Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Florida Gators say they're ahead of the curve

GAINESVILLE — Florida completed its first day of fall practice with little fanfare but injury free, coach Will Muschamp said Monday night.

The Gators' surprising grasp of the new Kurt Roper offense during 15 spring practices has them ahead of the curve as fall camp begins.

"Now after working in the spring, we've refined some packages with some guys to make sure we're able to take advantage of those guys," Muschamp said.

"We'll take the first five or six days to really ingrain our installation. But each day we start introducing (new things). We start introducing third down on Day 3, we start introducing one minute on Day 6, we do some red zone on Day 4 and 5. … We work into some goal-line short yardage on Day 6. So part of your package offensively and defensively is being installed every day up to about practice number eight. And then you try to repeat a lot of that as you're going through camp and also going through special situations — one minute before half — all of the different things that pop up in a game."

UM: Update soon on RB

CORAL GABLES — Miami coach Al Golden said that projected starting QB Ryan Williams, who tore his ACL during spring practice, was expected to meet with team doctors Monday evening, which could give the Hurricanes a better idea of where his health stands entering camp.

In his first news conference before fall camp opens today, Golden said that Williams so far hasn't had any setbacks during his rehabilitation. He remains unsure how much of a factor Williams will be in the quarterback competition ahead of Miami's opener at Louisville on Sept. 1.

"He's doing great physically. His mind has always been tremendous in terms of the game and the leadership from that standpoint," Golden said.

"Is he going to be a factor in this race in the next five weeks? I don't know. I honestly don't know and it's not worth speculating on. Let's see what Dr. (Lee) Kaplan and his staff say and we'll stay on track … we'll just follow his orders."

Golden said he expects all his other players to be available today, including DE Anthony Chickillo, a former Alonso High standout who wore a walking boot on his right foot on Monday, and K Matt Goudis, who Golden said has had a "little issue this summer."

RB Duke Johnson, who returned to limited action the final week of spring practice after fracturing his ankle in Miami's loss to Florida State in November, will also practice, with Golden saying the preseason All-ACC selection is ready for action.

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