Excitement is high in Gainesville as spring practice is officially underway for the Florida football team. Associate head coach of offense and running backs Jabbar Juluke talks how the team is improving throughout spring ball.
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Florida Gators spring practice
After a disappointing 2021 season that saw the Gators finish with a 6-7 overall record, there is plenty of work to be done in 2022. And with first-year head coach Billy Napier at the helm, he plans to make changes to the teams’ physicality as well as mentality. Beginning with tough workouts in the winter, the Gators are getting a push under Napier’s leadership.
Jabbar Juluke talks running back room
Juluke followed Napier to Gainesville after spending the past four years with the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Prior to that, the Gators lost top rushers in Dameon Pierce and Malik Davis. On the other hand, Juluke is inheriting a solid mix of young talent as well as returners in Nay’Quan Wright. Now, he says the team is practicing with even more structure.
“We’re still at the bottom level, man. We’re trying to build up, you know, everybody has their strengths and their weaknesses. And we’re trying to make their weaknesses their strengths,” Juluke said.
Juluke spoke on the goals of the program throughout spring practices and how each player will need to earn their spot on the field.
Meanwhile, he says the team is taking full advantage of every opportunity as competition remains high amongst players.
And while the program is looking to build its depth and keep its options open, Juluke says he wants players building relationships as well.
Looking ahead to the spring game
The Florida Gators football team will play its first spring game in three years due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The Orange and Blue game will take place on Thursday, April 14 in the Swamp with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The annual spring game will stream live on SEC Network+. Fans will get their first look at the Florida football program under its new leadership.