GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida is in its last week of spring football and has two more practices before the Orange & Blue Debut takes place on April 8.
Last Friday, UF coach Jim McElwain discussed the strategy behind the new spring game format. The Gators also scrimmaged later that day, and the offense made several big plays according to the assistant coaches.
McElwain met with the media Monday at noon to recap the scrimmage and preview the week ahead.
Below, you can find a roundup of news and notes from his press conference:
- McElwain on the scrimmage: “From a situational standpoint, I thought both sides handled things well.”
- “Defensive line did an outstanding job of finishing plays,” McElwain said.
- The offense moved the ball “pretty well” and the defense only forced one three-and-out. “Explosive plays really stood out,” McElwain said.
- Wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood, tight end DeAndre Goolsby and running backs Jordan Scarlett and Mark Thompson made the big plays in the scrimmage, per McElwain.
- McElwain on the quarterbacks: “Just OK. Not great, not bad. Just gotta keep working on consistency.”
- Players out: cornerback McArthur Burnett (strain), punter Johnny Townsend (food poisoning). McElwain said offensive guard Brandon Sandifer is out for the rest of the spring and will have his knee scoped.
- McElwain said the competition at running back has produced a lot of big plays because the players at the position are stepping up. “It seems like a different group.”
- Running back Jordan Cronkrite has been working in the wildcat formation, according to McElwain.