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Former Florida Player Feedback: 10 Observations

January 3, 2019

Former Florida defensive end Johnie Church (1992-1995) shares 10 observations on Florida football after the Gators 41-15 blowout victory over Michigan and the 2018 season in general.

1) I'll admit it, I was really nervous in the first quarter. Although, there wasn't any multiple scoring drives, I felt Michigan had a pulse and some early dominance on us on both sides of the ball. But, what's great about adequate coaching, is the ability to adjust and find wrinkles to start to make things go.

Former Florida Player Feedback: 10 Observations

948 Views | 5 Replies | Last: 11 mo ago by Gatorryder
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I like what you said about the placement of Dean and Burney. With how much Burney backed up CGJ this year and Deans size, I'd been saying leave Burney at STAR and make Dean a safety. But now that Dean has said coaches already told him he'd be the STAR, I assume they're thinking they can get some weight on him pretty easily for the position. If he's there, then i can't imagine a better spot for Burney then outside linebacker. He can play the run and still drop into coverage there if needed. It should be lethal.
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8) Man, Chip Kelly wasn't the answer, Scott Frost wasn't the answer, nor was Jon Gruden! It was Dan "Da Man" Mullen accepted to be the camel Gator Nation needed to cross the desert. Keep his canteen filled with water, because the trip is a long one.


I'm not sure what 2019 will look like, but I'm still soaking in back to back beat downs of FSU and Michigan!

I like his suggestion on Burney, moving him to LB, as I think that was a possibility when we recruited him. I think it was Safety or LB. If Dean can put on another 10-15 LBS, he would be perfect for the STAR position.

He got it right, the Offensive Line will be a huge question mark next year. I assume Heggie will get one of the starting spots, but not sure who else we can "expect" to see step up. I know there are a lot of names we can call out, but none that we can really just assume will get the spots because they did not see alot of the field. I think Heggie was about the only backup to see the field on a regular basis and even he was limited due to injury. Lot of work to do here, wonder if there are any grad transfers that they might be looking at to help bridge us to 2020.
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My guess is we will see production out of a couple of the redshirt linemen who've been in Hevesy's system and perhaps one or two of the freshmen early entries. With Savage and Hevesy, I feel pretty good we'll have a productive line again as the year progresses.
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I think Heggie and Forsythe are the 2 of the 4 probable starters on the OL
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Always enjoy these reports. They are so well written and a pleasure to read especially so with the improvement that the Gators made as the year progressed. Hopefully that will continue into 2019.
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