Florida Changing Format for Spring Football Game

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's annual spring game will be little more than a typical practice.

Because the Gators are down to five healthy scholarship offensive linemen, coach Will Muschamp and his staff decided to alter the format of Saturday's game.

There will be some 11-on-11 drills, including the first-team offense against the first-team defense, but those full-contact scrimmages will be limited in duration because of depth issues.

Muschamp says "he's comfortable" with the changes.

Florida opened spring without starting offensive tackle Chaz Green (ankle), backup guard Ian Silberman (shoulder) and highly touted guard Jessamen Dunker (suspension). Making matters worse, starting guard Jon Halapio (shoulder) has been limited.

The line got even thinner last week when guards Max Garcia (back) and Trip Thurman (torn labrum) went down with injuries.

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