Having coached against Miami’s Dan Enos when Enos was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas, UF defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has a good idea what to expect from Miami’s offense Saturday night.
“Enos does a good job formationally with motions and trades and things like that to try to keep you off balance,” Grantham said. “He understands coverages and where the quarterback should go with the ball. He does a good job of trying to create a run game to get edges of the defense. He does like to run the ball, but then off of that he’s going to have his shots and things like that.
“It’s just a matter of having good eye control in the back end, paying attention to detail and then understanding the formations and how we need to leverage them up and make sure we can set the edge of the defense.”
Grantham also is familiar with redshirt freshman Miami quarterback Jarren Williams.
“I remember him from recruiting because he was in my area,” Grantham said. “He’s a really talented guy that had a lot of offers to a lot of schools and he chose Miami basically because of the need at quarterback, which has kind of filtered into what it is now.
“He understands where to throw the ball. He can get rid of the ball on time. He’s athletic so he can extend plays. He can run quarterback run game stuff because of his athletic ability. We’ve got to understand that we’ve got to leverage the guy, contain the guy, and make sure that we just play our defense.
“We’ve got to execute the game plan. If we’re rushing four, rush four. If we’re rushing five, rush five. If we decide to bring more than that, we bring more than that and we’ve got to cover. I think it’s just a matter of understanding the game plan, understanding the situations and guys just executing the calls.”
High praise for the OL
Florida’s young offensive line is considered a big question mark heading into the season. But defensive tackle Kyree Campbell, who goes against the offensive line in practice, has become a believer in the big guys up front.
“Shoot, I go against the best O-Line, I think, in the country right now,” he said. “They work. They’re hard workers. So, you all will see on Saturday.”
Wide receiver Josh Hammond said the improvement up front has been obvious.
“They’ve definitely come a long way,” Hammond said. “They’ve definitely grown a lot because of having some new guys within that offensive line position.
“(Senior center) Nick Buchanan has done a really good job of getting those guys on board. He’s definitely done a good job of preparing those guys for every situation and everything they’ll face this upcoming season. They’ve been through camp and had a really good camp and they worked their tails off this offseason to try and learn everything that they can to prepare for the season.”
Freshmen of influence
There are five true freshmen listed on the depth chart that UF released on Monday — offensive guard Ethan White, offensive tackle Michael Tarquin and cornerbacks Jaydon Hill, Chester Kimbrough and Kaiir Elam.
All five players are listed second on the depth chart. White is behind Brett Heggie at left guard, Tarquin is backing up right tackle Jean Delance, Kaiir Elam is Marco Wilson’s backup, while Hill and Kimbrough are listed as co-backups to CJ Henderson.
Henderson, a junior, was named to The Associated Press preseason All-America team as a second-team cornerback.