Gators still lacking depth at wide receiver
Florida wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales spent the preseason searching for players who could help add depth to a position that's lacking experienced reserves on the Gators' roster.
The Gators' starting rotation of Riley Cooper, Deonte Thompson, David Nelson and Brandon James seemed solid, Gonzales said, but the rest are a huge question mark. With Carl Moore and Andre Debose on the injury list, the Gators' lack of depth at receiver is one of his biggest concerns, UF coach Urban Meyer said.
So Saturday's Charleston Southern game, and most likely this week's game against Troy, provided an opportunity to see some of those other players in action. Omarius Hines, T.J. Lawrence, Frankie Hammond, Jr., Justin Williams and Cade Holliday all saw playing time.
The overall result?
"A lot of mistakes,'' Gonzales said. "The biggest thing is I want them to execute. I reviewed with one of my players (Sunday), he didn't grade out a winner. I put his film on and I said listen, I want to compare you to Riley, I want to compare you to David (Nelson) and BJ (Brandon James) and DT (Deonte Thompson). Is it (his performance) the exact same? If it's not, then it's not good enough. We've got a standard. We've set the bar high. And that's the standard. If it's not happening, then you need to change what you do to get to that level.''
Gonzales said he expects a learning curve since most of the players he's hoping will step up haven't played much - if at all - at this level. Still, time is of the essence.
"It wasn't so much mistakes, as it was just finishing,'' he said. "The finished product at the end of the play. So we've got to execute that. But it was good to get those guys a lot of reps. They played a lot of snaps, they got some experience, and with the exception of Justin Williams, those other three really had never played a snap of college football before. So it was good to get them in there, get them experience. Now they understand what the game-tempo is, and what's expected of them.''