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Watch: Jim McElwain gives an update on Florida’s 2017 spring practice

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Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain met with members of the media today to give a post-spring break update on the Gators’ 2017 spring practices.

A few notes and highlights from the press conference:

  • Jim McElwain is excited for Florida men’s basketball’s appearance in the NCAA tournament, and feels sorry for the baseball team playing tonight in the cold.
  • Rick Wells’ surgery went well, and Kavaris Harkless is still out.
  • Luke Del Rio will have another shoulder surgery tomorrow, which McElwain characterized as “not major.”
  • Jim McElwain emphatically called the Gators “fast,” noting that team speed is something that had impressed him so far in spring.
  • McElwain is “bummed out” that Florida tips off at 3:10 p.m. on Thursday in the NCAA Tournament, as that is when the gridiron Gators are scheduled to hold some open practice periods.
  • McElwain notes that developing a consistent pass rusher off the edge is one of the defense’s priorities.
  • Randy Shannon and the defense have also focused on improving communication among the defensive players.
  • McElwain is impressed with Kyle Trask’s understanding of where to go with the ball, and his cerebral approach, but wants him to “cut it loose a little faster.”
  • The Gators received SEC East title / Outback Bowl Champion rings at Sunday’s team dinner.
  • The Eastern Washington staff is in town to watch the Gators. Jim McElwain said that they are sleeping in his garage.