McGriff, select players media opportunity

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Secondary Coach Wesley McGriff and select players at approximately 8:15pm.
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Coach McGriff has arrived
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"The guys have done a tremendous job communicating"

Coach McGriff on communication within the meeting rooms and on the field.
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On Trevez Johnson: High IQ, great job in the classroom which translates to the field...

"Does the small things to get to a high level"
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On Johnson (Cont.) "He has the ability to be one of the best in the conference."

They are continuing to work on technique, etc., but his ability can make him one of the top at the star/nickel position.
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Coach McGriff says that transfer Diwun Black has taken most of his reps at the Star/Nickel position, but they will continue to put players where they can best contribute on the field.
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"These young men have a ton of confidence... we have a strong culture here."

McGriff on the translation from last year's struggles to this year with McGriff being new to the team. Says the culture can help them play at a high level with high confidence.
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"It takes a strong leader. We have that in Todd Grantham."

McGriff has had great success improving defensive back groups in a short amount of time (most recently at Auburn) and is looking to do that in Gainesville.

"There is not a timeline on when it clicks, but when you know, you know... it's going to happen."

Coach on if there is a timeline on when a group clicks together
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On Kamar Wilcoxson: "The only thing he is missing is experience."

He has all the talent an is a pleasure to coach, just needs more experience so he can recognize plays better.
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On Jayden Hill: "Everyone is motivated to play for him."

Hill tore his ACL, ending his 2021 season after the first fall scrimmage
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On Jason Marshall: "His eyes are wide open, mouth is closed, ears wide open. His is very coachable. It is very rare to have a player like that."

He also explained his is epitome of the next play mentality
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Khris Bogle and Rashad Torrence are up next
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Torrence is up first
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On coming into fall camp after a full offseason and playing last season:

"I've focused on learning the playbook more this offseason and being ready."
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On Trey Dean:

Playing next to him is like playing with a big brother. Has a relationship that goes beyond UF, knew each other from travel ball when Torrence years ago
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On Diwun Black, to simply put it:

"A beast. Y'all are going to see what he brings this fall."

At 6'3, his length brings a lot of versatility to the field on defense. Torrence said he will play a big role on defense.
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On improving communication from last season:

Uses an example: If one player asks for a pencil, everyone raises their hand to offer a pencil.

Overall, Torrence says communication has improved, and that they feel way more confident as a unit.
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"Trey was a good reason on why I came to UF."

Dean's early success at UF played a big reason on why Torrence chose to be a Gator. A personal relationship that began before UF, Torrence paid attention to Trey's career, which made it easy for him to sign.
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That is it for Torrence, Bogle up now
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Bogle has gained a lot of weight since last year, says Mullen asked him to step up.

Also states that everyone on the D-line is back after being banged up.
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On the transition from high school to college and dealing with injuries: "It was tough, but nothing I couldn't handle. People still underestimate me, but that's part of life"
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On having a full crowd:

Bogle and the veterans have talked to last year's freshman and the newcomers about tricks on getting past the loud noise: hand signals, read lips, etc.
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"They have been pushing us to be better as a defense."

Emory Jones, Jacob Copeland, and the running back room have forced the defense to get better, and it is making them a better team overall.
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"He is one of a kind. Not every player can have what Diwun has."

Diwun Black has a lot of praise surrounding him.
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Adding to that, Bogle and Black have a personal relationship that extends past UF. They took a visit together, talked frequently while Black was in JUCO.

"He's my brother and will always be my brother."
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That concludes the press conference.

Overall, Diwun Black has a lot of praise from teammates and coaches. He is going to play a big role on the 2021 defense. Communication has grown as a unit to even in the film rooms.
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