Redshirt Report: Despite a redshirt snafu, Elksnis has found a sweet spot in terms of size, strength and speed

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    Mark Wheeler
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    Tight end Nick Elksnis’ early journey as a Florida Gator has been unconventional, to say the least. As a true freshman, Elksnis saw early playing time
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    #17278
    Fun & Gun
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    Coaches were so checked out they couldn’t monitor how many games players payed in.

    Good riddance Mullen and it shows why Brewster couldn’t get a job as a coach.

    #17428
    OrangeandBlue
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    Lang and Zipperer are starting?

    Lang was just a backup DL.

    We lack talent at TE and WR.

    #17430
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    Zanders (previously Lang) was originally a tight end before moving to defensive line before the 2020 season due to being behind on the depth chart (was behind Pitts, Gamble and Zipperer with Odom coming in as a true freshman) and lack of depth on the defensive end spot.

    It had been two years since moving back to his original spot, so there are growing pains, but he did look solid in the few spring practice sessions we were allowed to watch.

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by Cam Parker.
    #17489
    Dan the Man
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    Who is the most like Pitts out of our tight ends?

    #17547
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    As crazy as this may sound, I’m keeping my eye on Arlis Boardingham. Keep in mind, no one will ever replicate what Pitts brought to the 2019 and 2020 offenses. He was truly a generational talent.

    Size-wise, Elksnis is the closest to Pitts, but he’s more of that natural TE. Pitts was an athlete (unicorn as the previous coaching staff put it). Boardingham most replicates that combination receiver/athlete/tight end that Pitts was (he was listed as an athlete on the recruiting sites), while the other tight ends fighting for playing time (Elksnis, Zipperer, Zanders and Odom) look like your traditional tight ends. Size-wise, Boardingham’s height and weight varies by each site with some saying he’s as tall as 6’5″, but UF has him listed at 6’3″.

    Boardingham was not enrolled in spring, so we’ll have to wait until fall to see how he looks so far, but Elksnsis’ father told me that Nick has been impressed by him so far.

    Overall, the tight end room should be a strength this year despite the lack of experience, especially since Napier loves running two tight end sets.

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