The Florida Gators opened training camp Monday, the first of 15 practices before the fall semester starts.
A year after a wave of injuries — many occurring in preseason camp — wrecked UF’s season, coach Will Muschamp has altered his practice approach for the next several weeks.
Muschamp, who is entering a critical fourth year in Gainesville after last season’s humiliating 4-8 campaign, has eliminated midday practices in an effort to maximize his team’s health entering the season.
“We're going to go in the morning more than we have in the past,” Muschamp explained.
“We usually incorporated a midday practice off a two-a-day. The midday practice was hard from the standpoint of the heat and also weather. Sometimes you get lightning. We're going to practice every morning. When we do have opportunities, per the rules, to have a two-a-day practice, we’re going to go later at night and a little lighter than we had been doing before so it won't be as taxing for the players.”
Florida’s first two practices are slated as split-squad sessions, with the veterans reporting for practice before dawn, while the majority of underclassmen work out at night.
The Gators are nearly full strength this fall, as true freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson (Immokalee) — who underwent shoulder surgery in the spring — is the lone non-contact player for the first week of camp.