Open week allows for extra work for Gators' young players
With an open date this week, Florida coach Will Muschamp and his staff have taken the opportunity to get extra practice time strictly for the younger Gator players.
Muschamp said this week is all about improvement for the Gators, not so much about preparing for LSU. And part of that improvement includes getting some young guys extra reps in a Tuesday mini-scrimmage.
"We did some 3-on-3, we did some 1-on-1 with the receivers and DB’s, which we do every Monday during game week,'' Muschamp said. "And we put the ball down and scrimmaged about 20 snaps and it was productive. It was very simple, we just wanted to see the guys take on blocks, block, get their hands inside and have good hand placement and pad level. We wanted to see some of the young defensive guys tackle and that sort of thing.''
The Gators have already a significant number of freshman, and Muschamp said that's part of his belief that the best players will get playing time. He said several showed signs of improvement in this week's scrimmage.
"I think Alex McCalister is a guy that’s done some nice things, he’s got to continue to get stronger he’s been a basketball guy his whole life, so he’s got to continue to come along,'' he said. "Quinteze Williams did some nice things, Jessamen Dunker did some good things from what I saw. Kent Taylor continues to improve his physicality and play. Raphael Andrades did some nice things, Syler Mornhinweg got some nice snaps there, Mark Herns, a walk-on running back made a couple of nice runs. Marcus Maye showed up a little bit. So I think across the board, Brian Poole, all the guys got a good 20-plus snaps as far as trying to continue to develop our young guys.''