Sunday, August 9, 2009

Gator Photographer's Insights

Tim Casey, photographer for Gator Country, has some insights on this year's, and next year's, Gator team after just the first two days of open practice:

After photographing the first two days of fall football practice, I can report that Gators fans have a lot to be excited about.

Everyone is already excited about the strong possibility that the Gators will go undefeated, win the Southeastern Conference Championship and the BCS Championship while senior quarterback Tim Tebow will contend for his second Heisman Trophy.

No secrets there.

However, what isn’t getting talked about is how focused and excited the team looks. The practices run like clockwork. The coaches are intense, but loose at the same time. Everybody appears to be having fun, the way musicians do when they really hit a groove during a concert and the band is in perfect harmony.

With practices closed for the rest of the season, there won’t be any showboating or reasons for distraction at practice.

What’s even more impressive is how deep the roster is. Even with the loss of Tebow, Brandon Spikes, Brandon James, David Nelson, Jermaine Cunningham, Dorian Munroe, Ryan Stamper and Riley Cooper after this season, this team is set up to be very good in 2010 and 2011 because of the tremendous job the Gators have done with recruiting.

Many third-year players will have tough decisions to make after the season in figuring out whether to leave early for the NFL Draft or return to contend for what could be a staggering third-consecutive championship season. Of course that is getting ahead of things, but it is easy to see why coach Urban Meyer is as happy as he’s ever been in Gainesville.

(Ironically, we have no photo to post of him)