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Gators call off spring game for second straight year

Florida to have 15 spring practices
Florida Gators lock arms before game vs. LSU Tigers in 2020
Posted at 4:36 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 16:36:50-05

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators will begin spring practice this week, but it won't culminate in an intra-squad game.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin announced Tuesday that the Orange & Blue Game won't be played for a second consecutive year because of coronavirus concerns.

"Beginning this Thursday, the Gators football team will have 15 practices that will encompass four weeks," Stricklin said in a message he shared on Twitter. "However, hosting fans for an intra-squad spring football scrimmage seems unwise given all circumstances, including the fact that Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is being used as a large scale COVID testing and vaccination site."

Florida missed all of spring practice last year because of COVID-19.

The Gators (8-4) finished the 2020 season on a three-game losing streak, including a 55-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.