Florida football: Wednesday practice report, video of QBs and WRs – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Another unrevealing press conference with Jim McElwain was followed by another day of rotating a different quarterback through the early first-team reps at practice.
With that, dissecting Florida’s quarterback situation remains guesswork.
After Luke Del Rio led the first-team offense during the opening “fastball” period on Tuesday, Malik Zaire took the reins Wednesday.
In four plays, he threw incomplete downfield to Josh Hammond, who was well covered by freshman Marco Wilson, hit Brandon Powell on a quick screen, and had Hammond drop two nice passes.
Reporters were allowed to remain at practice for the first period of individual drills as well (see video below).
Earlier in the day, McElwain had preempted the array of quarterback-related questions by saying he was not ready to name a starter.
“You’re going to see a bunch of them in there playing,” he said. “I mean the three guys have done a really good job. … Will all of them play? I don’t know yet. Will a couple of them play? I don’t know yet. I know we will have somebody at the position.”
He later was asked what he still hoped to learn about Del Rio, Zaire and Feleipe Franks this late in the preseason, and he offered no clarity. If anything, his response provided more confusion.
“Like I said, I think they’re all going to play,” he said. “So, you know, we’ve got a lot more work against each other. We’ll see how some things kind of work out, especially in the option game and some of those type of things. And see kind of where that fits for some of those guys.”
It was McElwain’s last press conference until Monday, five days before the season opener against Michigan. So barring an announcement in the meantime, the biggest question