Football season has finally returned, the Florida Gators report to their first day of fall camp Friday morning. It’s an exciting weekend for the Gators as they also host their annual Friday Night Lights camp for the nations top high school recruits. The team reports to fall camp a few weeks early due to their week zero matchup against the Miami Hurricanes. It looks to be a exciting season for head coach Dan Mullen who looks to capitalize off his 10-3 2018 season, but before camp begins let’s preview a few offensive headlines for fall camp.
The offensive looks to continue their success coming off last season. With Feleipe Franks being the clear-cut starter the offense looks to pick up where they left off. Franks turned his play around the last five games finishing the season with eight touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a above sixty percent completion percentage. The offense will hit their full potential as his play continues to get better, if Franks can have a big season the NFL might be his next move. There’s no quarterback competition, but eyes will be focused in on Emory Jones. Jones had a great spring and the offensive staff will be monitoring his fall reps, look for Emory to have a significant role in this years offense.
Lamical Perine headlines the backfield with Damien Pierce and Malik Davis being the backups. Perine is coming off his best season as a Gator and is poised to have a phenomenal senior year. Pierce showed glimpses of being a premier SEC running back, but recieved less carries as the season went on due to ball security. As for Davis he missed majority of the 2018 season due to injury, Davis is now 100% and looks to bounce back to his freshman campaign.
The biggest question going into fall camp on the offensive side of the ball is the offensive line. The offensive line lost four players last year due to graduation, and the draft. Most importantly Florida lost both of their starting tackles (Ivey and Taylor). There will be new faces on the line, however the group brings back their starting center Nick Buchanan, and their rotational left guard Brett Heggie. The left tackle position will possibly be filled by Stone Forsythe, and the right tackle position should be filled by former Texas transfer Jean Delance. The right guard position will be a test with players such as Chris Bleich and Noah Banks competing for the starting spot. The line looks to be a solid bunch, however the test will be to stay healthy due to depth concerns.
Arguably the best position group of the team and one of the best in college football, the receiving core looks to be the difference makers for this years football team. Van Jefferson and Trevon Grimes headline the group with Tyrie Cleveland, and Freddie Swain being the rotational outside receivers. The group also has a talented slot position group, Josh “hot sauce” Hammond and the “human joystick” himself Kadarius Toney cap off the position. Also the group has former four star wideout Jacob Copeland for rotational use as well. This group is extremely talented and has the potential to have a phenomenal season.
An underrated group in this years offense in my opinion has to be the tight end group. The group lost a few senior leadership in Cyontai Lewis, and Moral Stephens but still houses talent. Kyle Pitts looks to be matchup problem for opposing defensives with his fluid route running and his top end speed. Kemore Gamble and Lucus Krull look to be the traditional tight ends in this years offense. Dante Lang and freshman Keon Zipperer will be used as the H backs/TEs.
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