When spring practice gets underway for Florida Mar. 13 questions about the consistency of Jeff Driskel and determining if Kevin Taylor can be a feature back will be hot topics for offensive coordinator Brent Pease, but finding a No. 1 wide receiver will also be crucial leading up to the Apr. 6 spring game.
To say the Gators wide receivers have been a major disappointment during Will Muschamp’s tenure as head coach would be a tremendous understatement.
How bad have the gators wide receivers been?
They have been so bad that converted quarterback, Trey Burton was one of the team’s leading receivers last year and cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy is expected to go through spring drills with the receivers.
Gone is last year’s leading receiver–a tight end–Jordan Reed as well as the team’s second, third and fifth leading receivers of a year ago. The team’s top returning pass-catcher is rising junior Quinton Dunbar who had 36 receptions, 383 yards and four touchdowns.
He will be counted on stepping up in this offense, but the player I am looking at making a big impression during spring practice is true freshman Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga. Peach County).
The 6-2, 195-pound wide receiver was an early-enrollee and the experience he will gain during the spring will put him miles ahead of the fellow freshman receivers that won’t be on campus until the summer and should be all he needs to lock down a starting position.
I’m going to be paying close attention to the chemistry that he and Driskel have during the practices and his performance in the spring game to see if he can be the consistent option that has been missing in Gainesville since Percy Harvin was catching passes from Tim Tebow.