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Chomping at Bits: Updates on Florida football’s spring practice

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On the Gators’ special teams, tight ends, defense, and offensive improvement.

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On Greg Nord and Florida’s special teams and tight ends: The Gators’ kicking specialists - Johnny Townsend and Eddy Pineiro - have been in fine form but questions remain about Florida’s return game. Nord also oversees Florida’s tight ends, a unit which many expected to be featured more during Jim McElwain’s tenure. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Tim Skipper’s move from offense to defense: Skipper, who coached Florida’s running backs the past two seasons, played linebacker in college and has coached defense for ten of the 16 years he has been coaching. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Gators stressing offensive improvement: Florida’s offensive success will likely come down to finding a quarterback. (Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald)

Taven Bryan looking for breakout season: Jim McElwain pegged Bryan as spring’s most consistent player day-to-day. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Quincy Wilson ahead of the NFL Draft: Wilson has been slotted as a second round pick in many mock drafts. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Profile of Marco Wilson: Q’s younger brother hopes to make his own mark at Florida. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Gator baseball heads to Missouri for weekend series: Florida travels to Columbia to take on the No. 23 Tigers, who are off to one of their best starts in school history with a 21-4 record. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators)

NCAA Gainesville Gymnastics Regional Championships to be held Saturday: The top two teams and top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) out of the six team Gainesville Regional field will advance to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators)

Florida track and field competes at Pepsi Florida Relays: In the first day of competition yesterday, Gators recorded seven top-25 times. Two Gators also set personal bests and one set a meet record. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)

UF men’s tennis sweeps Alabama: The No. 12 Gators defeated the Crimson Tide, 4-0, yesterday. (Kelsey Bibik, Florida Gators)

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