Florida Gators linebacker coach Christian Robinson spoke with local media on Wednesday. He updated the plight of replacing David Reese at middle linebacker, the addition of Brenton Cox, the growth of Ventrell Miller and the nervousness of playing in COVID-19. As a subscriber of GatorBait Magazine, you receive exclusive access to this full transcript.
Walk us through options at middle linebacker, who has played the most?
"Really enjoyed the work that everybody's done thus far, dealing with all the adversity that we had, but it's something that everybody's dealing with. Ventrell Miller's been just great. I've talked to anybody and everybody that will listen that he's done everything we've asked him to do and had a great attitude. Him and Ventrell Miller, I said Ventrell Miller, but James Houston and Mohamoud Diabate, Lacedrick Brunson, we've had all those guys in my room and I've really enjoyed the effort and energy that they've had. It's been, I think those guys leading the way and having been here have helped a lot of those young guys in terms of Hopper and Jesiah and Wingo getting used to what it's going to be like playing on Saturdays going forward."
Mohamoud Diabate playing some inside too?
"Yeah, we've been finding ways to move everybody around just because with everything that we're dealing with this year it's the more you can do the better. And he's a guy that obviously flashed last year on the edge and played for me in the middle at the beginning of the season at times. He's going to be a guy that, I expect him to kind of move around and kind of use me and coach Grantham and be able to be diverse in the ways that he lines up. I think that's his strength, really, is just being able to move. You're really never going to know where he's at, that's kind of the blessing of having him in my room this year."
How deep is this linebackers corps? There was issues in previous years with depth.
"I do believe we have a l