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‘Solid day’ in the Swamp for Florida Gators

 

Miami Herald Writer

Florida conducted its second preseason scrimmage Friday, as players held their final auditions competing for hierarchy on the depth chart.

Coach Will Muschamp said the Gators had “a solid day.”

UF practiced in the Swamp, simulating a normal game day with coaches in the press box. Muschamp praised his team’s effort, highlighting the offense’s no-huddle operation, the production of Florida’s placekickers and explosive plays from multiple wideouts.

“We’re more talented [on offense] than we were a year ago,” he said. “We’re better at every position.”

The Gators plan to zero in on a depth chart soon, with Muschamp saying the coaches will watch the scrimmage’s film and then determine “guys we can count on moving forward.”

“Your tape is your résumé,” he said. “The guys that are producing and playing well, doing it the way we want to do it, those are the guys that’ll play.”

A year after being snake-bitten with injuries, perhaps the most-prevalent takeaway from Friday’s scrimmage is the Gators exited both preseason scrimmages without sustaining any devastating injuries.

Muschamp said promising freshman offensive tackle David Sharpe suffered a high-ankle sprain, but otherwise the rest of the team is fine and dealing only with normal bumps and bruises of a physical training camp.

“We’re pretty healthy,” he said,

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Florida will hold its final open practice Saturday, with a start change from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. … Muschamp said sophomore defensive backs Vernon Hargreves III and Keanu Neal are the only two locks as starters in the secondary. … Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Roderick Johnson continues to ascend up the depth chart and is UF’s top backup option, according to Muschamp.

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