Reviewing Florida's spring game

April, 12, 2010
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Florida coach Urban Meyer doesn't hand out many "A's."

But he graded the Gators' spring practice as a whole an "A" and did the same with the Gators' Orange & Blue Debut spring game this past Saturday.

In particular, Meyer said the Gators identified some players. But, then, nobody expects talent to be a problem next season for Florida.

Rather, it's going to be how certain players respond while stepping into key roles for the first time.

Quarterback John Brantley capped an excellent spring with an even better spring game. He was 15-of-19 (setting a Florida spring game record for completion percentage) for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

And just as encouraging for the Gators, the quarterbacks behind Brantley played well. Freshman Trey Burton is still not what you would call a polished passer, but he improved greatly over the spring and looks like he will bring a running dimension to the position. Burton completed 12 of 18 passes and also had a 76-yard run.

Don't count out tight end Jordan Reed, either, especially in the Gators' direct-snap package. He threw the game-winning touchdown, a 31-yarder, to T.J. Lawrence.

The Gators' receivers took a beating last season for their inconsistency, but they came back strong this spring. Deonte Thompson and Carl Moore both had big spring games, and freshman Andre Debose showed a glimpse of his speed -- even though he's still not 100 percent.

It's no secret that Florida lost a ton of great players from last season's team, but Brantley has a message for anybody thinking there's going to be a glaring drop-off in 2010.

"We're not going to take a step back at all," Brantley told reporters afterward.

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