More notes from first week of spring practice

By Adam Silverstein
March 22, 2010

With the Florida Gators beginning spring practice for the 2010 season last Wednesday, there was plenty of newsworthy information around the program. Rather than publishing it all in long form, OGGOA thought it would be best to lay it out piece-by-piece. We continue this series with a weekend practice wrap-up.

» Be sure to read over 1,000 words on the return of head coach Urban Meyer and the start of spring practice in OGGOA‘s first post on the subject.

More notes from the first weekend of spring practice:
» As we mentioned Friday, redshirt sophomore cornerback Adrian Bushell – who was expected to supplant Joe Haden next to junior Janoris Jenkins – is still being held out of spring practice as punishment. Senior [we are looking into why his redshirt has not registered] Moses Jenkins is filling in next to J. Jenkins in the interim.

» Backing up J. Jenkins and already turning heads is impressive four-star frosh CB Jaylen Watkins. Redshirt sophomore Jeremy Brown is second behind M. Jenkins.

» Redshirt junior quarterback John Brantley is continuing to turn heads with his impressive arm and ability to hit receivers in stride. His pass catchers, notably redshirt freshman Stephen Alli, redshirt sophomore Frankie Hammond, Jr. and frosh Solomon Patton are all really impressing.

» Frosh QB Trey Burton, dazzling coaches with his legs and toughness, has plenty of work to do as a passer. He was also lit-up by coaches for trotting into the end zone on a naked bootleg, something he made up for with good effort the rest of practice.

» Injury: sophomore safety Josh Evans injured his left knee during a one-on-one drill and had to be helped off the field.

» Sophomore linebacker Jon Bostic is getting every opportunity to start alongside senior Brandon Hicks and redshirt senior A.J. Jones. Also competing with him is redshirt sophomore Brendan Beal. Though redshirt freshman Jelani Jenkins and sophomore converted S Dee Finley will also be competing for playing time.

» OGGOA previously reported that S Dorian Munroe was denied a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA but is in the process of appealing that ruling. Munroe believes his career is now over after numerous knee injuries and will try his hand at coaching when the hammer comes down. Meyer offered Munroe a chance to work with the coaching staff this season, one he will certainly accept.

» JuCo defensive tackle Edwin Herbert has been released from his scholarship due to his lack of ability, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Thanks to The Gainesville Sun and Miami Herald for some of the details in this post.

5 Comments

  1. ReptilesRule says:

    Wow, released due to lack of ability? That’s cooold! Couldn’t they just say a bad hangnail or something?

  2. brlgator says:

    hey adam, i read a sun sentinel article over the weekend that gave me the impression that it was joshua shaw who had stepped in while bushnel was sidelined. did i read that wrong?

  3. You’ve mentioned this article twice…why don’t you just send it to me? adam@onlygators.com

    The Sun-Sentinel doesn’t normally cover the Gators, they usually just use the info. reported by the Orlando Sentinel (same company). Shaw is competing for the job, sure, but they’re not going to have him with the first team on the first few days of practice. That would be something he has to earn – like Haden did four years ago.

    …plus Shaw is injured.

  4. dp says:

    Any updates on Debose? How about Omar Hunter?

  5. Debose is about 75 percent recovered from his hamstring injury and is taking it slow, not competing in pads yet. Omar Hunter is said to be in the best shape he’s been in since arriving at Florida and is impressing a lot of people.

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