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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.



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