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Spring Notes: Muschamp gives praise, Rainey impressive and more injuries

Remember a few years ago after the basketball team won that first National Championship and immediately afterwords pointed to the football team and said "You're next!" The football team responded with the 2006 BCS National Championship and then promptly said back "Your turn." Well, the basketball team won again, the football team won another one but the timing was off.

Then as we all know, the basketball team missed some NCAA Tournaments and the football team had a down year.

Well, it seems that even though there is a new head football coach, the relationship between the two programs is still very strong.

Head football coach Will Muschamp recently recently gave praise to the basketball team after the win over BYU in the most recent Robbie Andreu piece at the Gainesville Sun.

"First of all, I want to congratulate Billy Donovan and our basketball program with a great game last night," Muschamp said of the Gators’ overtime win over Brigham Young. "It’s a great example of competing and playing defense and coming together for a common purpose.

But that wasn't all. Incoming freshman and highly touted quarterback recruit Jacoby Brissett is a very good basketball player in his own right. When asked about the prospects of Brissett playing on the basketball team next year Muschamp responded by saying...

"Not to this point," Muschamp said. "Billy has been a little busy. We haven’t had a whole lot of conversation, but in the recruiting process, that door is open for Jacoby. We’re going to let him make that decision.

"Once we get done with spring and Billy gets done winning the whole thing there, we’ll sit down and talk about it."

Now I'm not sure about y'all, but I like the way that Muschamp thinks. Figuring it out after winning the National Championship, sounds great to me. I certainly don't have a problem with him playing two sports. Gavin Dickey played baseball. John Capel ran track. Demps as we all know is an NCAA National Champion when it comes to the track team. Charlie Ward won the Heisman trophy for FSU in 1993 while also playing point guard for the basketball team. It isn't like it can't be done and I'm sure that the three men will get together and discuss it and if it is really what he wants to do, they'll find a way to make it work.

On the practice front, Chris Rainey has thus far impressed through the six practices.

Rainey is having a "phenomenal spring" Muschamp said. "He really enjoys getting the ball deeper in the backfield to have a chance for his vision. He's got great cutback ability," Muschamp said Friday. "You've got to be very gap-sound defensively when he's carrying the football. He can take the ball all the way back. I'm really pleased with his progress."

 

I found this quite particularly telling. Could the answer to the much documented running back struggles in the Urban Meyer era be as simple as getting them the ball deeper in the backfield?

Unfortunately though, and as usual when it comes to spring practice, there are more injuries. This time to running back Mike Gillislee and defensive end Kedric Johnson.

Mike Gillislee has a stress fracture in a foot and will be held back in practice for the time being. Kedric Johnson is more than likely out for the remainder of the spring with a sprained knee.

We are now just a little more than two weeks away from the Orange and Blue game. Hopefully it is nothing but smooth sailing leading up to the extravaganza that is April football in Gainesville.

Please be kind and use good grammar.

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