Even dating back to his previous time at Florida, Dan Mullen has always featured the tight end in his offense. He’s still doing it, something that was evident throughout the spring and again in the Orange & Blue Game last month.
It’s obvious the tight ends are going to be very involved in the passing game in the fall.
The starter coming out of the spring is senior C’yontai Lewis, who has flashed playmaking ability in the past and seemed to gain more consistency over the course of the spring.
The Gators are currently four deep at the position — Lewis, Moral Stephens, Kemore Gamble and walkon R.J. Raymond — and will add two true freshmen this summer (Kyle Pitts and Dante Lang).
Near the end of the spring, tight ends coach Larry Scott took the time to break down the four players he’s been coaching. Here’s what he had to say about each one:
Scott on Lewis
“He is eager. He is just eager right now. He is hungry. Different things are starting to slow down a bit to him because he is understanding the bigger picture. He is asking a lot of questions. When he is watching film, he is watching film with details because he knows what he is looking at and he knows what he is looking for as far as the things he needs to improve. We are going to put together a really good plan for him moving forward from spring and into the summer. If he takes care of the things he needs to, we expect to come back out and put himself in the position to have a good fall for us.
On Moral Stephens
“Moral is one of those guys that his body is changing. You talk about confidence and those type of things, he is starting to do some things he hadn’t been able to do and that’s because of a little more strength that he has got and a little more girth that he is having now. He is starting to get an understanding on defensive structure and coverage and how to get open and how to do those things. Again, with the performance, he is starting to gain some confidence. Hopefully, he is a guy that we can continue to build that confidence, keep building his body through the weight room with the time that he has left. He has to have a high sense of urgency because his clock is ticking and he understands that. He is attacking it right now and we are going to get the very best that he has. He is a guy that is really starting to pick up some confidence. I like what he is doing.”
On Kemore Gamble
“He is responding and he is working, but it’s a process. It’s a process because it’s all new, and he is learning how to be a complete tight end. It’s learning the protections, learning the run game, learning technique and fundamentals and different things like that. Changing his body, he has got to get strong, he has to get lean he has to run. So, his process is at the very beginning. He is a redshirt freshman, nothing is wrong with that and just him understanding and developing a process to get himself better each and every day is where we are trying to keep him. Just worry about today, not worry about tomorrow.”
On R.J. Raymond
“R.J. has been good. He is a very good, smart football player. He plays hard and it means a lot to him. He is one of those guys that is asking questions. Once you explain it he picks it up real fast. He is a quick learner. R.J. is just one of those guys that is just steady. Once he gets his game to the level of the maximum potential that he has and play to that consistency, he will be able to do some things and have a role that will help us out I believe.”