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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

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

4,949 Views | 12 Replies | Last: 15 days ago by upstateg8tor
SFFLORIDAFAN
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That is bringing the heat.

This is the best one so far.

What happened to Bliech is wrong and I hope our coaches manned up and told him that and they worked to fix that problem. He had so many fans on him that need to apologize to him too.
From the Swamp
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Wheeler didn't you have Goods as overrated?

Do you want to backtrack on that?

Good job by the staff and the player. It's great news to see about Lingard.
deathtostatic
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The comments about Bliech aren't good. How do these medical issues go undiagnosed with all of the resources we have?
Mark Wheeler
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Back during the Towson game Bleich was beaten on back to back plays and I made some not so flattering comments about his play. That's not exactly a good look now after finding out about his injury.

As for the UF medical staff, though they go through extensive schooling, at the end of the day doctors are pretty much just making educated guesses on some things.

I have my own story here.

I went to two different doctors first a regular one, and then he referred me to a urologist - for them to treat me for everything from a UTI, to an STD, to a prostate issue, to potential cancer because they saw traces of blood in my urine.

Finally, three days before I was to go get an MRI (you don't want to know where they enter your body for that procedure) I passed a kidney stone. Something that multiple visits to two different doctors never even ame up as a possibility.

Look at the NFL Combine. They found multiple players who had been playing with injuries because they take testing to another level there - likely something colleges can't afford to do.
Mark Wheeler
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From the Swamp said:

Wheeler didn't you have Goods as overrated?

Do you want to backtrack on that?

Good job by the staff and the player. It's great news to see about Lingard.
On my Buy, Sell or Hold on the 2020 Signees I did have him as a Sell because I didn't think he looked great against suspect competition as a senior. If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to admit it. However, while this report was good news, I don't know if that really closes the book on how he is going to perform.
Jtkeat18
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Great questions in this one! Loved hearing about the younger players. Bummer on Bleich. After hearing about this and Jefferson I hope staff is pressured to slow down and really help the players get as healthy as possible. We are one of the top medical schools in the country, right? Let's take care of our own.
1bigg8rindade
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All of these have been great but I love hearing about the new kids. If Goods and Powell and play with Dexter our o-line is going to be scary good.

Do you think we can we move Richardson around this year while we wait for him to be the fulltime quarterback?
SwampMagic
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All parts of these this year have been great to read.

Thank you for doing them again and thanks to the players who do it.

My question is how does a player not see another player that much? They are all on the same team.
Mark Wheeler
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SwampMagic said:

All parts of these this year have been great to read.

Thank you for doing them again and thanks to the players who do it.

My question is how does a player not see another player that much? They are all on the same team.
It's the same as working at a job with 110 employees spread out over different shifts. Sometimes the players work out as a team, sometimes it is in groups. There is no way you know the same things about or are able to keep up with all 110 of them.
UFChad14
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How can our doctors miss stuff like with Bleich and Jefferson had a foot injury they didn't know about but the NFL doctors found at the combine.

Do we need a upgrade that bad?

The players make enough money for the university that they should get the best health care possible.
Fun & Gun
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Humphries, Goods, Dexter, Powell, Bogle and Diabiate are going to make offenses miserable.
upstateg8tor
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He answered that.
...AND they get great medical care
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