Gators using spring practice to help determine their identity
The 2010 Florida football team will be different than the 2009 version, that much is certain.Without former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, the Gators will be a completely different offensive-style team.
How much different remains to be seen. In fact, that's the focal point of the Gators' spring football practices right now, offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said.
"The goal this year is to see what the face of our offense is going to be this year,'' Addazio said. "Who are we? What are we going to be? I really don't know that yet, we're in the developmental stage of all that right now.''
Although the Gators are practicing without several offensive lineman, including Tampa's Matt Patchan and Marcus Gilbert, Addazio said it's not a major concern because the most pressing issues are developing the young players and figuring out who will be key players in the fall.
"Now it's ground zero,'' Addazio said, "Exactly who and what are we going to be? And that's what spring is for. We're going to be who we are, and what I mean by that is what are those other components in there. So we're in the process of doing that and every day, it's really on my mind. It's going to be different. It's got to be different. We were an option football team a lot last year. We'll still run option football, but you'll see those Tim carries divided up amongst tailback carries and that makes you different for sure.''