Florida Gators football to open 2016 spring practice on March 9, hold Pro Day on March 22

By Adam Silverstein
February 17, 2016

The Florida Gators announced Wednesday that their 2016 spring practice slate will officially begin on Wednesday, March 9, a full week earlier than it did in head coach Jim McElwain‘s inaugural season with the team.

Florida has not announced whether the spring practices will be open to the public, which was not able to attend the workouts in 2015. UF did open select periods of each practice to media members last year.

The Gators’ 15 spring practice dates, as currently scheduled:

Wednesday, March 9
Friday, March 11
Monday, March 14
Wednesday, March 16
Friday, March 18
Monday, March 21
Tuesday, March 22
Wednesday, March 23
Thursday, March 24
Monday, March 28
Wednesday, March 30
Friday, April 1
Monday, April 4
Tuesday, April 5
Friday, April 8 (spring game)

Florida previously announced that its annual spring game, the 2016 Orange & Blue Debut, will be held on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m., returning to the game to its usual spot during the first week in April but on Friday night for the first time ever.

As the Gators practice, they will often be doing so in the program’s six-month-old $15 million indoor practice facility, which was opened in late August.

Practices will feature 12 freshmen early enrollees, new defensive backs coach Torrian Gray and the reported transition of junior Treon Harris from quarterback to wide receiver.

OnlyGators.com will offer complete coverage of Gators football through the spring.


  1. jimmee1975 says:

    maybe the alumni and fans can get off Treon’s case now that he will be a Gator Great WideOut.

    • 1974Gator says:

      Yeah, we are just a bunch of uninformed trolls with nothing better to do than slam Treon. We are all looking forward to watching him, in the slot and wideout, getting the ball in space and water bugging it down field.

    • 305Gator says:

      Well he wasn’t even a Gator Adequate QB so if he turns out to be a Great WR more power to him

  2. Michael Jones says:

    Treon has heart and toughness, two attributes really needed at the slot (which is where I think he’ll play). Looking forward to hopefully seeing him and another kid with heart and toughness, C.J. Worton, get a lot of touches. Alvin Bailey out of Tampa, too.

    • 305Gator says:

      Baily hasn’t done squat over his three years and two different staffs why would you expect anything different now.
      Worton has done a little more than Baily so there may be some hope there.
      Treon remains to be seen what he can do, certainly his play at WR or corner or whatever should turn out to be better than his play at QB if only because you couldn’t play any worse QB than he did

      • 1974Gator says:

        That’s a little over the top. We’re supposed to all be friends out here!

      • Michael Jones says:

        One of those staffs was Muschamp’s staff–the one that supposedly had no receivers except that those receivers are now playing for NFL teams–so that one doesn’t count.

        Bailey has done OK when he’s seen the field. Worton even better, including that great TD catch against FSU last year. But neither one has had much of a shot. For some guys it takes awhile to see the field but they’re worth the wait. Gillislee was one of those guys.

        They’re both juniors, just like Treon, except for they are not learning a new position. Let’s see what happens. We’re always so quick to dismiss guys who aren’t all-SEC by their sophomore years. Cut’em some slack until they get a real chance. Maybe one or more will break out this year.

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