Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The University of Florida football team went through the first of what should be two scrimmages today as it prepares for the season opener against Hawaii.
Gator coach Urban Meyer said the scrimmage was good, and he singled out several players who played well, one of them being Justin Williams who recently moved to safety from wide receiver. Meyer said Williams had two picks in the scrimmage today and safties coach Chuck Heater said he really likes the progress Williams has made.
Meyer also said defensive lineman Lawrence Marsh continues to play well at the defensive tackle spot and also said Brandon James did a very nice job from the receiver position.
Defensive Coordinator Charlie Strong praised the way his defense played in the scrimmage, saying the unit played better than it had in any of the 13 games played in the regular year last year. Strong credits that to the young players having another year of experience and now knowing where to go and playing hard as opposed to thinking about their assignments and what to do.
Meyer said wide receiver Percy Harvin did not practice but did say Chris Rainey was at full go today and did well. He said that quarterbacks Cam Newton and John Brantley did some good things but would not say if one quarterback was ahead of the other at this point.
Wide receiver Louis Murphy did not participate because of a sprained ankle and Meyer said that defensive tackles Omar Hunter and Matt Patchan were "close" to full time action. Defensive end Jermaine Cunningham is back from injury but did not participate today in the scrimmage but should work in this afternoon's practice.
Defensive lineman Javier Estopinian will be a "limited player" this year according to Meyer but he is going to be the "quarterback" of the punt team, a very valued and important position on the team.
Finally, Meyer said that he feels his team is "more advanced" than last year and added that he pretty much knows who is going to play at this point. He says it is now time to get to work on preparing for Hawaii and the season opener.