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Notebook: Day 12 of Florida Gators Fall Camp 2022 – Sports Illustrated

Photo: Patrick Toney and the Gators’ safeties; Credit: Zach Goodall 

Remember what we said about the heat on day eleven? Because that was nothing compared to what easily felt like the hottest practice of fall for the Florida Gators on Wednesday, day twelve.

You can find AllGators’ observations from the media viewing portion of practice below, as well as our notebooks for each day of camp so far this year. We have covered positions individually to maximize the viewing window since day three, and on day twelve, we dedicated our time to the safety unit. 

Focusing on the safeties

AllGators was able to observe the safety unit conduct three drills: A block-shedding and ball-stripping drill, undercutting comeback routes and zone coverage identification which ended with high-pointing downfield throws.

Redshirt freshman Kamar Wilcoxson had the first rep AllGators was able to watch on the shed-and-punch drill and certainly packed a strong punch after quickly closing in on the ball-carrier, knocking the ball loose with ease. Fellow redshirt freshman Corey Collier Jr. also impressed in the drill, showing good pad level while engaging his block, pushing the bag high into the air and making an impactful strip on the ball to conclude his rep.

Defensive coordinator and safeties coach Patrick Toney expected violent hands when his defensive backs punched the receiver’s chest while defending the comeback route, and Rashad Torrence II, Kamari Wilson, Donovan McMillon, Tre’Vez Johnson, Jadarrius Perkins, Wilcoxson and Trey Dean III‘s reps all stood out for meeting the requirement. Torrence and Wilcoxson dropped the ball at the end of their reps, however, and Wilcoxson responded by doing push-ups.

Coverage ID required quick thinking to diagnose zone responsibilities while players were in their backfield, before immediately breaking on where Toney elected to throw the ball. Each rep included a different coverage call, simulating a combination of one and two-high safety looks.

Each safety was expected to high-point their interception rather than simply allowing the ball to come to them.

Wilson showed quick instincts and fluid footwork throughout this entire rep, one for the better ones of the group in which Wilson traveled outside before cutting back into midfield in Cover 3 and cleanly snatching the ball out of the air, which you can watch in our clip of the day section at the end of this story.

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Torrence, Johnson, Dean and Wilson posted the best reps of the group from a coverage perspective, each understanding their assignment in a timely fashion and getting into a position to make a play on the ball. McMillon was given a second try and made the most of it after misdiagnosing his coverage on his first rep, quickly breaking outside in Cover 4 before high-pointing the ball near the sideline on his do-over.

Participation report

Below are the players that were seen wearing no-contact jerseys throughout the media viewing portion of practice. An asterisk indicates that the player worked off to the side or watched practice instead of being on the field. This list does not include the quarterbacks as they are required to wear no-contact jerseys at all times.

  • WR Ricky Pearsall*
  • WR Ja’Markis Weston
  • TE Arlis Boardingham*
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    Source: https://www.si.com/college/florida/football/florida-gators-fall-camp-notebook-2022-day-12-safeties

    Photo: Patrick Toney and the Gators’ safeties; Credit: Zach Goodall 

    Remember what we said about the heat on day eleven? Because that was nothing compared to what easily felt like the hottest practice of fall for the Florida Gators on Wednesday, day twelve.

    You can find AllGators’ observations from the media viewing portion of practice below, as well as our notebooks for each day of camp so far this year. We have covered positions individually to maximize the viewing window since day three, and on day twelve, we dedicated our time to the safety unit. 

    Focusing on the safeties

    AllGators was able to observe the safety unit conduct th…….

    Photo: Patrick Toney and the Gators’ safeties; Credit: Zach Goodall 

    Remember what we said about the heat on day eleven? Because that was nothing compared to what easily felt like the hottest practice of fall for the Florida Gators on Wednesday, day twelve.

    You can find AllGators’ observations from the media viewing portion of practice below, as well as our notebooks for each day of camp so far this year. We have covered positions individually to maximize the viewing window since day three, and on day twelve, we dedicated our time to the safety unit. 

    Focusing on the safeties

    AllGators was able to observe the safety unit conduct th…….

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