The Gators football team is back at work, and head coach Will Muschamp likes what he’s seeing. Already through half of their spring practices, the team held an intrasquad scrimmage over the weekend.
While all eyes were on the quarterback battle, several other players stepped up during the scrimmage. Muschamp called senior running back Mike Gillislee the “player of the day on offense,” and his north-south running style fits perfectly with what Muschamp wants to do in the ground game. Junior defensive end Ronald Powell also stood out in this weekend’s scrimmage. Muschamp says the strong play of these two upperclassmen isn’t suprising, as they have been working hard during the offseason to get better.
Redshirt senior wideout Frankie Hammond Jr. was another player singled out by Muschamp for his strong performance in the scrimmage. Hammond made several catches down the field and also took a reverse in for a score. This is a good sign for the Gators as they continue to search for a game changer at the wide receiver position. Early enrollee Latroy Pittman also played well and Muschamp says he has been extremely pleased with his progress since he arrived on campus.
One area the Gators still need have a need at is the quarterback position. While there certainly isn’t a lack in the number of quarterbacks on the spring roster, the quality of their play has been inconsistent. Muschamp isn’t tipping his hand as to who he favors going into the spring game, but it is clear that no quarterback has yet to distance himself from the pack.
Gators spring football practices are closed to the public. The next chance to see the team will be at the annual Orange and Blue game on April 7th.