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Chomping at Bits: Takeaways from Florida's 2016 Orange and Blue Debut

After the conclusion of spring, everyone is offering their observations on the Gators.

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A collection of takeaways from the Gators' spring game: Now that spring practice has concluded with the Orange and Blue Debut, observations are being made about the state of Florida football. Most articles chose between three and five takeaways to give, with most proclaiming that Luke Del Rio is the favorite to start at quarterback and that Eddy Pineiro is the answer at kicker . (Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times; Edward Aschoff, ESPNRobbie Andreu, Gainesville SunLuis Torres, Independent Florida AlligatorEdgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

New clear bag policy implemented at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium: Fans can take bags into the stadium if they are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 18"x6"x18", one-gallon re-sealable plastic storage bags, small clutch bags no larger than 4.5"x6.5" - approximately the size of a hand - with or without a handle or strap. Purses, backpacks, cinch/drawstring bags that are not clear, briefcases, coolers, fanny packers, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, bioncular cases and personal seatbacks are now prohibited. Seat cushions larger than 16" which do not have pockets or backs are still permitted. (Daniel Apple, Florida GatorsRobbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

No. 2 Florida baseball facing No. 6 Florida State tonight: This marks the third and final regular season game between the Gators and Seminoles this season. Florida won the previous two meetings, posting a 6-0 shutout of the 'Noles on March 15th in Gainesville and winning 3-2 in Jacksonville on March 29th. (John Hines, Florida Gators)

Jenny Rowland reflects on successful first year with Gators: Rowland's Florida gymnastics team stands a week from the end of the season and are in the hunt for a potential fourth consecutive national title. (Alejandro Lopez, Independent Florida Alligator)

John Egbunu's life in America: Egbunu moved to the United States five years ago from Nigeria. After three different high schools in three states and two colleges, Egbunu has found a home in Gainesville. (Alex Maminakis, Independent Florida Alligator)

Florida recruits visited for spring game: Several South Florida prospects visited, as did Kendarian Handy-Holly, a safety from Alabama who told reporters he came close to committing. Tight end Zech Byrd made his first visit to Florida. The nation's No. 1 overall recruit for 2018, five-start quarterback Trevor Lawrence, also visited for the Orange and Blue Debut.  (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Jim McElwain riding in style on speaking tour: The Gators' head coach is riding in a new 50-foot luxury coach bus decorated in an orange and blue Gator motif. He spoke at the Polk County Florida Gators Club, his first stop on his speaking tour. (Ray Beasock, Gainesville Sun)

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