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Florida Gators conduct open practice on Saturday

Amending this blog post ... According to Florida, Saturday's practice wasn't open to the public or the media. The doors were opened for a former player barbecue. All apologies from the editorial staff at Gator Clause for crashing the party.

GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida football team conducted an open practice on Saturday for the first time since the second day of preseason practice. Training camp and two-a-days were closed to the public.

Since Gator Clause appeared to be pretty much the only member of the Fourth Estate present for the event, we'll do our duty and pass along a few observations.

--Outside linebacker Dustin Doe is practicing with the team. Doe worked with the second-team defense on Saturday along with linebackers Jon Bostic and Lorenzo Edwards. Doe was previously suspended from the team--punishment for repeatedly driving with a suspended license. Doe might miss the season opener but I'd expect him back for Troy.

--Center Maurkice Pouncey watched contact drills from the sideline. Brother Mike Pouncey played center while James Wilson was the first-team right guard. Matt Patchan (left tackle), Carl Johnson (left guard) and Marcus Gilbert (right tackle) are the other first-team offensive linemen.

--Joe Haden fielded punts on Saturday with the second-team punt-return unit. Is Haden the second-team punt-return specialist? Wouldn't Chris Rainey or Andre Debose be better suited for the position?

--Freshman running back Mike Gillislee blocked a punt during special teams drills. He's pretty fast.

-jo-

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I don't get WTF they are doing with Haden. Let him play CB. Why is that so difficult? I don't want him returning kicks, getting nailed and then losing our best CB for the season - way too dangerous of a position to put him in.

James should return all kick-offs and most of the punts, with Rainey, Debose or Hammond (if he can return kick) spelling him.

Totally agree Adam. Let Demps get in there too if need be, but leave Janoris and Haden at CB. They're way too valuable where they are.

Adam S. is a good Gator fan for sure. Adam, my opinion is anything that happened now could, might be, or might not be propaganda. Also, Haden is looking pretty solid as an athlete, and the UF D is as thick as any D in the country....not so much if James goes down. Let us see on this one. My guess is, this kid is filling out, and they are noticing how solid he is, and want to get him the ball on O, and or kicks.

Peace.

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