5 observations from UF's open practice 

August, 18, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Five things I noticed during Florida's open practice at Florida Field on Saturday.

TE Kent Taylor can be a weapon in the passing game. The freshman from Land O'Lakes, Fla., is too skinny (225 pounds on his 6-foot-5 frame) but he's got great hands and is able to do something that UF's receivers have struggled with the past two seasons: Get open. He's got great body control and showed an ability to work the sideline and the corner of the end zone. More importantly, UF coach Will Muschamp is going to be smart in how he uses Taylor. He won't ask Taylor to block because, frankly, he's not physically ready to do that. But he can play in the slot and will move around the formation.

DE Dante Fowler may be the most physically impressive freshman to step foot on campus in a long time. He played in high school at 236 pounds but now weighs 277 -- and it doesn't seem to be affecting his quickness one bit. The offensive tackles were having trouble with him and he would have had at least one sack during the team drills. Muschamp said Fowler is going to play a lot, and if he's as impressive in games as he is on the practice field, the Gators might have solved their pass-rush problem -- especially if Ronald Powell returns from his ACL surgery this season. Can you imagine Powell and Fowler both coming off the edge at the same time?
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