With the end of spring football, the Florida Gators are one step closer to the 2014 college football season. The Gators capped off the spring with a successful Orange and Blue Debut on Saturday in front of approximately 35,834 fans. The game ended in a 23-23 tie inside The Swamp.
Fans received their first look at Kurt Roper’s new offense, which is a far cry from the ground and pound of the last few years. Roper molds his scheme around his players, and looks to get them in space where they can use their athleticism to make plays.
As is customary with Will Muschamp-coached defenses, the Gators are once again stacked on that side of the ball. The secondary got quite a bit younger, but has the potential to develop into one of the best units in the SEC, if not the entire country.
In a new feature, we’ve rounded up what everyone is talking about for the Gators. Following is the Twitter pulse and links from around the web that will satisfy your orange and blue thirst:
Grier is the prospect we thought he was. The freshman showed off a very quick release, velocity, and ability to move around.
#Gators freshman QB Will Grier just showing off now — good arm, good legs. You can see he’s a high-end prospect.
— Jeff Barlis (@JeffBarlisESPN) April 12, 2014
Will Grier throwing some lasers out there.
— Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) April 12, 2014
#Gators freshman QB Will Grier showing some velocity on his passes and some quickness to elude the rush as 3rd quarter winds down.
— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) April 12, 2014
- Jeff Driskel has grabbed secure hold of the No. 1 QB position, and is picking up Roper’s offense fast. Backups Skyler Mornhinweg and Will Grier are also coming along nicely.
- The running backs put in a fantastic performance on Saturday, and should be a strong unit in 2014.
- Wide receiver concerns may be a thing of the past. Depth is nice, and Roper is putting them in a position to make plays.
- Muschamp calls Saturday’s crowd in The Swamp the best he’s seen for a spring game since arriving on campus.
- Muschamp consulted with Archie Manning on Roper this offseason, mainly regarding his work developing Eli Manning into the No. 1 pick.
- Although it was a scrimmage, fans received their first look at an explosive offense for the first time in what seems like forever.