You think the season flies by, doesn’t seem like spring practice just started yesterday?
But it’s finished and it couldn’t have gone much better for the Gators.
“It would have been better to have everyone healthy to have some continuity,” said Tim Tebow. “But it was also good that some guys got some experience. Our overall goal on offense was to have a two-deep.”
That they have. I was impressed with Frankie Hammond and T.J. Lawrence at wide receiver. Jon Bostic is going to get on the field this season. Omar Hunter had a nice stuff on a run up the middle. Jaye Howard caught Chris Rainey in the backfield from behind.
And these are all guys who will be playing back-up roles this year. We knew Florida’s starting 22 was as good as anybody’s in the country. Now we see that it’s second 22 could be a middle-of-the-pack team in any conference in America. And there are some conferences where these back-ups would get rings at the end of the year.
The bottom line is that Florida, with Urban Meyer stacking recruiting classes on top of one another, has become Southern Cal. This isn’t just about Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes and Joe Haden. It’s about having players who will not only provide quality depth but push the starters for playing time and provide stout opposition in practice.
That’s how teams win championships. That’s how programs become dominant.