Three things to watch in tonight's Florida Gators spring football game
The Florida Gators have their annual spring game tonight. Here are three things I'll be paying extra attention to:
1. Quarterbacks. People forget this, but the Gators haven't done particularly well at the position since Tim Tebow left for the NFL. With Luke Del Rio (shoulder) out, redshirt freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask are battling for the starting job this spring. Franks did not fare well in this game last year; he threw three interceptions in his first three drives. He'll try to rebound from that and establish himself as the leading option heading into the summer.
2. Defensive linemen. UF must replace three key, NFL-bound contributors - Caleb Brantley, Joey Ivie and Bryan Cox Jr. CeCe Jefferson returns as a proven commodity, but he needs help. Three players to keep an eye on are Jabari Zuniga, Taven Bryan and Antonneous Clayton as the Gators try to reload one of the nation's top defenses.
3. New players. I don't know what we'll see from Kadarius Toney, but the Gators have been raving about his potential. I expect him to make an impact in some way this fall, likely as a change-of-pace quarterback in certain packages. UF has also been high on another early enrollee, tight end Kemore Gamble. The Miami native is a four-star recruit with good size (6-foot-3, 241 pounds) and could emerge as a target quickly. Keep an eye on offensive lineman Brett Heggie. He technically isn't new but will contribute after redshirting last year.