4/7 Live from Spring Football Practice

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Here's a look at positional drills from today's spring football practice.

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William Peagler is here, says he is losing his voice from yelling positive energy
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On Keon Zipperer: Says there's a narrative out there that he's more of a receiving tight end, but he's much more than that. However, he still needs to improve. Also said that today was his best day of practice
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On Napier's famous 12-personnel (2 TE set): says a lot of teams like to bunch, but says it's a chance to spread guys out and air it out
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On Jonathan Odom and Nick Elksnis, who are both injured:
"Odom is probably the most intelligent football-wise." Says that Odom can be a deep threat when he's on the field.
Adds that Elksnis' best day was the day before he got hurt.
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On his time with Napier at Clemson: "That's probably the reason I'm here."

Said Napier didn't have to take a chance, but he did anyways.
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On the freshmen tight ends coming in: Says he doesn't like to place expectations on them early, but he's excited about the talent they have and what they can do once they're on campus
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On using Kyle Pitts as an example: Says he's hard to replicate because there's only one in the world. Adds that you can use Pitts as a recruiting advantage, but it's hard because he's "a unicorn"
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On Diwun Black: says he's seen him make a lot of plays on the other side. He's made a few good tackles and a couple interceptions. Adds that he stood out during the Identity part of the offseason
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Coach is done, Rashad Torrence II is up next
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Rashad Torrence II is here: Says the game is slowing down more now that he's a veteran
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On Trey Dean: says their relationship is growing every day and they have the ability to be a dynamic duo at the position. Says it's clear they are the leaders of the group
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On Kamari Wilson: says he's developing well as an early-enrollee and says he's excited to see what he can do on Thursday for the spring game. Wilson has been in a non-contact jersey, but Torrence II makes it sound like he'll play.
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On Patrick Toney's defense: says it's simplified and gives every player on the field opportunities to make plays
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On the new food and parking: says the food is way better, his favorite meal is fried chicken tenders and Mac and cheese. Adds that the parking situation is a headache taken away
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On the wide receivers: Says Xzavier Henderson and Justin Shorter have been difficult to cover on the outside. At the slot, says Trent Whittemore and Daejon Reynolds stand out the most
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On Kamar Wilcoxson: Says he felt like he had something to prove after is injury, but he's proving he should be a Gator this spring

Torrence II is done, Tre'Vez Johnson is next
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Johnson is here: Johnson says he's still at the STAR position, where DC Patrick Toney is the primary coach
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Johnson says he's trying to improve every side of his game this offseason, not just one part
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On the player experience under the new staff: says the energy in the facility is completely different and improved. Says everything is more fun, and it makes it more fun when the coaches seem to want to be here
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On the bus rides to the practice field: "I know the big boys enjoy it for sure."

Says it helps a bit to keep their legs fresh
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Johnson says he did research on the new staff when they were hired and says he could genuinely tell Napier cares about his players

Says it was proven when Napier came in and changed parking right away.

"We just had to buy in"
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Johnson said he's way more confident and comfortable at the STAR than he was last season.

On Diwun Black playing ILB: "he can play anywhere"
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More praise for the new staff: Says that performance on the field directly correlates to the player experience. Says everyone is energized and excited to play.
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On the slot receivers: Says Whittemore and Reynolds can catch anything, while Fenley Graham Jr continues to make plays
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Johnson is done
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Vernell Brown is meeting with the media in the IPF:
On new parking:
"When I think of the money I spent when I was here… I was in my feelings a little bit"
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On being retained by Napier: Says his parents taught him to be unselfish and put others first, which he carries into his job. Says he and Napier talked about that when he was hired
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On the coaching transition: says the transition is very similar from when Zook was fired and Meyer came in. Points out guys in both transitions were apprehensive at first, but bought in.

Says Meyer and Napier both preached accountability.

When asked if Napier is going to recruit like Meyer: "I'm excited in the direction we're hearing."
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