Video: Florida Gators Open First Day of Spring Practice

“Fun First Day.”

That was how Florida Gators head football coach Jim McElwain described the opening of the Gators spring practice.

The first of 15 began just after 3pm on Monday March 16 and lasted just long enough to give players a good idea of what they’ll be dealing with.

“You know, we’re always running around,” said center Cam Dilliard.

“I really like that a lot. Everyone’s getting reps. No one’s standing still. Everyone is moving. It just makes practice quicker.”

That new pace was the biggest surprise for many of the players, offensive especially, but it was balanced out with a palpable energy.

Shouts rang out across the practice fields as units sprinted from one drill to another. The energy carried over with several players as they spoke to the media following practice. All smiles, they updated GatorCountry on the first day of spring ball, what they’re taking away form it and just what they see for the future of the Florida Gators.

Watch below to hear reaction from several players and see some footage from the Gators first day of practice.

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Kassidy Hill
Born into a large family of sports fanatics and wordsmiths alike, sports journalism came natural to Kassidy. It’s more than a passion; it’s simply a part of who she is. Hailing from Alabama in the midst of typical Iron Bowl family, she learned very quickly just how deep ties in the SEC could run. She came to Gainesville after college to pursue a degree as television sports reporter but quickly realized she missed writing. She’s excited to now marry the two aspects for Gator fans. She loves Jesus, her daddy and football; wants to be Billy Donovan’s best friend and firmly believes that offensive lineman are the best people on earth. Follow her on Twitter @KassidyGHill