Billy Napier Is Laying The Foundation At Florida And Setting The Tone For The Future

After getting a late start on putting together the foundation for success at Florida, new head football coach Billy Napier is hitting the ground running. Hired in December away from Louisiana, Napier has spent weeks getting to know the players on his team, while finalizing a new staff. Through the first few weeks on the job, he has an idea on how he wants things to play out in Gainesville.

The most interesting part of this process for Napier has been getting a feel of the current roster, knowing that they could end up adding a few pieces over the next two weeks from the transfer portal. I am sure Napier and his staff have watched a tremendous amount of film on the current group, but that didn't mean he wasn't going to analyze them in his own way.

"I think we were fortunate to be able be around and observe bowl practice. We put players through evaluation workouts. We made profile tapes of every player returning on the team. I think we were able to wrap our heads around about the current team, where we’re at, positions of concern from depth perspective. Where is there a gap in depth? And then went out and acquired some players in some of those positions. Now there’s more to come."

Napier mentioned potentially adding a few players to the team from the portal over the next 8 to 10 days, but he also knows the clock is ticking to get them in, before the academic calendar begins. He still looks at it as though he has three windows to add players to this roster.

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