Florida football coach Dan Mullen and the Gators open preseason practice Friday morning. But the first order of business was media day Thursday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and then reporting for duty at 5 p.m.
Mullen said true freshman wide receiver Dionte Marks has been cleared to enroll and is on the roster, while Arjei Henderson will be in this weekend. Both were dealing with academic issues.
Freshman offensive lineman Wardrick Wilson, who is from the Bahamas, is still waiting on his VISA to be issued before he can report.
Offensive coordinator/line coach John Hevesy said he felt good about his starting five offensive linemen coming out of the spring.
“I think we have some pretty good offensive linemen. They just haven’t played much,” Mullen said earlier.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham likes what he’s seen from the team so far. “I like the attitude of our team as a whole,” he said.
It’s being reported that Noah Banks will be ready for fall camp. Great news for him and the depth of the o-lline
very pleased to hear this, we need this kind of player, particularly at this time, with some starting experience, both for the offense and for special teams. everyone wishes him the best. If the line can do well with pass protection, that could be enough, with the rest of the overall talent we have, for us to accomplish our goals. im confident in our backs to make the necessary yards without the best blocking.
I forgot to say, some of those freshmen the newspaper was sure would never play here are fully compliant. one left in a bureaucratic thing, but we will have good players. sorry to lose a few, but what we lost isn’t going to unravel what has been built. next offseason I hope the newspaper will talk more about player development and less about irrelevant things, because unless your name is emmitt smith, you don’t arrive ready to play at the highest level. everyone has to work. new guys aren’t always going to make it anyway. in tennis, they say if you don’t miss one out of seven, you aren’t pushing it enough. I don’t know the numbers for cdm, but I accept some risk in the program, no one likes needless unproductive risk, but I don’t think we have that kind of a problem right now.
The end is near…. That is what the media likes to report. Doom and gloom. I think the opposite is about to happen.
Yeah Joe…that is great news. I also like the comment by Hevesy, a point you made regarding the some of the reporting about lack of experience on a previous post.
Now let’s get jiggy with it! Feel OK about the OL — good to hear from the coach. Maybe not a lot of separation from a question mark and “they just haven’t played a lot”, but seems to me if he feels good then we’re OK. Hell of a game to cut your teeth on coming up, but they might well be the surprise of the year.
Yeah 6…I don’t know if you recall breakdown by Joe about the so called lack of experience. He pretty much debunked it with the stats to boot. That post, and some of the reports I have been hearing make me feel a lot better about this group. Is is the 24th of August yet? 🙂
Yeah, I do and there’s a lot of truth in that. Also posts by AfroMan and 65 notable, among others. Aug 24th can’t get here soon enough!
Over on gator Country LP had and article by N dl T. A good perspective of what a player goes through when coaches change Young man stuck with us and I hope he sees his senior year play out well. He appears to have a long history with CDM and Co before the he came to UF. Thanks for coming back for your last year and hope you do well in the draft.
I tell anyone who will listen, Perine is the key to a great season. I have confidence that with him in the backfield, the offense will open up. He will take heat off Franks. Great combo in the backfield. OL experience is a concern, but that is what will make the season interesting to watch. I just hope everyone can stay reasonably healthy.
I’m with you David. I’ve been a Lamical Perine fan since day one. He just seems to carry himself well and takes care of business and is never a problem. He had a solid year last year and I’m looking forward to big things from him this year!
O-line will be ok. I still believe our season will come down to does Franks make the next step in play. He played great the last couple games, but can he do it every game? He cant miss open guys in tight games….or at least not a lot of times. Now let’s go Go Gators!
I noticed last year that when he kept both hands on the ball until the moment of release, he was accurate to a minute of angle just about every time. Don’t know if that was an artifact of observation or not, but somebody else recently suggested throwing in a few more pump fakes as well.
Why does Wardrick Wilson need a credit card?
Where is that timer to the start of the season? I am ready! Orange and Blue nation– rise up!!!!
AS requested by Jaws.
YES! Thank you! The countdown begins!!!!!!
I’m so looking forward to Aug 24!!! Very excited …. and proud again, to be a Florida Gator!!!
Ive always been proud to be a gator no matter how we play, just not so proud of some past coaches!