GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than 1,000 fans turned out Saturday for Florida football’s second practice of the spring.
The Gators were once again in shorts and helmets and the offense made a couple big plays during 11-on-11 work. Here are SEC Country’s observations from the second practice:
- Florida’s quarterbacks performed better as a group on Saturday. Feleipe Franks once again opened as the starter and ran with the first-team offense for the majority of practice, throwing a pair of impressive passes to wide receivers Josh Hammond and Trevon Grimes.
- For the second day in a row, Kyle Trask (No. 2), Jake Allen (No. 3) and Emory Jones (No. 4) received reps in that order. Trask was on point with his accuracy and ball placement in 7-on-7 work, connecting with receivers Dre Massey, Kadarius Toney and Rick Wells. Trask also received first-team reps during the 11-on-11 portion and found tight end Moral Stephens along the sideline for a nice play.
- Allen had the top play of the day, throwing a bomb to Grimes — his former high school teammate — for a 65-yard touchdown pass during 7-on-7 work. Grimes had a better showing in his second practice with the Gators.
- Jones hit a wide open C’yontai Lewis on a corner route with his first rep of 7-on-7 work. During passing drills, the early enrollee threw the ball in the net more than any other quarterback. In the 11-on-11 portion, Jones found Toney in a tight window and he extended his arms out to haul in the reception, drawing an applause from the crowd.
- Florida running back Jordan Scarlett took it to the house on the first play of 11-on-11 work, another crowd pleaser. Lamical Perine and Iverson Clement also broke free for touchdown runs. Adarius Lemons improved his play on Day 2 and seemed to retain some of the pointers Friday from new position coach Greg Knox.
- The tight ends had several passes thrown their way Saturday and appear to be much more involved in the new scheme, something Lewis alluded to after the first practice. “They use the tight end. It’s the main piece of the offense,” Lewis said. “We do a lot of running around, we do a lot of moving. We get the ball a lot now. They run most of plays off of the tight end. We got reads and all type of stuff now, so I’m excited about it.”
- Florida’s starting offensive line: Martez Ivey (LT), Tyler Jordan (LG), T.J. McCoy (C), Fred Johnson (RG) and Jawaan Taylor (RT). Second-team offensive line: Jean DeLance (LT), Kavaris Harkless (LG), Nick Buchanan (C), T.J. Moore (RG) and Stone Forsythe (RT).
- Florida’s starting defensive line: Jabari Zuniga (DE), Khairi Clark (NT) and Luke Ancrum (DE) with CeCe Jefferson at outside linebacker. Second-team defensive line: Zach Carter (DE), T.J. Slaton (NT) and Elijah Conliffe (DE) with Jachai Polite at outside linebacker.
- Sophomore safety Shawn Davis was a standout performer on defense, recording a pass breakup and one of only two interceptions on the day. He worked with the second-team secondary, which also includes safety Donovan Stiner, nickel C.J. McWilliams and cornerbacks Trey Dean and Brian Edwards.
- Linebacker Ventrell Miller tipped a pass during 11-on-11 work, leading to an interception for walk-on cornerback Austin Perry. Freshman safety Amari Burney got his hands on another pass Saturday, but could not hang on to the ball. He had a pair of picks in the opening practice.
- The Gators had a handful of elite recruits on hand Saturday: 5-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (Thousand Oaks, Calf.), 5-star running back Trey Sanders (Bradenton, Fla.), 4-star wide receiver Mycah Pittman (Calabasas, Calif.) and 4-star defensive end Derick Hunter (Fort Myers, Fla.).