Spurrier: UF will be fine without spring practice

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    Steve Spurrier on why Florida football will be fine without spring practice

    Steve Spurrier on why Florida football will be fine without spring practice

    GAINESVILLE — Had basically the entire sports world, including spring football, been shuttered two years ago like it is now, it would have been problematic for Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators.

    Now, not so much.

    That is the learned opinion of someone who would know — legendary former Florida player and coach Steve Spurrier, who now is an ambassador for the athletic department and school.

    Spurrier said a spring without football — which is where we’re headed — would have only a minimal impact on the Gators.

    “I think so,” he said. “We’ll be fine if we don’t get to spring practice a bunch.

    “Right now, Dan Mullen is going on his third year. We’re not going to have a different offense. Todd Grantham has been here going on three years. We’re not going to run a new defense.

    “These guys can learn most of the stuff. … the freshmen can learn it in the classroom. Maybe just going out and throwing the ball amongst themselves and things like that.”

    It’s a much different story for Steve Spurrier Jr.’s team. He’s on the new coaching staff at Mississippi State, where Mike Leach was hired as the head coach two months ago.

    Not having spring football will be problematic for the Bulldogs and other schools around the country who have new coaches and are installing new schemes and philosophies, Spurrier said.

    “It all depends if your coaching staff has been there before or not,” he said. “A new coaching staff like Mike Leach at Mississippi State, some of those (new coaches), they could really use it.

    “We’ll be fine (at UF) if we don’t get to spring practice a whole bunch. Whereas, the schools that have new coaches probably could really use it.”

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    Steve Spurrier took advantage of his first spring practice in 1990 to set in motion the start of his dynasty in Gainesville. (Photo: File photo)


    Spurrier speaks from experience. He knows how vital a first spring practice is for a new coaching staff. He’s gone through three of them — at Duke, Florida and South Carolina.

    When he first returned to his alma mater to take over in 1990, Spurrier knew all about the school and the traditions of Gator football. But he didn’t know the players yet and they didn’t know him.

    He entered his first spring in Gainesville having no idea who his quarterback was going to be. The situation would have remained the same heading into preseason camp if there had been no spring practice.

    But there was spring practice, and that’s where Spurrier found his guy — sophomore Shane Matthews, who would go on to be a first-team All-SEC performer for three consecutive years.

    “Going back to my experience in 1990, obviously we had a new staff coming in,” Spurrier said. “We had five quarterback competing for the starting job. And the guy who lined up at No. 5 the first day became the SEC player of the year (in 1990).

    “Spring practice was pretty good for him, wouldn’t you say?”

    It was. Especially the spring game itself.

    “He went out there and threw three touchdown passes, completed eight of 11 passes,” Spurrier said. “Hell, he could play. We didn’t know he could play like that until he got a chance.”

    UF’s current quarterback situation is much different. Senior Kyle Trask is the established starter. But this was expected to be an important spring for the two quarterbacks who are developing behind him — Emory Jones and true freshman Anthony Richardson.

    “As far as the quarterback competition behind Kyle, or to see if anyone can beat him out, they’ll have the preseason to figure that out,” Spurrier said.

    In the meantime, with no spring football, Mullen and the Gators likely have already put themselves in summer mode, Spurrier said.

    “Coaches can give them what to do in workouts,” he said. “Coaches can give them a little summer plan, ‘Hey, you’re on your own, I can’t watch. How bad do you want it?’

    “I’ve given the quarterbacks a whole list of things to do every time they worked out. A whole bunch of things, a lot of drills and this, that and the other. When the season rolled around, they’re usually ready to go, the ones that really want it.”

    A spring without football might not be all that bad for the Gators.

    “I think we’ll be fine because our staff has been here two years now,” Spurrier said.

     
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      Where the hell did the last 30 go?

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        I hate seeing him grow old. He was younger than I am now when he started at UF (I was 20 years old during the 1990 season).
         
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          I had that shirt. Pic and Save sold his brand............i miss it
           
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            Inevitable. Gotta go with the flo.
             
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            But you know which team needs spring ball to install their new system but won’t be able to...and are hopefully fcvked even more than they were? The SOW. I love it!

            :bwahaha:
             
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              uga with a new QB and completely new OL is also pretty fvkked.

              We're pretty well off. I'm guessing the top 3 spots we'd want veterans based on scheme would be QB, OL and safety and we're very experienced in all 3. The skill guys will still work so we'll be fine there. A little concern with handoffs for whoever is #2, but chance that guy wasn't going to be on campus anyway. Kinda would have been a good year to have a big 1st game.
               
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                Agreed we are in a pretty good spot. One thing that we won't have to worry about are injuries. Not sure how many or much Mullen would "spell" veterans. At least no one will injure themselves blocking a dummy. Hope they all stay safe and behave in this extended off season. UF will be in better shape not having Spring Ball than most.
                 
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                  QB's can practice timing routes with the receivers on their own. Trask was already pretty impressive in throwing to the spot before the receiver broke, (especially compared to Franks who almost always waited until the receiver was open). So that aspect should only get better, which is great, because as we saw from last season, if we can't get the running game going, We can air it out confidently now. And I really enjoyed seeing a passing game !! Hopefully Mullen matured enough and it opened his eyes to move out of his comfort zone permanently. Sideways offense will still be there, but we should be able to mix it up a lot more.
                   
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                    Mullen is chomping at the bit to get AR in there to run what he brung. He will make adjustments again this year for Trask though..
                     
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                    As long as we’re undefeated next year by the time this virus comes back in the fall, and they cancel the rest of football season. We can just claim it as a Natty title, with the other 12 undefeated teams at the time. Lol
                     
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                    No Schyt! Can’t wrap my head around how long it’s been.
                     
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                      Me too. 20 years old and lived for those Fall Saturdays.
                       
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                        I think having the cupcake 1st game back on the schedule helps also. We'll, in effect, get a preseason game. And if you actually look, outside of UT, the first 5 games are soft.
                         
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                        Yeah, because beating Kentucky has been a breeze the last few years.

                        I do agree having the cupcake game 1 is very beneficial.
                         
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                        I actually thought about that when writing my post. UK has given us way more problems than UT has lately. But I expect UK to fall back to earth a little bit. And I think UT will be our toughest test out of the first 5. Although I don't think UT will be all that tough either.
                         
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                        When we have lost 7 of the last 8 quarters to Kintucky, we cant consider them "soft" at least by Mullinzball standards.
                         
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                          VERY surprised this wasn't 12 of 14 from you. Thank God LDR called that play where Kentucky didn't guard the receiver in '17 (SwampGas believes that, trust me).

                          Also, as people are talking about the age they were when Spurrier arrived, well, I was 3.
                           
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                            Very appropriate for this thread:

                             
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                              You missed a lot of entertaining football. To witness the unveiling of the Fun n Gun was amazing. Watching SOS dismantle the SEC and exorcise several demons (that haunted the program for decades) so quickly, it was the ultimate Gator Football fantasy.

                               

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