Fans Watch as Former Gators Try to Impress Pro Scouts
The start of the Florida Gator football season is still months away, but the swamp was buzzing with football activity all day Wednesday. The early morning rain didn't stop fans from coming out for a look at some former Gator greats hoping to impress pro scouts and coaches on UF's Pro Scout Day.
Fans held umbrellas, scouts stop watches, as former Gators Brandon Spikes, Carlos Dunlap and Tim Tebow participated in the pro day activities. From NFL coaches, scouts and the media, all eyes were on Gainesville.
"My wife and I wanted to give the kids an opportunity to see what pro day was all about you know for some of the University of Florida players," said Gainesville resident Willie McKnight Jr. "We actually came to see Joe Haden and a couple of the other players as well."
While most fans said they came out to look at Tim Tebow's new throwing motion, others said they planned on making it a full day of Gator football. Going from pro day to watch the first day of spring practice.
Gainesville resident Fairlie Bagley kept a close eye on Tebow as he threw for pro scouts. The recent retiree said she's taking full advantage of her new free time to focus on Gator football.
"I graduated from the university in 1969,"said Bagley. "So I've been following it for many years."
While hundreds of fans turned out for pro day Wednesday morning, tens of thousands are expected for the annual orange and blue spring game on April 10th.
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