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Florida Gators fans, players enjoying Bryan Cox on ‘Hard Knocks’

Gators defensive end Bryan Cox Jr., hasn’t watched HBO’s popular series “Hard Knocks” yet, but the redshirt sophomore isn’t surprised his father, Bryan Cox, a former Dolphins player, is a fan favorite this summer.

“Actually, I don’t have HBO,” Cox Jr. said. “But I’ve heard a lot about it, obviously.” Cox Sr., now the defensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons, the team featured on the hit show that offers an exclusive peak at an NFL training camp, has made headlines with his obscure and comical observations on football and life.

During the premiere episode, the former Dolphins linebacker explained a bawdy technique to defeat offensive linemen, much to the delight of his players.

His son, a rotational pass rusher for the Gators, called his father “crazy and “a high-energy guy.”

“He’s like that on the field all the time,” Cox Jr. said.

• Former NFL coach

Mike Shanahan

spoke to the Gators on Monday. Shanahan served as

Charley Pell’s

offensive coordinator at Florida from 1980-83.

• The Gators broke up the monotony of camp by taking in a movie, seeing “Hercules.” Muschamp wasn’t particularly impressed, saying, “I don’t want to do my Siskel and Ebert, but I guess it was entertaining.” He did believe the outing was positive for team bonding.

• Florida hosted a number of wounded military veterans at practice over the weekend.

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