The Florida Gators are one week removed from spring football, which allowed them to identify new starters in all three phases of the game.
But many of those results were expected this spring. Here’s three things we learned:
1. C’yontai Lewis will be a top offensive weapon for UF
Judging by his performance in the Orange & Blue Debut, Lewis is going to have a breakout season with the Gators. He led all pass catchers with five receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. Lewis looked great last year in the season opener and caught two touchdowns, but he missed the first five SEC games with a broken hand and had trouble getting playing time when he returned from injury. But UF is counting on him to step up in 2016 with Jake McGee now gone, and Lewis appears ready to take on a bigger role in the offense.
2. Freshman quarterback Kyle Trask belongs at Florida
When Trask committed to the Gators last summer as a two-star recruit who was the backup quarterback at his high school, UF fans and media were scratching their heads at the decision. The 6-foot-5 gunslinger quickly showed in practice why he received a scholarship from Florida. Trask has a perfect throwing motion, his passes are beautiful and his accuracy is deadly. Now, it remains to be seen if he can develop into an SEC starter down the road. But there’s no doubting his pure passing ability and he showed it in the spring game, easily outperforming fellow true freshman and highly-touted recruit Feleipe Franks.
3. Kylan Johnson’s switch to linebacker is a great move
Johnson is yet another example of the recruiting prowess and coaching ability of Florida linebackers coach Randy Shannon. He had his eye on the relatively unknown athlete when he was an assistant coach at Arkansas in 2014, then landed him for the Gators at the end of the 2015 recruiting cycle. Johnson moved from safety to linebacker during last season and is now developing into a big-time player under Shannon. The redshirt freshman had a game-high eight tackles in the spring game and made a heads-up interception. He’ll provide UF with some much needed depth at linebacker this year.