Urban Meyer and the offensive coaches have been hesitant to reveal too much about the offense and how it might be different on Sept. 4, when it is unveiled in the opener. But one thing is obvious. Offensive coordinator SteveAddazio is feeling good about what he’s got.
Addazio listed several things he’s feeling positive about after Wednesday’s morning practice, starting with junior wide receiver Deonte Thompson.
“I’m really fired up about Deonte Thompson,” he said. “I think he’s showing tremendous leadership out there. He’s making plays. I just like what he’s all about right now. We felt that would be the case, but that really is the case. He’s a major factor in developing great chemistry in that room (with the rest of the wide receivers). It was important that it happen this year.
“The accountability factor is there. That’s exciting. I’m real pleased with that.”
Addazio said he also likes what’s happening at quarterback. And more than just the play of starter John Brantley.
“The quarterback position. … I’m very pleased there,” he said. “I like John Brantley. I like his approach at practice. I can tell that that guy is ready to play. And I like Trey Burton and Tyler Murphy. I just like their approach. They’re getting better every day. I’m excited about them.”
Addazio also mentioned the tailbacks (Jeff Demps, Emmanuel Moody, Mike Gillislee and Mack Brown), who are having a strong camp.
“Those are some talented guys now,” he said. “I like what they’re doing in camp. And I like the development of the tight end position. I like what I see there.”
Throw in Addazio’s big, physical, athletic and experienced offensive line, and there’s a lot to feel good about with this offense — whatever it ends up looking like in the fall.