Off a strong finish to 2018, there’s a lot of optimism for the Gators as they get set for year two under coach Dan Mullen. And the ending of the first phase of their preparation came Saturday with their “Orange and Blue” Spring game.
The Gators football Twitter handle put together an excellent montage’ reviewing some of the bright spots in the over glorified practice scrimmage:
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) April 13, 2019
However, as much as you can read into it, quarterback Feleipe Franks did look solid during his time out there, save for the one interception return for a touchdown shown above.
He is expected to be challenged some by dual-threat Reserve quarterback, Emory Jones, who also looked good in Gainesville on Saturday afternoon.
And, it was fitting that the Gators recognized a couple of their former greats during the action with defensive back Leo Shepherd returning a gift pass from Frank’s for a pick-6 that got a rise out of the crowd.
Former standout receiver Chris Doering still has one of the most memorable Gator moments of the last 50 years, when he caught the winning touchdown pass with no time left from Danny Wuerffel in the 1993 game at Kentucky. And Doering, also got into the act starting with a 30 yard head start and catching a wide-open pass, then racing to the end zone
“I think that our players work hard. We demand a lot out of them and we push them in the offseason and in practice, so we let [this game] be more of a celebration day for them to have fun in front of family and friends,” Mullen said. “Plus, we want to make it a festive activity. I want to make it a lot of fun for the campus.”
The Gators are already preparing to play a week earlier this fall against the University of Miami on August 24th in a prime-time showdown at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
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