Reporter roundtable: Closing the door on Florida football's fall camp – SECcountry.com
On Thursday, it was quarterbacks. SEC Country’s Florida writers Zach Abovlerdi, Jordan McPherson and Ryan Young gave their predictions as to who they think will take the first snap against Michigan on Sept. 2.
Now it’s time to talk about the rest of the team. McPherson and Young tackle some of the top questions surrounding the Gators as they shift their attention to the Wolverines and the 2017 season.
1. What were your top three takeaways from fall camp?
RY: First, I’m impressed with how quickly the freshman defensive backs have come along. Gators coach Jim McElwain has had positive things to say about all six, and Marco Wilson and Shawn Davis look like immediate impact guys. Second, obviously I’m with most people who are surprised this is still a three-man QB race. I think Feleipe Franks and Luke Del Rio surprised the coaches this month. And third, I’d be really concerned about the linebacker depth. Kylan Johnson has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, freshmen Ventrell Miller and James Houston are suspended for the opener, and Miller managed to get himself into even more off-field trouble beyond that. I don’t know that the Gators can weather a major injury at linebacker like they had to do last season.
JM: My initial takeaway is how capable the first-team defense looks top to bottom. The Gators lost so many valuable pieces from last season — Jalen Tabor, Quincy Wilson, Marcus Maye, Alex Anzalone, Jarrad Davis, Joey Ivie, Caleb Brantley, Bryan Cox — but a lot of young players have stepped up. Like you, Ryan, I’m also surprised that the quarterback competition is still a three-person race. I thought (well, hoped) that a starter would have been named by now, but it looks like this could drag into the season. And third,