Gators spring practice news and notes – 04/03

By Adam Silverstein
April 3, 2010

With the Florida Gators 2010 spring practice now in full swing, there is 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 look at a team scrimmage from Sat., April 3.

» Redshirt senior running back Emmanuel Moody was injured for the second time this spring. Having just returned after missing two practices due to an ankle injury, Moody hurt his right quad, left the field in pain and did not return to action. Initial thoughts are that the injury is not serious.

Scrimmage happenings:
» In the team’s second scrimmage of the spring, the defense one again outshined the offense with a 41-35 “victory.”

» Freshman quarterback Trey Burton dominated the scrimmage with two touchdown passes to redshirt senior wide receiver Carl Moore including a 64-yarder at the end. As OGGOA wrote Friday, it appears as if QB coach Scot Loeffler has really fine-tuned Burton’s throwing motion in a very short period of time. Backing up redshirt junior John Brantley is less and less of a concern with each passing practice.

» Speaking of Brantley, he threw an interception to senior safety Ahmad Black. He was rushed in the pocket all day due to a weak offensive line that is missing a few starters who are sitting out for mostly precautionary reasons.

» Redshirt sophomore defensive linemen Omar Hunter and Earl Okine and junior William Green all sacked Brantley.

» “The defense is playing disruptive football under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Linebackers [redshirt sophomore] Brendan Beal and [sophomore] Jon Bostic each recorded rather loud hits on a running back. Black’s interception was reminiscent of his play against Oklahoma when ripping the ball from a receiver’s hands.” (Fowler/OS)

Other notes:
» Former center Maurkice Pouncey attended practice.

Special thanks to the Orlando Sentinel for the information above.


  1. Donnie wise says:

    Trey could be a very good qb for us in the future. It was just a short time ago many posters were saying if he took snaps for us we were in trouble. Well if he keeps progressing at the rate he is brantley may end up being the one in trouble

  2. Daniel M. says:

    Great post. Nutritous and delicious.

  3. npgator says:

    Omar Hunter is playing defensive end? Isn’t he a tackle?

  4. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    I am not going to buy into Brantley being in trouble but can someone give me some insight on Burton’s stengths and weaknesses and why he was not rated higher as a prospect? Thanks

  5. Why would Brantley be in trouble?

  6. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    I was referring to the Donnie Wise comment

  7. Acha!

    Positives: Strength, quickness, can run well and really use his powerful legs to gain yards

    Negatives: Mechanics (and his delivery), accuracy, touch on passes, etc.

    However, he already seems to have made huge strides…it will be nice to get a look at him on Saturday.

  8. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Thanks,…would be nice to have a decent backup even if he is a true frosh

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