"Under the Lights" Premiers on Monday

Florida Gator fans are chomping at the bit, awaiting the start of another exciting the college football season. Next Monday, Sun Sports offers an early preview, returning to the practice field to provide fans with an inside look into the Gators' preparations.

The 2008 edition of the network's popular UNDER THE LIGHTS®: GATOR SPRING FOOTBALL, hosted by Whit Watson, premieres Monday, May 5, at 8pm with multiple encore presentations scheduled throughout the month, including 5/7, 10:30pm; 5/10, 5pm; and 5/14, 10:30pm (ET).

As the Gators' Florida TV partner, Sun Sports can deliver inside access and unique features with its special programming and this new show is no exception. The program introduces fans to key players and position coaches who are new to the team and anxious to prove themselves on the field. This past off-season the Gators hired three new position coaches, each working with a particular unit on the squad. Fans will meet Vance Bedford, whose specialty is cornerbacks; Kenny Carter, who concentrates on running backs, and Dan McCarney who oversees the defensive line. UNDER THE LIGHTS® sat down with all three coaches who opened up on their philosophies on what it takes to excel at each position.

Also new to the Gator football staff this spring is former Gator Terry Jackson, recently named the team's director of player and community relations. Jackson elaborates on his first major project which is to institute an innovative mentoring program involving 15 Gator football players, Gainesville community leaders and middle school students.

Reporter Larry Vettel also provides a special feature on twin brothers Michael and Maurkice Pouncey, who were freshman starters for the Gators last season, one on offense and one on defense. Fans will hear from the brothers as they share their thoughts on playing side-by-side on the offensive line this season and the show visits with their parents in their home for added perspective.

This one-of-a-kind program gives fans an in-depth look of how the University of Florida begins the process of preparing for the next season. Unique in its presentation, with insight from players, their families and their coaches, this compelling program lets fans see and hear first-hand how the team progressed during this important three-week period.

UNDER THE LIGHTS®: GATOR SPRING FOOTBALL premieres statewide 5/5, 8pm, with replays scheduled on Sun Sports 5/7, 10:30pm; 5/10, 5pm; 5/14, 10:30pm; 5/17, 10:30pm; 5/19, 8pm; 5/31, 6:30pm, 6/6, 8:30pm and 6/21, 6:30pm (ET).

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