GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida football coach Jim McElwain met with reporters Monday to update spring practice heading into the final week before the Orange & Blue Debut on Friday night.
Here were the highlights from his comments, with full video below:
WATCH: Florida coach Jim McElwain discusses spring practice heading into the final week before the Orange & Blue Debut.
Posted by Florida Gators Insiders on Monday, April 3, 2017
- “Really good last week. I thought work-wise we were able to get Friday’s scrimmage, I felt we made some real strides in some areas as far as taking care of the football, especially in the passing game. I thought some guys came up with some explosive plays, which was good. Both quarterbacks had their moments really moving the (offense), which was good. … The good thing is really there were no injuries.”
- “I thought Kadarius (Toney) did some things. He worked with the 2s in there with his package, came up with some explosive runs. And then obviously the packed the box for him and made him throw the ball down the field.”
- “The tackling was really good. I thought Chauncey Gardner and Marcell Harris really stood defensively in that scrimmage.”
- “The (spring game) has become a made for television event. We have an hour and 57 minutes to get everything in so we’ll do our best to fit that time frame. … We’ll sit down Wednesday and see how want to split it.”
- On clarity at the QB position: “We should know a lot. I think it’s starting to sort itself out, and the natural question is, ‘Well, what’s sorting itself out?’ You’ll find out.”
- Does that mean there is separation: “Yeah. We’re doing good.”
- On play-calling for spring game: “We don’t need Michigan seeing what we’re doing. … We’ll be fairly vanilla, but the good thing is being vanilla you see how the guys play without the scheme part of it.”
- Have the QBs progressed as he hoped? “Yeah, they’ve done a good job, and yet, I kind of expected them to as well.”
- How important is the spring game for them? “Its’ another opportunity. Is it the end all? Absolutely not. We have a body of work, plus what we do over the summer and into Fall camp. There again, it’s another opportunity and that’s the way it’s gotta be approached. I will say I’m excited how they’re playing. It’s been good, we’ve been able to stretch it really good.”
- On Chauncey Gardner Jr. and Marcell Harris: “Here’s what’s been really good, I think, is Chauncey really getting full time out there at corner, where he had kind of bounced around. I think he became really comfortable, which was good to see. Marcell and the tackling department, made some open-field tackles that didn’t just try to knock him out, got him wrapped up and really kept his head up – the things we talk about. His leadership has been really, really strong throughout the spring. That’s a good thing.”
- On freshman TE Kemore Gamble: “He’ll be a factor. As of right now, he’ll be playing. He’s just got to continue the communication piece, especially in the blocking stuff we need to do. But here’s the thing I like about him, is he’s willing. When the guy has got courage, he doesn’t back down. He’s got as good of hand-eye coordination, great ball skills as probably anybody on our team.”
- On Franks bouncing back from spring game struggles last year: “I’m sure he’ll be excited to get out there and redo whatever he did a year ago. Like I said, this is just another piece. It’s not the end-all one way or the other. Let’s face it, the defense is going to know the route combinations the offense is going to know the coverage shells. So it’s not trying to trick anybody as much as let’s see if we can get our second step in the ground, win one on ones.”