Muschamp's first scrimmage report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp had the following to say about the Gators’ first scrimmage of the fall, which took place on Saturday:

The offense was productive and quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel were solid. "We had 11 explosive plays, which is great for the offense and not so good for the defense," Muschamp said. "Pleased to see that. Both quarterbacks were pretty even through those explosive plays and how they played. They're both completing, throughout camp, right at between 63 and 65 percent of their passes. They're both about dead on statistically in terms of attempts, completions, everything. I thought they managed our football team really well."

The quarterbacks, however, did throw three interceptions, although one was a tipped ball. "Disappointed with ball security," Muschamp said. "We had the ball on the ground four times. We can't afford that to happen. Three interceptions. One was a tipped ball, one was a busted route. But still those are turnovers."

Muschamp liked what he’s seen out of the pass rush, specifically inside. "We've improved our four-man pass rush with Lerentee [McCray], Neiron [Ball] and Sharrif [Floyd] and Dominique [Easley] doing some nice things inside," Muschamp said.

More notes from scrimmage:

  • The first-string offensive line in the scrimmage: Chaz Green at right tackle, Jon Halapio at right guard, Jon Harrison at center, Kyle Koehne and James Wilson at left guard, and Xavier Nixon at left tackle. Nixon also played left tackle. D.J. Humphries got some reps at tackle. Jessamen Dunker got some reps at right guard. Sam Robey got some reps at center. Trip Thurman and Matt Patchan also repped at right tackle.

  • One of the players who stood out offensively, especially in terms of big plays, was freshman receiver Raphael Andrades. "Raphael Andrades had a good day, from a receiver's standpoint," Muschamp said. "He caught a bubble screen and made a couple guys miss. He caught a ball downfield for jump ball, a 50-50 ball. I know he's only a two-star (recruit) and he's not supposed to be a good player. We had the guy in camp. The guy's got great ball skills, judges the ball well, catches the ball well. He's a guy we need to give more reps to. He had two of the explosive 11 I know that."

  • Marcus Roberson has won the job as the punt returner, but the Gators will often use a second player back there as well. That would be Frankie Hammond, Muschamp said.

  • Muschamp praised freshman defensive end Dante Fowler through the first couple weeks. "Through 10 practices, he's done a nice job," Muschamp said. "He's been a guy that has produced well. He's been very productive. He's been very attentive in meetings. He asks questions, he asks the right kinds of questions. He plays hard. It's hard for a young man to come in in the summer and understand the tempo and understand the mental gymnastics you have playing the game and all the things that happen and he's working very hard at it."