FLORIDA FOOTBALL & RECRUITING COVERAGE
- Former Florida Football Player Roundtable I
- Florida has been recruiting Moore for more than two years
- Redshirt Report: Where size, physicality and work ethic meet
- Class of 2020 Redshirt Reports
- Great Eight Signees
- Florida is getting two 'player's coaches' in McGriff and Montinar
- Anonymous Player Q&A II: Thoughts on the true freshmen
- On the Mark: Is the recruiting tide turning for Florida at IMG Academy
- Where are they Now: Shane Matthews talks Florida Football
Quarterback Anthony Richardson, tight end Kemore Gamble, and offensive guard Stewart Reese spoke with the media Tuesday evening about the first two weeks of spring ball and more.
Here are the highlights:
- The spring’s been pretty chill and going good so far. He has more confidence coming in. He didn't have a spring last year and had to go straight into fall with practice. Now this year he has a chance to compete.
- He said his role is just to be a good teammate to Emory Jones. Jones is the more experienced quarterback but they still want it to be a competition.
- Richardson met Garrick McGee last fall while he was on the staff as an analyst. He taught Richardson how to read a defense. He learned while on campus so far just to keep fighting and let things happen.
- Mullen's message to the backups is to be ready because you never know when your time will come. He lets everyone know what their role is and just stay ready.
- COVID-19 affecting the season was challenging because he didn't get to finish his senior year of high school to early enroll at UF. Missing out on spring took a toll because he wasn't able to learn what he needed.
- Richardson said he feels pretty confident with the offense. It's all the same stuff but there are little tweaks. He's just trying to keep his pace with it.
- Freshmen quarterbacks Carlos Del Rio-Wilson and Jalen Kitna are pretty smart. They're lucky because they get a spring as freshmen. They're learning and processing a lot plus taking things and applying it to practice.
- Kyle Trask taught him how to keep his poise. You're the quarterback and leader of the team. You can’t be doing too fast or being too frantic.
- Richardson is working on his passing accuracy and understanding defenses more. Everyone knows about the legs but he wants to improve how he throws. He's learned a lot from watching Jones and Trask.
- Gamble said the biggest thing he learned from Kyle Pitts was his route running. Pitts is always using his speed and length to his advantage. He echoes what others have said about the tight ends. Nobody's trying to be like Pitts. They're trying to do what they're good at.
- He said he’s more of a finesse guy. He's good at the passing game but he's weak when it comes to playing [blocking] in the running game. Right now, the motto for this season for the TEs is "be the hammer, not the nail."
- According to Gamble, he's not amazed COVID-19 is still around. It'll still be here for years. The big challenge of the shutdown was isolation and not being able to bond with teammates.
- Gamble loves Jonathan Odom. He works hard and tries to model his game after the other tight ends.
- It’s more installation than changing the offense itself. People keep talking about the offense switching more to a run game but he actually considers Emory Jones more of a pass-first quarterback.
- They call Nick Elksnis "Country Boy” because he always sends messages of him in the woods. He's a tough guy and not easy to get down. He makes every catch and learns fast. Elksnis might have a chance to get time this fall.
- He was ecstatic when they told him players received an extra year of eligibility. He spoke with his family about it. Couldn't be happier to be back. All he was worried about was getting back with Mullen.
- He's happy to be back around his brother, David. It was a big part of his transfer but he was more worried about being around a staff and system he knew.
- Reese said "I get in where I fit in” when it comes to where he comes in along the offensive line. One of the things Mullen and John Hevesy emphasize is versatility. He'll even line up at slot.
- One of his goals is to become one. He wants to be an anesthesiologist. He used to watch shows of doctors working and his brother is in the medical field. He's always been fascinated with it. It'll be a while before he becomes Dr. Stew though.
- There's a method to Hevesy’s madness because there will be times he puts guys in uncomfortable positions. He puts players in positions that prepare them for the game. He’s always in players’ ears and down their throats to make practice as hard as possible so it's easier when game time comes.
- On what he worries about when comes to COVID-19: The medical staff does all it can to make sure the players are healthy. He isn't worried about it all. Naturally, it would weigh on people's minds. Obviously, everyone's worried about their family getting sick but it doesn't affect the players to a significant extent. Plus, they're not the only athletes on campus.
- Reese said he was on spring break down at Fort Pierce, Florida while at Mississippi State when the shutdown happened. He was home and then four months later at the University of Florida.
- Josh Braun and Ethan White have stood out to Reese. Braun filled in for him and there was no drop-off. They're doing good in practice and getting better every day. A lot of the younger guys are fighting to get a job but those two specifically are doing well.
- On potentially switching to a running attack: It's fun run blocking. Jones reminds him of his other quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. They're both athletic whereas Kyle Trask was more of a pocket passer. Jones and Fitzgerald are both dual-threat quarterbacks who can make defenses worry.
- Right now Reese is working on his master's in hospitality. The extra year gave him more time to do so. And that helps him move one step closer to his ultimate goal. He knows any day could be his last day playing football.