The Florida football program announced through GatorZone on Friday that its spring practices will begin on March 13 — and, more importantly for fans, that its practices on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16 will be open to the public.
Florida also opened its spring practices last year on March 16 and March 17; I attended both and I can tell you that the most interesting thing I got from those practices was a picture of Dominique Easley's dog. (You can see my notes at the bottom of this post.)
Things might be more interesting this season, as Florida moves from having to hide some of its quarterback competition on a far field at the Sanders Practice Facility to entering a season with Jeff Driskel as its unquestioned starter and from having a paucity of talent at wide receiver to a deep group of talented youngsters. These practices will also be Gators fans' first chances to see early enrollee Kelvin Taylor running around with the rest of his team.
But attending Saturday's practice may require setting the DVR to record some of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, as the No. 1 seed — likely Florida — will play on March at 1 p.m., at the exact same time Will Muschamp's Gators will be practicing.
Admission to the practices is free, and around 1,000 people showed up for each practice last year. Parking will be available in the O'Connell Center lot.