Robinson and Players Press Conference 9-16

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Linebackers coach Christian Robinson and select players will meet with us around noon. Follow along for updates.
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Jeremiah Moon says the team has done a great job of keeping everything separate and not allowing the pandemic and social justice issues to become distractions.

He says there was talk of some players opting out, but they have a team goal of winning a national championship, so they're all-in.
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He says Mohamoud Diabate is looking great. They've got him coming off of the edge and standing up. He's become more boisterous this fall. Brenton Cox brings his "hard hat" every day.

Moon is looking to go out with a bang and prove what he can do. "I'll be getting more sacks this season." He adds that he's been working on getting more physical.
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He says Todd Grantham puts them in great position to make plays. You just have to pay attention in the film room apply it, and the results will follow.

He says they have a big O-Line, and "they're going to be great this season for us."
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Moon says he's trying to improve his speed coming off of his injuries and be able to run with tight ends and running backs in coverage.
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He says since quarantine started, they took on the responsibility of following protocol. He thinks they'll be the most prepared team for this season.
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He says having a bunch of versatile players makes a big difference. Being able to drop into coverage or rush will be "a big thing that you'll see."
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He says they have a talented group of freshmen linebackers. He's seen progress, and he thinks they'll play a significant role, whether on defense or special teams.
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Moon says Derek Wingo is very athletic but is still learning the system. "I think he'll be great."

He says they have a lot of depth, and that will take them far in a year like this.
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He says Grantham is going to put everybody in the best position to make plays, so you'll see a lot of different things out of the BUCK position.
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That's it for Moon.
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Robinson says he's enjoyed the work that everybody's done so far dealing with all the uncertainty. "Ventrell Miller's been just great." He adds Diabate, James Houston and Lacedrick Brunson as standouts with their energy and their leadership of the young guys.
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He says they've been finding ways to move everybody around, and Diabate is one of those guys. He expects him to move around, and his versatility is his strength.
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He says they have a lot of depth, and it's great to have guys in the room that have been in the system for multiple years. When they lose a guy like Reese, they're able to slide in Miller easily. They have a next-guy-up mentality now. Depth comes from leadership from the older guys. He says they're going to have a lot of young guys on special teams, and he's excited to watch them play.
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He says Miller is his "captain-type-material" player. He's lost 15 pounds and is able to keep up with Kyle Pitts in practice. When you get to compete against the best players in the country, that gives you the confidence to execute in hostile environments. He remembers early in 2018, Miller walked in his office upset and told him that he wanted an opportunity to play. He told him that he has the ability to play here, but he just needed to learn the small things like how to execute certain coverages or blitzes. Against Miami last year, Miller told him, "I don't know if I can go" at one point. Robinson told him that this is what he wanted.
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Robinson says having versatile players is the number one thing that they look for in recruiting for Grantham's defense. When Diabate first got here, he only wanted to rush the passer. Now, he understands that he has to do more if he wants to be the best player he can be and have a future in the NFL.
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He says having versatile players allow them to create multiple looks and keep them from being predictable. The players are learning the fundamentals and techniques of other positions and their own positions.
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He says Diabate was in his room at times last year, and he's taken the same approach that Jonathan Greenard did last year.
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He says it's been a blessing to have Wingo. He's done everything asked of him and has a good work ethic. He's asking lots of questions and making Robinson do his job all of the time. He thinks he'll contribute and help them. He thinks he'll talk about him like he talks about Miller someday.
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Robinson says Cox never complained and worked hard on the scout team last year. He's never acted entitled to anything. "If he puts it together the way I think he can, people will definitely take notice of him and know where he is on the field."

He says Amari Burney isn't afraid to communicate and is always where he needs to be. He's accepted the challenge of playing multiple positions. He doesn't get fazed by a lot and knows the mechanics of their defense, so he could move on a week's notice if needed.
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He says there are a lot of things from Grantham's defense that have carried over from his playing days, but Grantham is always working to adapt and change based off of how offenses are evolving.
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He says they've told the players what's on the line with how they handle the virus. They have great medical personnel, and he's told the players to just do their part and understand that the decisions they make will affect how they play. It's not easy, but their guys have accepted the challenge.

That's it for Robinson.
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Kaiir Elam says he was very proud of CJ Henderson on Sunday, and he was happy to see him play well. He feels like he can achieve the same thing as long as he remains coachable and improves his game.

Dak Prescott told them "to have your heart where your two feet are." There's nothing wrong with speaking about how you feel, but you're main focus needs to be on football.
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He says his biggest goal every day is to get better every day and be coachable, and everything else will fall into place. "Keep being me, and good things will pay off." He says the corners that came before him at UF are inspirations for him, but he doesn't want to be like them. He wants to be the greatest.

He thinks Marco Wilson and he will be a good duo. He's picking his brain and trying to learn from him.
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He says his main focus is to perfect his technique, and he's done that by watching film of some of the top corners in the NFL and in college. He did a lot of running and speed training with his father this offseason. He watched Stephon Gilmore, Jalen Ramsey and Patrick Peterson, bigger corners by himself.
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Elam says everybody takes pride in trying to stay COVID-free, and they're working hard on it.
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He says they treat practice like it's a game, and the receivers are making it tough on them. He went against more veteran receivers last year, but this year he's going against a lot of younger guys. He thinks they'll be fine at receiver.
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He says Burney is very smart and coachable, which allows him to play multiple spots. He has to know what a STAR, safety and middle linebacker does.
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He says his main goal coming into college was to start, but he knew he was behind Henderson and Wilson. So, he focused on getting better every day and picking their brains. He tried to maximize his opportunities.

He says he ran a mile or two on the beach in the morning to provide resistance and build his speed this summer. He jokes that he runs faster than 4.4.
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Elam says the older DBs lead by example and gave him great feedback when he came in last year.

That's all for today.
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