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Spring football

By IAN FISHER
Published March 29, 2006


KEY RETURNEES: QB Chris Leak, WR Dallas Baker, LB Brandon Siler, DT Marcus Thomas.

NOTABLE INJURIES: WR Andre Caldwell (recovering from broken femur); DE Ray McDonald (both ACLs); LB Jon Demps (torn ACL); S Reggie Nelson (MCL).

SPRING PRIORITIES: Super-hyped Ponte Vedra Beach Nease quarterback Tim Tebow will make his debut in a Gators uniform, though he is forbidden from speaking to the media. ... The Gators lost three valuable members of their secondary - S Jarvis Herring and CBs Vernell Brown and Dee Webb - leaving key holes to fill. Four starting offensive linemen also departed, so that will be an area of interest. ... Perhaps the biggest priority for coach Urban Meyer is finding a running back. Meyer blasted the job his backs did last season. He called their play "trash" and threatened to go without a tailback if none of the three returners, Kestahn Moore, Markus Manson and DeShawn Wynn, step up.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The first of 14 sessions at the practice fields is at 3:15 p.m. today. All practices are open to the public.