Photo: Jervon Dexter; Credit: Alex Shepard
With spring football right in the rearview mirror and not much is happening in college sports, AllGators there is decided to try to consider different groups of positions for the Florida Gators and the three pressing issues for each room.
Continuing on the defensive side of the ball, the next position we will cover is the Florida defensive line. Having already written about JACK edge rushers, who play among the previous four, this time we will focus on the strong defensive points, the three techniques and the blows to the nose.
Sean “Chaos” Spencer, most recently with the New York Giants for two seasons in the same position, took over this year as a coach in the UF defensive line as a member of the first coaching staff of new head coach Billy Napier of the Gators.
Three questions from AllGators on a series of positions
Can Gervon Dexter take his game to the next level?
The highest rated rookie to enroll in the Dan Mullen era of football in Florida, Jervon Dexter has been a regular figure in the Gators’ defensive line for the past two seasons and took up the title in 2021.
The former Florida coaching staff has overtaken Dexter in the last two seasons, he has internal flexibility, given his size (6 feet-6, 313 pounds) and athleticism. In this stretch, Dexter has amassed 70 grips, 2.5 jacks, 5.5 grips for loss, interception and two rebounds with experience.
However, his best fit in the scheme of the new defensive coordinator Patrick Tony is with three techniques. There, Dexter could establish himself as an internal threat to cross half of the front, as opposed to JACK edge rusher, who will be Florida’s main passer-by.
One would think that focusing on one position could increase Dexter’s production at the backfield. Dexter hinted so much at the spring camp when he spoke of Spencer, noting that his technique needed improvement.
“He’s a great technical coach, that’s what I missed,” Dexter told Spencer in the spring. “I played a lot of physical football and I dominated the game only on the basis of me and my physical abilities. Coach Chaos came in and he … breaks the little things and teaches me the little techniques that may not [have] it’s known to be a problem, but it’s a problem. “
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With better technique and a fresh start in a new scheme, the sky seems to be the limit for Dexter to enter his teen season. Professional analysts have already identified it as a potential choice in the early round of the NFL 2023 draft – can it meet those expectations?
What will the rotation of the nose look like?
Desmond Watson he seems ready to start fighting for Florida in 2022, having appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman. He is a talented player who continues to develop as a passer, but with the 415-pound frame listed, Watson is still unable to play a full-time role.
The Gators would benefit greatly from identifying a capable late-kick to offer Watson a breather and improve their ability to press quarterbacks when they are more likely to pass the ball than to pass it.
You can’t fuck Gators because they haven’t tried to find this particular player. After the end of the spring camp, UF is pursuing two of the best opportunities for a transfer in defense Darrell Jackson and Jermaine Lole. However, these prospects were in Miami and Maryland, respectively.
At the moment, the candidates for transfer are extremely weak. Florida was to receive a visit from a sixth-year student Darrell Middleton last Thursday, who last played in West Virginia and Tennessee, but a change of plans sent Middleton to Jackson State on an official visit this weekend. He’s done engagement of the Tigers during the visit.
Florida may be forced to rely on its young depth in the defensive game to split its time with Watson in the 2022 season. Jalen Leeredhead junior Jaelin Humphriesfreshman in a red shirt Chris Thomas Jr.. and a true freshman Chris McClellan will be players for observation during the autumn camp.
Princely Umanmielen seems to be the next man, but can Tyreak Sapp insist on starting from the defensive end?
With the beginning of 2021 the end of the strong side Zachary Carter now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL, Florida is looking for a new starter on the edge of its defensive front against Brenton Cox Jr..
He was younger all spring and in the game of orange and blue Prince without a head to manage the concert with the first team. Umanmilen has played frequently in his first two seasons at UF, publishing 21 shots and 3.5 games in 20 appearances.
Umanmielen may hold on to the role because of his experience, but don’t count the freshman in the red shirt Tyreak Sapp like someone who can steal photos from the upper class.
Sapp did not appear in the match as a freshman, but made a name for himself in the spring game with six grips, a loss grip and a forced strike, also putting pressure on the quarterback Jack Miller III in throwing an interception. Umanmielen had three grips, a bag and a loss grip.
Freshman in a red shirt Justus Boone is also a candidate for defensive play time, but Umanmilen and Sapp may have an advantage over the South Carolina product due to their performance in the spring.
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