Gators wrap up first day of spring

There isn't much changing this year during spring practice. With Dan Quinn gone, D.J. Durkin is taking over as the defensive coordinator, but the scheme is the same, and offensive coordinator Brent Pease is also back. For the first time under head coach Will Muschamp, there isn't much changing for the Gators. That allowed the first day to be spent focusing on the fundamentals.

"Good to see from the standpoint of guys teaching fundamentals and technique as opposed to scheme," Will Muschamp said after Wednesday's practice.

The players spent Wednesday's practice in shorts without hitting, but it was more about focusing on the fundamentals and the basics of the game. It allows the early enrollee freshmen to get a slow day of practice under their belt to grasp the basics and see how the team practices.

It also allows the returning players to get a quick reminder of the practice level, as well as getting back to the fundamentals before the speed of practice starts to increase.

"We're going over a lot of situations," Muschamp said. "We hit on a lot of different situational work at practice today. Every opportunity, you only get 15, so it's not just an ordinary day. You only get 15 to get better or worse, and I thought we improved today.

"It's for developing players and developing your football team and doing what's best for your team. It's not about winning the drill on March 13. It's about preparing the team for your season, and that's why we're doing this. Again it's something that is going to help our football team in my opinion."

The freshmen were able to get involved on the first day of practice. Muschamp was happy with their progression and said the unit looked good on Wedneday.

Robinson makes a play on his first day

"Demarcus Robinson made some nice plays today," Muschamp said. "I thought he did some good things. Kelvin Taylor got in there and did some nice things. Tyler Moore looked liked he fit in up front very well. Obviously, we're in shorts with an offensive lineman; that's a little different. Max Garcia, of course, was with us this fall but is new. Joey Ivie ran around in there.

Moore is first on the depth chart at right tackle

"Saw Alex (Anzalone) and Daniel (McMillian) get a lot of reps because of our depth at linebacker's not as good. Those are the guys off the top of my head. Obviously, Matt is not in right now rehabbing his knee."

PURIFOY AT RECEIVER: Muschamp and the Florida staff had to continue to calm Loucheiz Purifoy when he would get frustrated on Wednesday. After becoming a staple of the defensive backfield last season, Purifoy is starting from the beginning this spring and spending the first seven days exclusively at wide receiver.

The goal is to make Purifoy a more versatile wide receiver that can run all the routes and make it less predictable when he's in the game during the 2013 season.

"He made some plays at wideout," Muschamp said. "He's still in a learning process. Yesterday, I had a long talk with him. He got a little frustrated. I said, 'Listen, remember your first day at corner?' I mean, it just doesn't happen overnight. That's why we're doing this, so you can learn the concepts of the offense when you step in.

"It's very difficult for a guy that's had tremendous success at a position when you're trying to learn another position."

POWELL OBSERVING: Ronald Powell is out for all of spring practice while he rehabs his ACL, but he will still be in all of the learning portions of practice. He'll sit in meetings and be at every practice as his rehab continues to take place.

"In all of our walkthrough and teaching sessions, he's a part of what we're doing. When he's not, he's rehabbing and working on his knee and continue to gain strength in the weight room," Muschamp said. "(He) looks great and is working extremely hard. Obviously, (we're) all frustrated for him in what he's been through. He understands. He's matured through it. He's been outstanding."

Brad Lawing will coach Powell when he is healthy

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