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Gators Notebook: Coach Will Muschamp praises Florida's receivers

Posted: March 25, 2014 - 9:18pm  |  Updated: March 25, 2014 - 10:05pm
The Times-Union
Gators coach Will Muschamp called his receivers the most talented he’s had in four seasons.

GAINESVILLE — Quinton Dunbar tweeted two words on Dec. 3 that the Gators faithful had been waiting to read: “spread offense.”

Coach Will Muschamp hired offensive coordinator Kurt Roper three weeks later to open up the struggling unit. Through four spring practices, the Gators’ receivers have put the spread to work. Muschamp called his receivers the most talented he’s had in four seasons.

“We’ve got six guys right there that have repped pretty well for us at the position that you can roll in and out,” Muschamp said Tuesday. “Our base personnel grouping will be some form of three wides, whether it’s two backs and three wides or one back and a tight end.”

Latroy Pittman and Valdez Showers have worked at the slot position , and Dunbar, Ahmad Fulwood and Demarcus Robinson have been featured at the outside spots.

Senior safety steps up

Jabari Gorman has played behind the likes of Matt Elam, Josh Evans and Jaylen Watkins. Now the senior from Miami will work to fill the void left by Watkins and Cody Riggs, who transferred to Notre Dame in February.

Gorman sits at the top of the depth chart with Marcus Maye needing improved technique, Keanu Neal nursing a hamstring injury and Nick Washington coming off season-ending shoulder surgery. Gorman intercepted quarterback Jeff Driskel on Sunday and had 48 tackles and an interception in 2013.

“Jabari’s very smart. He’s a guy that gets it. He understands and learns well. He’s seen the game,” Muschamp said.

Ball out for spring

Linebacker Neiron Ball will miss the rest of spring due to a sprained MCL. The redshirt senior linebacker was one of three players, along with Chaz Green and Mark Herndon, Muschamp recognized for their offseason training.

Defensive end Jordan Sherit hyperextended his elbow over the weekend and should be back Monday. He wore a non-contact orange jersey Sunday. Guard Roderick Johnson is expected back Friday after not practicing due to a head injury, and defensive tackle Darious Cummings missed several practices to be with his father, who underwent a health procedure.

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olgator 03/26/14 - 02:38 pm
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I'll always root for the

I'll always root for the gators but if muschamp craps the bed again that would be preferable to 7 wins, offense still finding itself kind of season that might keep him here another nightmare year. I prefer an offensive head coach like Sprurrier who loves drawing up attack plans upon his opponents. Specially georgia

Davethecaveman 03/26/14 - 11:50 am

Not sure what this upcoming

Not sure what this upcoming Gator Football season is going to bring. Just hope we win the games we are suppose to and maybe at least one we are not. That would be a great come back year that would save Muschamp's job. If not , Foley will have no recourse but to pull a Ron Zook on him. This is going to be an interesting season. I sure would like to see this Will Greer play.

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