Monday practice notes and observations

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Here are our notes and observations from Florida’s Monday afternoon practice, its fifth of preseason camp. After a pair of practices in shells (helmets and shoulder pads), players were dressed out in full pads for the first time in preseason camp. For the second time in as many days, the practice session was held indoors at Florida’s football practice facility due to inclement weather. Media members were allowed to watch just one period of the session, which lasted 14 minutes.

Not observed in attendance: QB Jalen Kitna

In attendance in a non-contact jersey: TE Jonathan Odom, OL Richard Gouraige, DL Tyreak Sapp

Out: CB Jaydon Hill

Returned to full participation: TE Hayden Hansen


Practice notes

— Florida held its fifth practice of preseason camp on Monday afternoon. The session was held in Florida’s indoor practice facility and players were in full pads for the first time in preseason camp. Media was allowed to observe 14 minutes of the session, which is the expectation for the remainder of fall camp and into the season. The Gators were in skill development groups for the entirety of the observed window, which was the case during the spring as well.

— As was the case Sunday, the practice session was once again held inside due to rain, thunder and lightning in the area. Florida initially planned to hold two consecutive practices outdoors for every indoor session. But through five practice sessions, the Gators have been outside just twice due to the weather. Before the team’s day off on Saturday, the Gators practiced inside Friday, which should have led to Sunday’s session being held outdoors if it weren’t for conditions.

– The energy in the building Monday was similar to Sunday’s practice, which appeared to be slightly lower than the previous three sessions. Once again, this could have been as a result of the inclement weather. It is possible the 14-minute window was an outlier and the energy may have increased after the 14-minute viewing window. Regardless, it’s worth noting. 

— Redshirt junior offensive tackle Richard Gouraige returned to practice Monday in a non-contact jersey after missing the previous two sessions. Gouraige was not witnessed at practice Friday, nor was he observed Sunday. Multiple sources told Swamp247 that Gouraige is continuing to rehab a minor knee injury.

– Sophomore safety Rashad Torrence II was in attendance, in pads and wearing a normal blue defensive jersey during Monday’s practice session, but Torrence was not working out with the safety unit during skill development groups. During the viewing window, Torrence worked with a trainer in a corner of Florida’s indoor practice facility.

— Sophomore corner Jaydon Hill arrived at practice in street clothes after its scheduled start time, and Hill was observed riding an exercise bike on the sideline under the guidance of a UF trainer. Napier said Hill would be out for the foreseeable future.

– Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Tyreak Sapp was observed in a non-contact jersey and away from his unit during Monday’s observation window. Sapp was seen stretching nearby Hill and Torrence in a corner of Florida’s indoor practice facility. Sapp had been present and unlimited for each of the team’s previous four practices.

– Florida running backs coach Jabbar Juluke was observed working with the unit on a blocking drill designed to improve a player’s hand placement and hand positioning. The unit was observed working on footwork drills, as well as a drill designed to have an offensive player stiff-arm a defender’s facemask. At one point, Juluke brought the running back unit into a huddle and briefly demonstrated the motion on sophomore running back Montrell Johnson, though it wasn’t with force. “That’s what I want you to do, break his facemask,” Juluke said. The running back unit also worked on catching passes on a curl route while lined up in the flat during the end of the viewing window.

– Florida inside linebackers coach Jay Bateman was observed instructing the unit through a chute progression drill during the observation window. “I’m making the tackle, I’m going to take the bag off his hands, no matter what, OK?,” Bateman said to the unit before the drill began. After Ventrell Miller went through the drill, Bateman asked the assistant holding the bag for the drill “to go faster” for the rest of the unit.

— Redshirt freshman tight end Griffin McDowell continues to look impressive when it comes to his improved frame and athleticism. McDowell, a former offensive lineman turned defensive lineman who moved to tight end during spring practice, displayed his pass-catching ability during the observation window by hauling in a pair of receptions over the middle of the field. McDowell currently appears to be much slimmer than his listed weight of 288 pounds on Florida’s roster.

— Sophomore tight end Jonathan Odom was observed in a non-contact jersey but was still working out with his unit. The Tampa native underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in the spring and is expected to be cleared by the time the season starts.

— True freshman tight end Hayden Hansen, who was not observed in attendance on Sunday, returned to practice Monday in pads as a full participant. Hansen had been a full participant in Florida’s initial three practice sessions.

– Redshirt freshman quarterback Jalen Kitna, who was observed working out off to the side of the field during Sunday’s session, was not observed in attendance for Monday’s session. For the second consecutive session, walk-on sophomore quarterback Kyle Engel replaced Kitna in the order during the routes-on-air segment.

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