Napier: Phase II begins, Toney to call defensive plays

Feb 11, 2022 | 0 comments


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As Phase Two begins Friday for the Florida Gators, head coach Billy Napier took to the podium and spoke to the media earlier today.

Here are the highlights.

  • With the ‘Identity’ Phase beginning this afternoon, Napier defined ‘Identity’ as “the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or a group different than others.” This new phase for the Gators will involve 25 days of building structure and self-disciple in the program. Players will go through “designed difficulty” where the staff will introduce adversity and provide the athletes with the tools to overcome the struggles. He wouldn’t give any specifics on what the players will experience and do but said the emphasis is on “Discipline, effort, and toughness.”
  • 247 Sports named Napier and his staff as the best among the newly hired staff in the country. Napier said their opinion and rankings don’t matter. He said sites are subjective and will be the same people talking bad about him when the team loses. Napier said the true strength of his staff will be seen when the season starts.
  • Co-Defensive Coordinator Patrick Toney will call the plays for the defense, according to Napier. Toney’s counterpart, Sean Spencer, will still play a huge role on the defensive side of the ball. Napier said Spencer “veteran coach” who has lots of experience from his stops at the college and NFL level.
  • Napier had huge admiration for the final addition to Florida’s 2022 class via what he described as a “unique athlete” in Arlis Boardingham. “If you watch the tape closely, he’s really paying receiver, he’s playing the inside backer, the outside backer. He was 6-foot-3 1/4, 235 [pounds] on the visit,” Napier said. He highlighted Boardingham’s speed and running potential in what Napier dubbed a “mismatch type of player.” Napier added that Boardingham can be expected to play at various positions on offense.
  • Napier closed looking ahead on the year. Learning the new staff, implementing advanced workouts, and identifying leaders within the team; Napier has methodically given new life to a Florida program that looks to bring a designed success to Ben Hill Griffin.
  • As for Napier Himself, he walked off the podium having skillfully kept the details of his plans for the program from the media. He even walked off refusing to give a Super Bowl prediction but did say his family has finally settled in and is sleeping in their own beds “for the first time in a long time.”

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WCC: Updates on everything Billy Napier had to say can be seen HERE.

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