Lessons learned from Florida’s spring practice

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SDS will be looking at each SEC team’s spring practice and address concerns entering and exiting on both sides of the ball.

Offense

Concern entering spring: Passing offense
Concern exiting spring: Wide receivers, Jeff Driskel’s development

From what little we saw from Florida’s spring game (can we really tell anything from a spring game?), its more of the same from the passing offense. Jeff Driskel still locks on one receiver, and speaking of the receivers, there aren’t any standing out. Separation past five yards was non-existent in 2012, and someone has to step up. Between Quinton Dunbar, Demarcus Robinson and Andre Debose, one of the three has to assume the go-to role for Driskel. The lack of development by the passing offense remains the biggest concern.

Transfers looking to start
Florida signed two of the biggest transfers in the country not listed on any recruiting radar. Tackle Tyler Moore, Nebraska transfer, and guard Max Garcia, Maryland transfer, looked like starters this spring. Moore became the first true offensive lineman to ever start at Nebraska, and he will hold down right tackle. Garcia is a strong candidate to start at guard, too, and it’s conceivable that this offensive line will improve next season. That bodes well for helping develop the passing game more.

Defense

Concern entering spring: Loss of seven impact players
Concern exiting spring: Safeties

Will Muschamp will put a good product on the field on defense. You can bet your boots on that, but one position he doesn’t feel too good about is safety. Jabari Gorman and Cody Riggs are slated to on the first team, but Valdez Showers and Marcus Maye are right on their heels. It’s not that Muschamp doesn’t feel good about the players he recruited. Rather, he is looking for more from each player, and the lack of experience is a little concerning. Muschamp knows Florida has to return to being strong up the middle.

Freshmen stepping up
Three early enrollees in RB Kelvin Taylor, WR Demarcus Robinson and LB Daniel McMillan all earned playing time and should see significant snaps next fall. Taylor slides into the No. 2 back behind Matt Jones to give Florida a legit one-two punch, while Robinson and McMillian will be in the rotation at their respective positions.

Bryant Young resigns
The resignation of Bryant Young shouldn’t be alarming. It actually gives Florida and Muschamp more flexibility that could lead to a stronger staff altogether next fall, depending on the new hire.

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