GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain spent spring break last week visiting his mother and growing out a goatee.
His players, meanwhile, had some down time in Gainesville, visited their hometown or took a mini vacation. However, none of them went an entire week without football.
Several players posted videos of themselves doing drills and workouts during the week. Wide receiver Antonio Callaway even linked up with incoming freshman quarterback Jake Allen for a throwing session.
“I was really proud of them,” McElwain said of his team. “We asked them to take some workouts with them … and they took it to heart. A lot of them got together in certain areas that they were at. Some guys worked out obviously at their high schools. I could see that a lot of guys got a lot done over the break.
“I think that speaks a little bit kind of why I’m so excited about this team. They really have focused on what they need to do to get better, and part of that is accepting the responsibility to keep pushing yourself and that’s what we’ve seen.”
McElwain admits he was a little nervous about how much work the players would actually do. As a coach, you also worry about something going wrong in places such as Panama City Beach or Miami (see Dak Prescott).
“That’s probably what I would have done as a college guy,” McElwain said. “But these guys are all from around the beach anyway, so that’s nothing new, right? But at the same time, I think it just shows their kind of commitment, want, their willingness to accept responsibility to go get yourself better.
“That’s something that we as a program have stressed, and these guys are really getting after it. It was great to see what shape they came back in.”
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