Florida Gators’ defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin confident in team

08/21/2014 6:52 PM

08/21/2014 9:13 PM

Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is bullish on Florida’s chances this season.

Durkin cited zero specific concerns heading into the Aug. 30 opener, saying: “I really like where we’re at.

“We have to keep going now throughout this weekend, have a great week of practice and then let it go loose. Play hard, play fast and don’t worry.”

UF’s secondary and defensive line are littered with youth, but Durkin expressed confidence in two talented yet inexperienced groups.

“They’ve stepped up and done a great job. I couldn’t be more pleased with how they’ve gone through camp,” he said.

As for a defensive-backs unit that includes five freshmen, Durkin said: “We’re starting to get a better idea of where we’re going to have some guys. The thing about the secondary is there’s a lot of guys deserving of playing time, and they’re going to get it.”

• According to senior safety Jabari Gorman, quarterback Jeff Driskel did not toss a single interception during training camp.

“We had pass deflections, no interceptions [against Jeff],” Gorman said.

The redshirt junior has 10 career picks, including three last year in just over two games. Driskel’s last collegiate pass was a pick-six against Tennessee, breaking his leg on the play and missing the majority of UF’s disastrous 2013 season.

Driskel has looked sharp during preseason practices, drastically improving his deep-ball accuracy and decisiveness.

“He’s making better decisions with the ball and being more smart with it,” Gorman said.

“He’s seeing guys who are already open and making good decisions.”

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