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Anonymous Player Q&A: Thoughts on all 10 EE, off-season standouts and more

March 5, 2020
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This marks the ninth off-season in which Inside the Gators has interviewed an anonymous departing player in order for him to share his thoughts on an array of topics regarding Florida Gators football.

In the past we have conducted these far reaching interviews in late summer. We may still do one or two longer ones this year, but I also wanted to make a change in that I wanted to get some information on returning players and this segment of the off-season regime here before spring practice.

Therefore, over the next couple of weeks we'll be conducting shorter interviews with a couple of anonymous player in order to give our readers a better understanding of what is currently going on and some players they should be on the lookout for this spring.

As an aside, allowing a player to comment anonymously obviously has its benefits and downside. The goal of this feature is to give our readers an honest and freely expressive look at the Florida football team, but we also acknowledge the nature of anonymous comments and the stigma that can come with them.

NOTE: This is not a player who took part in the first three parts

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Can you give us some initial impressions you have on the 10 early entry signees.

* Jahari Rogers - I haven’t really seen him around as much as the other players. From what I've seen he is in good shape and works his butt off during agilities. 

* Issiah Walker - From what I've seen he isn't that strong yet, but he does have a good work ethic and he has a good motor.

Ethan Pouncey - He is still recovering from an injury that he had surgery on so it's hard to say what he is capable of doing because right now he doesn't do as much as everyone else.

* Antwaun Powell - If you want my pick for early playing time, it would be Antwaun. What has stood out about him is that he is strong, he already has one of the best squats on the team and for his size he has really good agility.

* Anthony Richardson - He’s a real athlete, maybe the best one on the team. He could seriously play any position but the offensive line. You have seniors seeing what he is doing during agility drills and shaking their head. I honestly can’t wait to see what he does in the future.

* Joshua Braun - Big and strong. I haven’t seen him much in agility drills but he is a bull in the weight room.

* Lamar Goods - When you see him you don't expect it but he’s been great in team agilities. He gets after it for his size and he has lost some of his baby fat already. He isn't as strong strong as he is athletic for someone that big.

* Rashad Torrence II - He looks the same to me as he did when he got here. He's kind of blended in.

* Richie Leonard - Out of all of the freshmen I think he has lost the most weight. He has really slimmed down in his stomach area.

* Jeremy Crawshaw - Crawshaw is that dude. He’s a beast in the weight room and can kick the hell out of a ball. You don't know that much about him now but you will. He has a different personality and mindset than what you are used to seeing from punters.

Who are some of the real standouts of the first month and a half of offseason workouts?

I would look out for Jean Delance and Richard Gouraige. I think he feels the pressure of this being his last chance and maybe because Stone [Forsythe] has been coming on, but Delance has taken it to another level. G [Richard Gouriage] too.

The overall standout is Trevon Grimes. Coach [Dan] Mullen preaches to take every workout like it is the most important workout. You really want to do that but it's hard to get there when mentally you want to, but the body says no. Trevon is taking it like every minute is his last minute. He is a man on a mission. Some people are going to have their mind blown when they see what he looks like next year.

Is there anyone who is struggling?

I haven't seen it this year like I did the first year when there were so many players not used to the grind. Last year there were still a couple of players who were lagging behind, but not this year. I'm not pumping everyone up, but I don't see anyone who is really hurting and falling back during agilities and mat drills.

Who has really stepped up from last year leadership wise? 

[Trevon] Grimes is going to be a good leader. He was last year too - a little. He wasn't as vocal last year because of the senior receivers. This year he has been a total leader every day. On defense Kaiir Elam and Donovan Stiner are the leaders. Elam is young, but he still sets a good example and players follow him.

What do you think of transfers Lorenzo Lingard and Brenton Cox so far?

I think they need to be eligible as soon as possible because Zo [Lorenzo Lingard] has got something about him. If you took a vote by the players on who they really want to see go get it this spring he would win hands-down. He loves the strain and putting in the extra work.

Cox is a pretty quiet guy, he is kind of a 'to himself' guy, but he gets after it in our team workouts.

Specifically, what are your thoughts concerning some of the second year players?

* Mohamoud Diabate - I can tell he has definitely gotten stronger.

* Ethan White - He’s losing more and more body fat as the year goes on.

* William Harrod - I honestly have only seen him a couple times.

* Jaelin Humphries - Please don't overlook him. He is finally back 100% and he’s been doing very good this offseason.

* Tyron Hopper - He’ll definitely have an impact this season. He’s still not that big, but he can run and he's gotten much stronger as well.

* Lloyd Summerall - Lloyd has gotten 'swole', I think Gator Nation will see much more of him this season getting some time behind [Mohamoud] Diabate and [Jeremiah] Moon.

How will Florida, or will Florida, miss the three players who decided to transfer out?

* Chris Bleich - I don't want to say this but he got a raw deal from Florida and the fans. He got all kinds of criticism from fans because of the way he was playing but last year during winter workouts he tore something in his hips while he was lifting. Our staff never diagnosed it. They thought maybe he had a hernia. He had an MRI on his own back home and they found he tore the groin muscles from his pelvis bone. He loved Florida and still does today, but he and his family knew something was wrong, and they were mad that our medical staff never diagnosed that right and he played through it. I love our staff, and they do a great job, but I'm passionate because they messed up on him.

* Feleipe Franks - It's been good and bad. He was the most popular player on the team. Everyone loves him. He was one of us. He talks trash, has fun and made practices fun. I think the good part is Kyle [Trask] doesn't have to look over his shoulder. He can play more free because he doesn't have to worry about being replaced if he makes a mistake.

* Lucas Krull - As players we have our little groups by position or where we come from or color, but Lucas got along with everyone. He would be around black players and white players. He always came to every practice and workout ready to goo full speed. I don't think we will miss him that much though because we still have [Kyle] Pitts.

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As we do each off-season, we will of course have several more of these Q&A sessions throughtout the spring and summer

 
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