before giving his pledge, choosing Florida over Alabama and Clemson.
Here are observations from Sunday’s session:
1-on-1 inside 10-yard line
* Jones started things off with a touchdown pass to Van Jefferson on a back-shoulder throw over C.J. Henderson. Jefferson beat Henderson again later in the period on a pass from Feleipe Franks.
* Quarterback Kyle Trask (foot), still in a boot, threw a pair of touchdowns to Josh Hammond and Freddie Swain. The slot receivers beat safeties Donovan Stiner and Jeawon Taylor, respectively, on their scores.
* Cornerback Brian Edwards broke up a pass intended for Kyle Pitts, but the freshman tight end caught a touchdown on Edwards later in the session on Trask’s third TD.
* Franks also had two more touchdown passes to Hammond and sophomore receiver Daquon Green.
* Jones threw a touchdown pass to fellow freshman Jacob Copeland on a crossing route. He also had two attempts batted down by defensive backs Chauncey Garnder-Johnson and John Huggins.
* Freshmen DBs Amari Burney and Trey Dean III also had pass breakups in the end zone.
7-on-7 inside red zone
* Franks opened up the period with a completion to Hammond, but the series stalled after dropped passes by wide receiver Kadarius Toney and tight end Kemore Gamble.
* Jones threw back-to-back touchdown passes to Jefferson and tight end C’yontai Lewis on his first rep.
* Trask started out with a TD strike to freshman tight end Dante Lang, then hit Pitts on a crossing route. His last throw was a dump-off pass to running back Dameon Pierce, who turned it upfield and ran over walk-on DB Isaac Ricks at the goal line for the score.
* Running back Jordan Scarlett snuck through the middle of the defense for a touchdown run after a pump fake by Franks. Gardner-Johnson wasn’t happy about it.
* Later in the period, Gardner-Johnson picked off Franks for the second day in a row. Franks also had a pass broken up by linebacker Vosean Joseph, and another attempt was thrown into double coverage and almost intercepted by Stiner.
* Franks found the end zone as well, throwing two touchdowns to Hammond and another to tight end Moral Stephens, who was wide open on his score.
* Freshman defensive back David Reese came down with a pair of pass breakups during this session. After his first stop safeties coach Ron English told him, “Nice job Reese.”
* Redshirt sophomore receiver Rick Wells caught a pair of touchdown passes from Jones and almost scored a third time when Trask connected with him.
* Jones also threw touchdowns to Swain and tight end Lucas Krull, while Trask had a TD toss to Trevon Grimes in the flat. Both Jones and Trask had interceptions dropped by safety Shawn Davis and walk-on DB Nick Oelrich, respectively.
* Franks opened the period with a swing pass to Scarlett, who took it for a big gain down the sideline.
* Jones also hit running back Lamical Perine on a swing pass, but overthrew Wells on his corner route and Copeland on a deep ball.
* After a couple runs by Jones and a pair of completions to Grimes and Krull, Pierce made it to the second level with a great run before getting tagged by linebacker Ventrell Miller.
* Perine had a few carries before finally breaking one. He made a move to the left and stumbled, but kept his balance and slipped through the hole for a long touchdown run.
* Franks connected with Toney twice, including a 20-yard gain on a scramble. He also did a great job of spreading the ball around, completing passes to Gamble, Grimes, Jefferson, Krull and Stephens.
* Burney and Ricks both got in the backfield for a sack on Jones. He had a couple scrambles, including a first-down run, but wasn’t able to find the end zone during 11-on-11 work.
* Scarlett bounced outside for a 10-yard gain, one of only three touches for him in this period. The bulk of the workload went to Pierce, who had a great carry off left tackle and stiff armed Olerich before going out of bounds. He also broke off back-to-back long runs that would have gone for touchdowns.
* Defensive end Antonneous Clayton came up with two big plays, tackling Pierce in the backfield and sniffing out Toney’s double reverse to make the stop.
* Freshman defensive lineman Malik Langham also corralled Pierce on one of his carries, while defensive tackle T.J. Slaton tracked down Scarlett for a tackle.
* Perine had a big block on Ricks near the end of practice, making the team go crazy.
* A pair of defensive players also got some action on offense, with Joseph catching a swing pass and Gardner-Johnson running a jet sweep on the last play of practice.