Update: April 17
Florida has found its replacement for former assistant coach Bryant Young. According to Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union, former UTEP defensive coordinator Jeff Choate has been hired to coach special teams and the outside linebackers.
“We are excited to have Jeff Choate join our staff,” Muschamp said in a statement released by the school. “He is a high-energy coach, an outstanding recruiter and evaluator, and has a reputation as one of the top special teams coaches in the nation. He has coached on both sides of the ball and was most recently a defensive coordinator. He sees the big picture and will be a great addition to our staff.”
Update: April 11
After spending two seasons with the team, defensive line coach Bryant Young has decided to resign due to personal reasons, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.
"After heavy consideration and giving over two decades to the game of football, I have made a personal decision to resign from my position at the University of Florida in order to pursue more time with my family," Young said in a statement. "I am humbled by and grateful for the opportunity I have had to positively influence the hardworking student-athletes and young men whom I will surely miss.
Update: April 8
The Gators ended spring practice with a scrimmage that had a few standouts, one of which is a true-freshman. According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN, running back Kelvin Taylor really shinned, rushing for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Matt didn't do a whole lot today, and that was by design. Muschamp said. We wanted to get Kelvin and Mack [Brown] and Mark [Herndon] some touches. Matt's had a really outstanding spring. We have a good comfort level of where he is as a player.
For more of a recap on the spring scrimmage, click here.
Update: April 3
There will be no spring game this year. Due to a large amount of players being dinged up, particularly on the offensive line, according to Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports, the Gators will instead hold a scrimmage.
With four [offensive linemen] being out, really five of those guys being out right now, it’s not fair to go in a spring game situation and ask these guys to take 60, 70 snaps in a row. Coach Will Muschamp said. That’s not healthy. It’s not good. It’s not good for our football team.
Update: March 28
Freshman wide receiver Demarcus Robinson enrolled early so he could get a jump on the competition. According to Robbie Andreu of Gators Sports, he will be forced to sit a bit due to a high ankle sprain.
“Probably next week (he'll be able to return), I hope. I'm not real sure,” Florida coach Muschamp said. “He's in a walking boot right now to stabilize that.”
Update: March 26
With receiver being a position of need for the Florida Gators, it looks like Quinton Dunbar is emerging as the best option early on, according to Zach Abolverdi of Gator Sports.
I'm really proud of that kid. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. He has come along so far attitude-wise, accountability, his work ethic on the field, and it's really starting to show up.
He just does things right. He can play a bunch of positions now. So I'm proud of him and I think it's going to carry over to reach the goals that he's setting for himself.
Update: March 20
After a few practices, head coach Will Muschamp met with the media and provided a few interesting points. Along with the injury to Anzalone, Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports reports that Loucheiz Purifoy has spent most of the time on the offensive side of the ball, but he will soon return to playing defense. Muschamp isn't sure if he will ever play offense full-time, the coaching staff would just like to make sure he is comfortable if ever needing to play receiver exclusively.
Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports also provided some good news for Gators fans, as quarterback Jeff Driskel has been doing a lot of studying this offseason in the film room. They say hard work pays off and the Florida signal-caller says he is more prepared and confident heading into the upcoming season.
I’m confident. Coming in very confident, and confident that I’ve done the work in the classroom to be able to be more confident. Driskel said. Not just because I’m the guy now but because I’ve put in the work. That more than anything.
Update: March 19
Well, so much for 2013 recruit Alex Anzalone earning a starting linebacker position. It has been confirmed by head coach Will Muschamp and the official twitter feed of the Florida Gators (h/t College Football Talk) that he will have shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the spring.
Hopefully the injury isn't serious and the promising linebacker will be back on the field in the fall.
Update: March 14
Things aren't looking good for offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker. Already suspended from the team for an arrest that took place during the offseason, there are now reports surfacing that he was arrested again this week after being charged with grand theft, according to Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports.
Per the report, head coach Will Muschamp knows about the incident and doesn't seem too concerned about it at this point, according to a Florida spokesman.
"Coach (Will) Muschamp is aware of the incident," Florida spokesman Steve McClain said. "He is on the road recruiting and will address it when he returns."
Update: March 13
Even though the Florida Gators had a successful season last year, there was a lot of criticism when it came to the offensive side of the ball. Ranked 12th in the SEC last year in total offense, this was a team that accomplished majority of those victories defensively.
If you are wondering if the players know they need to improve, quarterback Jeff Driskel knows that this offense must make bigger plays next season, as he told Edward Aschoff of ESPN.
Luckily, we do have a great defense, so we don’t have to force anything, but we know we have to make more plays. Driskel said. We have to make more vertical plays down the field because you can’t just drive the ball down and score every time, you gotta hit big plays.
Bigger plays in the passing game would certainly help, but head coach Will Muschamp says that this offense will remain physical up front.
“We’re going to be a physical football team. I really believe in order to win this league, you’ve got to be physical,” Muschamp said Tuesday. “You’ve got to be able to win on the line of scrimmage. You can’t get away from that.
It is all about finding a balance.
As for the players themselves, the Gators released a spring depth chart that should hold the fans over for a while. As for some of the major changes, Loucheiz Purifoy switches from corner to receiver, Dominique Easley moves to the outside at defensive end and Cody Riggs is listed as a safety.
Update: March 11
The 2013 Orange and Blue Debut spring game will take place April 6 at 1 p.m. ET and will be televised on FOX’s Sun Sports.