Gator football coach Will Muschamp met with the media today to discuss developments with Florida football spring practice:
Linebacker Alex Anzalone –one of the eight freshman football players that enrolled early to the University of Florida– injured his shoulder during Saturday’s open practice. Anzalone went down after a tackling drill and is out for the rest of spring practice.
Other injuries include safety Cody Riggs and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard.
Running back Kelvin Taylor, another early enrollee, is coming along nicely this spring.
While Taylor and the other freshmen have looked good so far, Muschamp acknowledged there is a steep learning curve moving up from high school to the college level.
Cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy’s temporary move from cornerback to wide receiver for the first seven spring practices has been an intriguing storyline. Muschamp talked about Purifoy’s role moving forward.
He went on to say Purifoy will not move to offense full-time in the fall.
Offensive lineman DJ Humphries is listed as the starting left tackle on Florida’s spring depth chart, Muschamp says his weight is up and praised his athleticism.
Quarterback Jeff Driskel begins spring as the established starter, and unlike last year will not have to split first team reps in practice with anyone else. Muschamp talked about what Driskel needs to do to improve.
Joker Phillips is Florida’s new receivers coach. Florida receivers have underwhelmed of late but the players are responding well to his level of expertise.
DJ Durkin was promoted in the offeseason from special teams coordinator/linebackers coach to defensive coordinator; his approach to the job is something Muschamp enjoys.
Spring drills will continue until the Orange And Blue Debut in April.