8/9: Gators speak about team, position battles

By Adam Silverstein
August 10, 2012

With the Florida Gators entrenched in their first week of fall practice, a handful of players spoke with the media on Thursday about how things are going as the team prepares for the 2012 season. Due to time constraints, the quotes below have not been formulated into individual segments as is tradition in these posts.

Michael Taylor – redshirt sophomore linebacker

» On if he is playing Mike or Will linebacker: “I’m trying to be versatile and interchangeable so whenever I’m on the field I can do whatever to help the team.”

» On freshman LB Antonio Morrison: “That boy love to hit. That’s my buddy right there. He’s picking up the calls. He picked them up a lot quicker than I did when it was my first year here.”

» On which of his position-mates have taken on a leadership role:Lerentee [McCray]’s probably the most outspoken one out of the three of them.”

» On if the linebackers are the strength of the defense: “I think the whole defense is the strength of the defense. I don’t feel like we’re weak at one spot.”

Darrin Kitchens – junior linebacker

» On redshirt sophomore LB Neiron Ball: “Neiron Ball look great. He looks great. He’s going to be a force to be reckoned with this year.”

» Kitchens said he, Ball and redshirt sophomore Gideon Ajagbe are working at Sam linebacker while McCray is pretty much solely taking reps at Buck linebacker.

» On if he thinks he has matured now that he is married: “I really do because it puts things in perspective. I have to essentially make things more important than they really were. Although things were important for me before, I know I’m not doing it for myself but I have a family to look after now.”

[EXPAND Click to expand and read the rest of this post.]Louchiez Purifoy – sophomore cornerback

» On if the offense is going to be a problem for teams this year: “Right now it might just be a problem. They’re coming on strong. They’re getting ready to have something special.”

» Purifoy said four players – sophomore Marcus Roberson, junior Cody Riggs, junior Jaylen Watkins and himself – are competing for the two starting cornerback jobs.

» On how he describes his play: “I’m physical. I can run. I’m big. I put my hands on people. That’s it.”

» On how he distinguishes sophomore quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel: “They both have some similar similarities.”

» Purifoy said that redshirt sophomore Quinton Dunbar has been the best wide receiver so far in camp: “He’s fast. He’s got good hands, and he can get open.”

» On freshman WR Latroy Pittman: “He’s strong, physical. You got to really get physical with him because he’s a possession receiver. He can catch; he’s got great hands. He can catch in traffic, catch without it. He’s a good player who can come in and help us.”

Hunter Joyer – sophomore fullback

» On who is standing out at quarterback: “I really can’t even tell most of the time who is in there. They both do just about the same amount of work and they’re just as good, so it’s going to be a tough competition.”

» On if he will get more touches this year (via InsidetheGators.com): “It’s a huge role and I’d love to do that, love to be that person. Everyone likes to be able to touch the ball and do certain things, but I mean I’m fine with whatever the coaches ask me to do.”

Valdez Showers – redshirt freshman defensive back

» On how good the defense can be this year: “This defense could be very good, especially with the people we have in it. As long as everybody is on the same page, it could be a great defense.”[/EXPAND]

3 Comments

  1. Bob says:

    2 things

    1-love Purifoy’s quote abt the qb’s…classic

    2-is Showers related to Shea Showers who played for Spurrier?

  2. Basshole says:

    Bob, that quote is awesome: “They both have some similar similarities.”

  3. Kyle says:

    So no sign of fowler being the buck and McCray being Sam… Hmmm still time for it to happen

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