Practice report: Freshman QB Harris sharp


Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris runs a drill during practice at Dizney Lacrosse Stadium on Tuesday. Harris' non-contact red jersey came off later in practice.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.

QUARTERBACK UPDATE: The coaches put the two freshman quarterbacks — Will Grier and Treon Harris — in blue contact jerseys, so they were live in practice Tuesday. It allowed both players to move around and use their legs some, which seemed to bring out the best in Harris, who showed quick feet and an accurate passing arm. Harris was on target for most of the day and seemed to have his best overall practice. Grier also did some good things in the passing game, showing a strong arm on passes over the middle. Grier and Harris got most of the reps behind Jeff Driskel.

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Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris runs a drill during practice at Dizney Lacrosse Stadium on Tuesday. Harris' non-contact red jersey came off later in practice.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun

TRENDING ON OFFENSE: The Gators worked extensively on their passing game in Tuesday's practice. The quarterbacks spent about 15 minutes throwing to the tight ends, then went over and worked with the wide receivers. The QBs and receivers did a solid job working with a wet ball through part of the practice. Tight end Jake McGee made a nice one-handed catch in the rain. … Harris showed accuracy on his deep throws and nice touch on the shorter ones. He completed a deep pass to Raphael Andrades, hooked up with Chris Thompson for a 20-yard completion over the middle and completed back-to-back 10-yard passes to Alvin Bailey near the end of practice. … Demarcus Robinson made a nice catch over true freshman cornerback Quincy Wilson on a pass from Grier. … Bailey seemed to have his best practice, catching several passes, including two where he dove to the ground to make the reception. … Ahmad Fulwood continues to impress at wide receiver, along with Quinton Dunbar and Robinson, who is emerging as a go-to guy in the offense. … Skyler Mornhinweg threw a touchdown pass to Dunbar, who beat redshirt freshman safety Nick Washington.

TRENDING ON DEFENSE: Buck linebacker/end Dante Fowler Jr. turned in another dominant performance Tuesday. He spent a lot of time in the backfield harassing the quarterbacks and disrupting plays. On one play, he smashed into tailback Mack Brown, forcing a fumble that he recovered. … True freshman J.C. Jackson continues to make plays at cornerback. He broke up a pass intended for Ahmad Fulwood and seemed to be around the ball a lot.

TRUE FRESHMAN SPOTLIGHT: DeAndre Goolsby looks like he's added weight and strength since the spring and is working his way into the playing rotation at tight end. He's listed at 230 pounds now and has shown good hands.

PLAY OF THE DAY: Driskel's best throw of the day came early in practice, when he hooked up with Fulwood on a back shoulder throw deep down the sideline. Fulwood did a nice job coming back to the ball to make the play.

INJURY UPDATE: The big news is All-SEC cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (bruised knee) returned to practice in an orange, non-contact jersey. Defensive end/tackle Jonathan Bullard (ankle) also returned and was at full speed. … Tailback Kelvin Taylor (hamstring), running back Matt Jones (knee), wide receiver Andre Debose (knee), offensive lineman Trip Thurman (shoulder), defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. (shoulder), tailback Adam Lane (shoulder), defensive end Alex McCalister (ankle), defensive end Taven Bryan (strep throat), defensive back Duke Dawson (shoulder) and defensive tackle Thomas Holley (sports hernia) all were held out of practice. … Safety Marcus Maye (leg) and cornerback J.C. Jackson (shoulder) continue to practice in non-contact jerseys.

NEXT OPEN PRACTICE: Wednesday, 8:50-10:50 a.m.

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