GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators held their second full scrimmage of the spring Friday, and according to three assistants, it went well for UF.
Wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon II, tight ends coach Greg Nord and defensive backs coach Torrian Gray all met with the media following practice.
“We did decent things from what it looked like from the naked eye,” Dixon said. “Not as good as it seems, not as bad as it seems, always in between is what I say.”
Nord wasn’t as reserved. He singled out plays made by wideout Ahmad Fulwood, tight end DeAndre Goolsby and running back Mark Thompson.
“We had a few explosive plays that we’ve been looking for out of the offense,” Nord said. “Fulwood had a nice catch-and-run in a situation. We had Mark get out and get the big run in some of the situational stuff that we did. Goolsby had a nice long catch. There were several others, which is good.
“When you sit there and you remember every one of them, there’s not as many as you’d like. But if you sit there and remember three in particular and I can tell you there were some others, then that’s good.”
Nord said Thompson’s run went for more than 60 yards and a touchdown during the offense’s two-minute drill. Dixon added that receiver Alvin Bailey performed well for the second consecutive day and has now come up big in both scrimmages.
“Alvin had a good Wednesday,” Dixon said, “and did some really good things (Friday). Just want to see him continue to grow as he has, you know he’s getting better with route running, which is something we’ve really talked about in the offseason just to make him better. And he’s doing a good job of understanding of what he needs to do technique wise to be able to contribute and be a guy for us.”
In addition to his catch-and-run, Fulwood made a nice grab on a deep ball. Friday was his first day back after missing a week of practice with a leg injury.
“He made a couple of good plays on the ball, using his size,” Gray said. “He had one good play, long one out there just being a big body and plucking a ball. It’s good to see.”
Gray was disappointed with the explosive plays given up by the defense, but three players in the secondary came up with turnovers in the scrimmage.
“Chauncey Gardner and Marcus Maye had an interception,” Gray said. “We had Duke Dawson had one that was a touchdown, but it was a penalty. So we got our hands on the ball and we did some positive things, but there were also some long plays that we got to clean up.
“Overall, I think we’re going to like what we’re going to put on film with the understanding that we’ve got a lot of work to still do.”