photo (from left to right): Lorenzo Lingard, Jabbar Juluke and Trevor Etienne; credit: zach goodall
Another rainy day in Gainesville had the Florida Gators at their indoor practice facility for the fifth practice of fall 2022 camp, their third straight day at the complex.
You can find the alligator sightings from the media viewing practice portion below, as well as our notebooks for each day of camp so far this year. Since day three, we have hedged positions individually to maximize the viewing window, with Monday’s focus on the Cayman runners.
- day one: offense
- day two: defense
- day three: wide receivers
- day four: linebackers
focusing on the corridors
The only running drill in the media viewing window was a fast break where runners practiced their footwork in tight spaces: navigating bags on the ground with two steps required in each of the first four spaces (from a total of seven slots), the level of his pad when going down a small ramp, and his ability to bounce off contact hitting a tackling dummy immediately after going down the ramp.
algators was able to watch each runner complete the exercise once. we would rank each of the four fellows’ representatives in this exercise as follows: freshman trevor etienne, junior lorenzo lingard, sophomore year montrell johnson and red shirt sophomore nay’quan wright.
etienne executed the drill to perfection, taking all his steps without touching any bags, clearing the chute and dropping the bag to the ground. Lingard’s left foot touched the first bag, but he didn’t let that stop him, navigating the rest to perfection, clearing the ramp and hitting the hardest bag of the bunch.
johnson’s reputation was solid, although the navigation test at the beginning of the drill was not his strong point, as it took him longer to clear the first three bags than the other backs. he also could have made better contact with the bag to shake off the tackler. wright had two missteps in the double step spaces with three steps in one space followed by one step in the next, then his helmet hit the ramp and he took it off of him without much force. As a result, Wright was asked to remake his rep.
You can find a clip of every four backs in this exercise in the clip of the day section below.
Otherwise, most running back training media you could see revolved around the passing game. the unit executed swing routes from the backfield and curl routes while lining up at the outside receiver when the media first entered the facility.
swing paths were on control reads, which delayed the pass after runners settled on their break, making it difficult to identify standout reps. However, Johnson ran a sharp curved route and caught his pass, notably.
After the running drill, the running backs began working on pass protection, facing two “running backs” while working on hand placement and hitting power, as well as pad and ball level. leverage creation.
once again, etienne excelled in this drill, displaying the lowest center of gravity of the group and responding to bags with a hard strike and proper hand placement. This may come as a surprise as Etienne was not overly involved in the passing game during his high school career.
reps from johnson and lingard were also good, although the former’s hand placement and the latter’s pad level were a bit too high at one point.
wright’s height gives him natural leverage and good cushioning, but his hand placement could also use some improvement. In one replay, Wright’s hands were knocked back from attacking the bag too low, and in another, he immediately exposed his chest by aiming too high, also causing him to lose his grip.
Now, it should be noted that Wright is still comfortable after suffering a broken ankle at the end of the 2021 season, which kept him out of most spring practices as well as the spring game. . he’s the most proven back of the bunch in an orange and blue uniform, and he just seems to have rust that he needs to shake off.
Below are the players who were seen wearing contactless jerseys during the media viewing portion of practice. an asterisk indicates the player worked off to the side rather than on the field. This list does not include quarterbacks, as they must wear non-contact jerseys at all times.
- te jonathan odom
- otrichard gouraige*
- detyreak sapp*
gouraige returned to practice on Monday after being absent during Sunday’s media viewing portion of practice. he spent time with the offensive line and wore pads, but didn’t participate in any drills that we could see.
monday was the first time we saw sapp in a contactless shirt, as he had participated in practice every day before. he worked out to the side with a coach and other players who didn’t practice during the window.
Also, safety Rashad Torrence II was seen working off to the side with a trainer despite wearing his standard blue jersey. he did not participate in any drills during the open window.
The same could be said for kicker trey smack, who wore a standard white jersey for the second day in a row after starting camp in a no-contact jersey. however, smack also worked on the sidelines, watching practice and temporarily riding a stationary bike.
cornerback jaydon hill, who has yet to practice this fall as he recovers from an undisclosed off-season injury, was seen riding a stationary bike and doing some conditioning in a t-shirt and pants shorts near sapp and torrence .
clip of the day
Our clip of the day was mentioned above, featuring the Caymans’ top four projected runners doing their only running drill of the day.
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