Florida's Spring Practice To-Do List
Of course, that march begins with spring practice which is set to get underway in Gainesville in a few weeks on March 19, and needless to say, head coach Will Muschamp has quite a few changes to make if he wants to remain with the Gators.
There's obviously a ton of pressure on Muschamp and his staff to get things turned around after a miserable 4-8 season, but with a solid returning core and a group of freshmen set to make an impact, this team should get back on the right track sooner rather than later.
So, with that in mind, let's take a look at what areas Muschamp and company must focus on during spring practice:
1. Get Jeff Driskel Back to Form
Even as bad as the Gators were at times last season, they certainly could have won more games had things been better at the quarterback position. Even though Tyler Murphy stepped into the role and played solid football at times, the offensive outlook for this team changed when Jeff Driskel suffered a season-ending injury against Tennessee.
Coming back from a broken leg is never easy, but Driskel will have help in terms of the offensive scheme as new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper brings a spread offense that should suit Driskel's strengths.
2. But Give Will Grier Plenty of Reps
Gator fans are intrigued by the possibilities that freshman quarterback Will Grier brings to the table, but they shouldn't expect to see him in a starting role just yet. Still, in a situation like Muschamp's where he is essentially fighting for his job, Florida needs to be prepared in case Driskel doesn't progress as expected following the injury.
Grier is a pro-style quarterback with a lot of tools at his disposal, and ultimately, he's the quarterback of the future. I wouldn't expect him to win the job over Driskel, but he needs to get a lot of time during the spring in Roper's scheme in order to have a chance to be successful once he does get on the field.
3. Rebuild the Secondary
Part of Florida's defensive problems last season had to do with the injury bug that swept through Gainesville. However, this unit still should have been better than it was. Sophomore Vernon Hargreaves is only returner in the secondary unit, meaning that the Gators will have players without a lot of experience on the field.
The good news, though, is that Muschamp's top-10 recruiting class features star cornerback Jalen Tabor, so the defensive staff won't have to look far to find a new playmaker.
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