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Thursday August 15, 2013 Gators ask fans to refrain from shooting video and photos at open practices

Updated: 12:59pm, August 15

Gators coach Will Muschamp

Gators coach Will Muschamp wants to see his team in front of fans tonight at an open practice.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gators will practice under the lights at the Donald Dizney Lacrosse Stadium tonight starting at 7:30.

The practice is open to the public, the first of four Florida practices the public is welcome to attend over the next six days. Click here for the complete schedule of the open practices.

As a reminder, the Gators request those in attendance do not shoot video or take photos during the practices. More and more schools across the country have closed practices in recent years as technological advances threaten to compromise competitive advantages if practices are filmed by fans and then posted on the Internet.

Gators coach Will Muschamp was asked about such concerns during his Monday press conference.

“We don’t want anybody to video anything or tape anything, so we’ll have people asking, if they are taping, to shut it down,’’ Muschamp said. “People kind of know who we are, offensively, defensively and on special teams. It’ll be more of a loose-downs practice because we’re going to scrimmage the next day, but that’s what we would do anyways.’’

As for what fans can expect, Muschamp said tonight’s practice will be very similar to what the Gators would do normally prior to Friday’s scheduled scrimmage.

“It’ll be more longer-yardage, one-minute, situational, skeleton, pass rush, a lot of special teams work,’’ he said. “We’re going to practice the way we practice. I just thought it would be good -- we’re going to have to rely on some younger players to help us -- so it’ll be good for those young guys to get out in front of some people. I also feel like positioning the open practices on the 19th and 20th, that’s about when you start to hit the wall in camp. I think it’s good for our guys to get out in front of some people and compete.”

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