Florida is just four practices in, and installing a new spread offense that will fit the personnel much better is the main agenda.
Florida is taking their time installing the new offense. It has been more about getting lined up correctly and doing it with tempo than installing the full offense, but it will come.
How much can you really learn from four practices? Two players are already standing out in rising sophomore wide receiver Chris Thompson and rising sophomore defensive lineman Joey Ivie.
Thompson played in seven games as a freshman and made just two catches for 13 yards. He stands just 6-0, 167 pounds, and he’s perfect for Florida’s spread attack under Kurt Roper. Thompson is grabbing the slot position and not looking back. He’s had a big spring thus far, and he’s been tough to cover and has been coming down with tough catches. That bodes well for a major increased role in 2014.
Rising sophomore Joey Ivie played in three games last season, and he burnt his redshirt towards the end of the season because of Florida’s injury concerns. Ivie has put on weight, and he has been a standout through the first four practices. With tackle Leon Orr out, Ivie could win a starting job, and he’s been rather dominant and disruptive to start. The sophomore could really make a major impact in 2014, and at the very least he’ll help with defensive line depth.
Other practice notes:
- Vernon Hargreaves has continued to look like the best player on the field (which he is).
- Jeff Driskel struggled with his accuracy in Monday’s practice.
- Will Grier has been playing well, and he struggled for the first time Monday.
- Max Garcia is playing well at center. He moved from guard.
- The first-team offensive line has been LT DJ Humphries, LG Trip Thurman, C Max Garcia, RG Tyler Moore and RT Trenton Brown.
- WR Demarcus Robinson has played well and looked like the best receiver on the field.
- Safety Marcel Harris looks 100 percent recovered from his knee injury and is playing well. Harris could win the safety job opposite Marcus Maye.
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