Spring Practice Update for Friday, April 1

Published: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 8:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 8:11 p.m.

High school coaches from all over the state came out Friday to watch the Gators practice and maybe learn a thing or two from Head Coach Urban Meyer.

Friday was the second day of a coach's clinic that boasted over 700 attendees. This was a dramatic difference from last year when only 380 coaches and guests were present.

During practice, Meyer stressed kickoff returns and gave the offense a chance to play in a no-huddle situation. Leak did well in the hurry up offense and Chad Jackson continued to be the workhorse for the wide receivers, missing a few catches early in practice and getting stronger as the day progressed.

The backup quarterback position is still questionable with freshman quarterbacks Josh Portis and Cornelius Ingram both throwing interceptions and junior Gavin Dickey practicing at times with the running backs.

"I'm a little concerned," Meyer said. "Josh does some good things and then does some 17-year-old things which I keep reminding myself that he's 17. But he's talented. Then we had (Ingram) come in today and actually threw the ball. He doesn't have the concept of some of the finer points of quarterback play, but standing up and throwing the ball he did a nice job."

Defensive end Derrick Harvey managed to impress Meyer.

"I like Derrick Harvey and so does coach Mattison," Meyer said. "He's a great kid and he has a lot of talent. He's just got to learn the defense. From what I hear, there's too many mental mistakes, but you take Derrick Harvey every time."

With the Orange and Blue scrimmage game fast approaching, Meyer stressed that Saturday's practice will be "the most important day in Gator football."

"Up until this point I started feeling good," Meyer said, "but I'm going to find out tomorrow what we've got."

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