Spring predictions


With the start of practice fast approaching, we offer up these spring football predictions:

  • Redshirt freshman quarterback John Brantley’s left shoulder injury will not be a major hindrance and he will make a strong run at the No. 2 spot behind Tim Tebow. Cameron Newton is a gifted athlete, but Brantley has a chance to be special because of his passing ability.

  • Everyone is talking about Emmanuel Moody emerging as the No. 1 tailback. But watch out for Mon Williams. He’s big, fast, explosive and is ready to make a move after missing last season with a knee injury. Williams will be the one grabbing headlines this spring.

  • Some have been ready to label Carl Johnson a bust because the five-star recruit hasn’t done much on the offensive line since he’s been at UF. That will start to change this spring. Johnson can play all the offensive line positions and he’s going to be a major contributor on a line that could become one of the best in school history.
  • Cornelius Ingram is going to take on the role of a more conventional tight end and he’s going to have a huge spring.
  • If Riley Cooper stays healthy, he’ll nail down a starting job at one of the wide receiver positions. Here’s another receiver who’s ready to make a move ” Justin Williams, who made some plays on special teams last season and is an excellent athlete.
  • John Brown will become a starter at defensive tackle.
  • A.J. Jones is going to have a breakout spring at outside linebacker.
  • Jacques Rickerson has finally bought into the Urban Meyer way and he’s going to become a starter at one of the cornerback positions.
  • Dorian Munroe and Jerimy Finch will wage one of the best battles of the spring for the starting role at strong safety.
  • True freshman Caleb Sturgis will win the field goal kicking job.
  • Percy Harvin, Louis Murphy, Deonte Thompson and Chris Rainey will not have a problem beating the fastest student on campus on the day of the spring game.
  • The Orange will beat the Blue (just a guess, of course).