Gators looking for boost into summer

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

The Gators also have found a kicker – after having no real kicker last season Kizziah said he has a senior and a freshman able to handle punting and place-kicking duties – and continue to put the pieces of the puzzle in place.

The effort, Kizziah said, has been there all spring.

“You know they are burned out from playing sports all year,” Kizziah said. “Most of our kids played baseball, so they are just a little worn out. But the effort has been there and the attitude has just been great.”

Spring practice ends tonight with the Spring Jamboree, which will feature the Gators opening the evening with two quarters of play against Franklin County and ending the evening with two quarters against Port St. Joe.

“We need to have some success in the spring game so we can just have a little confidence going into the summer and getting into the weight room,” Kizziah said. “The score isn’t so much important as I want them to see themselves on tape.

“We want them to see themselves on tape executing a block, then executing it again and then executing it again, showing them the improvement. We are looking for improvement and something to hang our hat on as we go into the summer.”

Kizziah said the playbook will be “watered down” a bit because the emphasis on blocking and tackling has meant less time working on the finesse and timing of the passing game.



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