The coaches put the offense vs. the defense is competitive situations throughout the day and had a scoring system to determine the winner at the end of the day. The final result was a little surprising, with the young and inexperienced defense forcing a turnover on the final play of the day to win the overall competition.
The winning play was produced by the defensive front and strong safety Dorian Monroe. Inside the 5-yard line going in, No. 1 tailback Kestahn Moore was stuffed in the backfield and fumbled the ball. Monroe pounced on it and then got up and spiked it to the celebrate the defense’s victory.
UF coach Urban Meyer said on Friday that Saturday would be a huge day for this team and the type of season it might have in 2007. He said if the Gators came and out and competed hard with a great deal of emotion, good things would lie ahead. He said if his players came out flat and lethargic, the Gators would be in for a long year.
Based on that, the Gators may be in for another fun ride this season becuase the players on both sides competed at a very high level throughout the practice and there was plenty of emotion, especially considering the season is still many months away.
Quarterback Tim Tebow continues to be the leader of the offense, whilc senior strong safety Tony Joiner has assumed the same role on defense. It looks like this team is going to have leadership and be very physical and competitive.
At Saturday’s practice, the Gators played host to about 30 junior prospects and their families. Just to remind those prospects where they were, the coaches had the 2006 national championship trophies on display at the practice field. Many of the recruits were having their picture taken in front of the trophies.
This is a coaching staff that never stops recruiting and seems to know all the angles.
There was one very anxious moment at practice Saturday when true freshman Cameron Newton went down with an injured ankle during the goal line scrimmage. Newton and Tebow are the only two scholarship quarterbacks competing now this spring and Newton has a chance to get a jump on the competition for the No. 2 job heading into the fall. Newton appeared to only slightly sprain his ankle and he reutrned to action a few series later. His throws weren’t always the prettiest, but he did throw two TD passes during the goal line scrimmage.