April 8, 2012

O&B Debut: Defensive Observations

It can be easy to forget about the defense in spring games.

After all the same plays that get the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium crowd cheering and create buzz that the offense is coming around are the same plays that leave defensive coordinator Dan Quinn shouting and gritting his teeth. With that in mind, there was a little bit of everything for Florida's defense on Saturday.

Here's a look at some defensive observations picked up watching from the press box.middle.

  • The reason for middle weakness a couple times was junior college transfer defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, who flashed potential in some spots but was also pushed around by early enrollee Jessamen Dunker a fair of the time.

  • A common denominator in a number of Florida's big offensive plays was walk-on cornerback Ben Peacock. While it's alright to get excited about big plays, no one will confuse Peacock with a legitimate Southeastern Conference defender when fall rolls around.

  • Walk-on junior linebacker David Campbell does not even have a profile on Florida's website, but he registered the only turnover of the game when he picked of Tyler Murphy in the fourth quarter. Before UF, Campbell attended Suwanne, Central Florida and Santa Fe College.

  • Early in the game, the PA announcer said that sophomore linebacker Graham Stewart was in the game on offense and would be playing both sides of the ball on Saturday. Except Stewart wasn't in the game at the time and played only defense in the Orange and Blue Debut. Let the mystery continue.

  • Ronald Powell did not quite show the flashes that players and coaches have raved about all spring on Saturday. His day was cut short when he was taken off the field early in the second quarter with what Muschamp said was a sprained knee.

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