New Florida receivers coach likes what he sees so far
With eight spring practice sessions completed, new Florida wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni said he sees great potential in the Gators' receiving corps, but there's a lot of work to be done.
"I’m excited about it, we’ve got some good, tough young kids,'' Azzanni said. "We’re just finding out if they’re tough and they can play. Deonte (Thompson) is coming along and Omarius Hines is coming along. And I can’t say enough about Frankie Hammonds. They are all slowly, but surely coming along for us.''
Freshman Solomon Patton has been getting work at the slot position and in the backfield, which Azzanni said is designed to get maximum use of his tremendous speed.
"He’s fast, he’s a fast guy and we’ve got to use that speed,'' he said. "We wanted to get him on the edge and see what he can do. It’s a whole lot different deal when you’re carrying that ball out here with the speed around here, and we need to find out if he can do that. That’s what days like this are for, to find out which young guys can play, handle the ball. All our dreams, goals and aspirations are right in his hands, let’s see what he does with that.''
Among the standouts so far is Hammond, Jr., who has been extremely impressive in spring drills.
"I tell you, I can’t say enough about him,'' Azzanni said. "What a tough kid, he knows all the positions, he can play anything we want. He shuts his mouth and works his tail off. He’s the kind of guys we like around here. He’s going to be a big, big part of this offense for us.''