What Florida football coach Billy Napier said following first spring scrimmage


Florida football held its first intra-squad scrimmage in its eighth practice on Saturday afternoon at The Swamp.

The Florida Gators are two weeks away from the Orange and Blue Game on April 13.

“The big takeaway with the players walking off the field was we’re halfway and it’s important that we have a great focus over the next two weeks, so critical two weeks to come,” Florida football coach Billy Napier said. “We’ve got to get really specific about the areas where we need to improve.”

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Florida is establishing a more veteran group with 13 new starters, but faces a challenging schedule beginning with an Aug. 31 matchup at The Swamp against state-rival Miami.

“We’ve got a group of veteran players that are doing a good job kind of setting the tone and being a really good example, and then I see the young players, some of which were here last year, and some of which we just got here, are continuing to make progress,” Napier said. “So I do think that I’ve been pleased with what I see.”

Here’s more of what Napier said about Saturday’s scrimmage:

UF football QB D.J. Lagway working on game management

Napier praised Lagway, a prized five-star recruit from Willis, Texas. for his ability to retain information quickly as a freshman early enrollee quarterback.

“Every day is a new learning experience for him but he’s a quick learner and he did a lot of good today,” Napier said. “I think he made some plays with his feet, played with the twos most of the day. I think that’s where he’s at. I think he’s got physical talent, he’s picked it up quickly.”

Napier said the next step for Lagway is game management. He used the analogy of…

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Publish date : 2024-03-30 21:24:53

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