Although Floridas offensive line has been the recipient of much praise from Will Muschamp during the offseason, the Gators coach is not ready to name a starting five.
Right guard Jon Halapio is locked in as the leader on the line, but Muschamp said Friday following the teams first fall practice that there is still significant rotation up front and that the starting unit will not be determined until later in camp.
Right now, I would not be willing to step out and say this our first, this our second group, Muschamp said. We do have some carryover of the depth chart from spring but that will be totally up for grabs as we move through camp here.
The line drew the ire of Muschamp at times last season, including following a regular-season ending loss to FSU in which UF allowed four sacks and struggled to run the ball. Incoming freshmen D.J. Humphries and Jessamen Dunker as well as redshirt freshmen Trip Thurman and Tommy Jordan add depth and competition to a unit that severely lacked it a season ago.
Muschamp taking Hills recruiting role
With wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill resigning Thursday, Muschamp said Friday that he would take over Hills assigned recruiting area of South Florida, including Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties.
Muschamp said he was very surprised by Hills resignation Thursday, and said that players were disappointed to hear the news during a team meeting later that night.
Its a personal situation with Aubrey and it has nothing to do with the University of Florida, Muschamp said Friday.
Muschamp will also take over Hills title as recruiting coordinator. A decision to hire a new wide receivers coach will not be made until following the regular season.
Gorman, Roberson update
After suffering a neck injury last season that had coaches potentially worried about his future, cornerback Marcus Roberson has been fully cleared and worked with the first-team defense during Friday mornings first practice.
Muschamp split the team into two squads with the veterans practicing in the morning and the younger players working at night. UFs coach said he was impressed with the retention of the playbook by his veterans, adding that several players like sophomore safety Jabari Gorman (Miami Monsignor Pace) and redshirt freshman cornerback Valdez Showers will be counted on to contribute this season despite working with the younger players on Friday.
They both went tonight because I didnt want them to stand behind Matt Elam and Josh Evans and hear them make the calls all the time. I wanted Jabari and Valdez to make calls all night, Muschamp said. Its not a demotion at all. Its about reps.