Notebook: McCarney plans to rotate up to 12 D-linemen


Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney, center, goes through defensive plays with offensive lineman Gary Beemer, left, defensive end Kedric Johnson, center back, and offensive lineman Shawn Schmieder, right, during football practice at Sanders Practice Fields on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Aaron E. Daye/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 12:25 a.m.

With Dan McCarney running the show, observers should refrain from continuous blinking when watching Florida’s defensive line Saturday.

“I’m hoping to play 10 or 12 guys regardless of the score or what time of the game it is,” McCarney said before Tuesday’s practice. “I really want to play a lot of guys and I’m planning on it.”

Besides starters Justin Trattou and Duke Lemmens at the ends and Omar Hunter and Jaye Howard inside, Florida’s defensive line coach wants to play senior Brandon Antwine and freshman Dominique Easley at nose tackle and rotate freshmen Ronald Powell (defensive end) and Sharrif Floyd (tackle) in and out early.

Of the veteran variety, junior William Green and redshirt sophomore Lerentee McCray will rotate in at end, along with redshirt freshman Kedric Johnson.

McCarney isn’t waiting for the second or third quarter and he’s not waiting for the scoreboard to get lopsided in Florida’s favor before he gets inexperienced guys in. A blowout would take away some of the stress, but McCarney is ready for all his players to get some true game action.

“We’d like to see (an early blowout), but I’m not waiting around for that,” he said. “I’m rotating regardless of the score.”

Regarding the freshmen, McCarney said they’ve all come a long way since their arrivals. None expected camp to be so hard, which caused some expected trepidation from the class. McCarney said each has gotten over the offseason’s grind and he anticipates solid playing time out of each.

Two who aren’t expected to see the field this year are defensive end Lynden Trail and tackle Leon Orr. McCarney said the plan is to redshirt both because neither is physically ready to play at the college level.

“I’m really glad they’re at Florida and so is everybody else in the program, but they’re not ready to go out there right now and play winning football,” McCarney said.

The hope is for McCarney to rotate into the double-digits Saturday, but there’s a chance two of his vets could be sidelined. McCarney anticipates senior Terron Sanders sitting with a sprained knee and senior Lawrence Marsh is probable with a minor hamstring issue.

Regardless, McCarney feels confident Florida’s defensive line will be one of the most active units on the field.

“By Saturday, we’ll have a real good 10-, 11-, 12-man rotation and hopefully they’ll be ready to go,” he said.

Debose likes new role

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Andre Debose was supposed to be the next Percy Harvin. He was supposed to be the next great slot weapon for the Gators. But after some roster shuffling, Debose has moved out wider to the X position behind Deonte Thompson.

“It’s very new to me,” Debose said.

Debose enjoys his new position because it gives him a chance to go more one-on-one with players his size.

Playing inside or out doesn’t matter to Debose.

He said he’s comfortable at either spot, and, besides less looks at safeties and linebackers, both positions feel the same.

“It all comes down to playing football,” he said.

More I-form

With a more pro-style offense expected out of the Gators this fall, Florida will run more plays out of the I-formation, especially in the red zone, senior running back Emmanuel Moody said.

“Having a new offense with John Brantley as quarterback, we’ll see how it works this coming Saturday,” Moody said.

Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said he’s excited to use the “I” and added that each of his backs — Moody, Jeff Demps, Mike Gillislee and Mack Brown — have all done well in it and he could play each in there Saturday.

“Give them the ball at the top of the I and see what they’re going to do with it,” he said.

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