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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Week in review: SEC spring wrapup

By Michael DiRocco

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Still somewhat of a busy week, despite the fact that Florida has finished the spring semester and there's a break before the first summer semester begins.

ESPN provided a wrapup of spring practices around the SEC. Here's the breakdown of the Gators' spring. There are still several important questions that have to be answered.

One of those questions surrounds quarterback Jeff Driskel. How much has he improved and will that make the Gators' passing offense any more potent than it was in 2012, when it ranked 114th nationally? History seems to be on Driskel's side. All of UF's starting quarterbacks going back to Shane Matthews showed improvement from their first to second seasons as a starter. Sometimes it was dramatic, sometimes not.

Jeff Driskel
As usual, the primary question looming over the Gators offense has to do with quarterback Jeff Driskel.
A lot of Driskel's success will depend on how much the receivers have improved and whether any of the five freshmen will be able to make an impact. The latter seems unlikely since freshmen receivers have largely struggled at Florida since 1990. Only four have caught more than seven passes as true freshmen.

In the biggest off-the-field news of the week, former UF quarterback Danny Wuerffel was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Wuerffel is one of three former Heisman Trophy winners who will be inducted later this year.

ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low looks at the top SEC prospects for the 2014 NFL draft. The Gators have two in the top 20.

On the recruiting trail ...

Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) , Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian), Christian McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Highlands Christian) and Bo Scarbrough (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge) discuss the craziest pitches they heard during recruiting in a podcast.

GatorNation's Derek Tyson provided a look at how Florida's assistant coaches are taking a creative approach in social media. Receivers coach Joker Phillips has been using the Batman villain Joker and the hashtag #ComePlayWRForTheJoker. Tyson also provided a look at what the other SEC schools are selling.

ESPN 150 defensive tackle Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Edna Karr) says he's ready to start making some visits. UF is among his favorites.

Hoops-wise, Florida is among the programs that have a shot at landing ESPN 60 forward Kevin Looney (Milwaukee/Hamilton).

Here's a quick Q&A with Gators signee Cameron Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton).

Low provided a May recruiting scorecard for the SEC's 14 schools.