Practice report: Secondary stands out
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:18 p.m.
QUARTERBACK UPDATE: Starter Jeff Driskel's accuracy slipped a little bit Wednesday, thanks in part to some overthrows on deep passes where his receivers had broken open. He did have one of the best throws of the day, though, a laser shot down the middle that Quinton Dunbar caught in stride for a 40-yard touchdown. … In the battle to be Driskel's backup, true freshman Treon Harris appeared to have the best day. He was very accurate and seemed to make decisions quicker than he has been. His comfort and confidence seem to grow with each practice. … True freshman Will Grier shared reps with Harris on the No. 2 offense. Like Driskel, he struggled some with accuracy. … Sophomore Skyler Mornhinweg may have had his best practice in terms of passing. His best throw was a strike to Andre Debose deep down the sideline.
TRENDING ON OFFENSE: Wide receivers Ahmad Fulwood and Dunbar continue to use their size and athletic ability to make plays down the field. Both had long touchdown receptions Wednesday, and both have been go-to guys throughout camp. … Pass protection was sounder than it has been in recent practices, with the offensive line giving the quarterbacks a little more time to find receivers downfield. … Harris completed numerous passes, including a 25-yarder to Michael McNeely during 11-on-11. … With Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor still sidelined, Mark Herndon got numerous carries and made several nice runs, including a long run after bursting through a hole at the line of scrimmage in 11-on-11.
TRENDING ON DEFENSE: The young secondary had its best day since camp started. The defensive backs were all over the receivers for most of the day, and consistently making plays. During a man-to-man passing drill early in practice, the secondary intercepted three of the first four passes. All three interceptions were made by true freshman corners — J.C. Jackson, Quincy Wilson and Jalen Tabor. Later in practice, during 11-on-11, redshirt freshman safety Marcell Harris broke up a deep pass and sophomore safety Marcus Maye intercepted a pass. Overall, it was a great day for the secondary. … Redshirt freshman tackle Caleb Brantley may have had his best practice. He stuffed Herndon for a loss during 11-on-11 and seemed to be getting consistent push up the middle.
TRUE FRESHMAN SPOTLIGHT: Although he continues to be in a non-contact jersey, J.C. Jackson has been participating in all the drills and is making a strong push for playing time. He intercepted a pass and his coverage seemed tight throughout practice against some of the top UF receivers. He's involved in the competition for the starting cornerback spot opposite All-SEC corner Vernon Hargreaves III.
PLAY OF THE DAY: As he seems to do in every practice, 6-4 wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood made an acrobatic reception deep down the field. On this one from Jeff Driskel, he came back for the ball and then outjumped cornerback Brian Poole to make the catch.
INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore linebacker Alex Anzalone had to be helped off the field late in practice with an unspecified leg injury. … Wide receiver Andre Debose, defensive end Alex McCalister, defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. and defensive end Taven Bryan returned to practice in full-contact jerseys. … Tailback Adam Lane, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and cornerback J.C. Jackson practiced in non-contact jerseys, while safety Marcus Maye practiced in a contact jersey for the first time since camp started. … Tailback Matt Jones (knee), offensive lineman Trip Thurman (shoulder) and safety Keanu Neal (unspecified injury) did not practice.
NEXT OPEN PRACTICE: Thursday, 8:50-10:50 a.m., Dizney Stadium.
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