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Florida smashes EKU 52-3

Florida smashes EKU 52-3

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Allen

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Host Florida tossed five touchdown passes on the way to a 52-3 victory over the Eastern Kentucky University football team Saturday afternoon. This was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Florida (6-4) never trailed as the Gators scored on three of their first four possessions.

The No. 14 (FCS) Colonels (9-3) trailed 10-0 until senior kicker Andrew Lloyd connected on a career-best 51-yard field goal late in the first quarter.

However, Florida responded on its very next play from scrimmage when quarterback Treon Harris found Quinton Dunbar behind the Colonel defense for a 70-yard touchdown strike. The Gators scored the final 21 points of the first half to take a 31-3 lead into halftime.

The Colonels moved the ball into Florida territory four times, but only came away with three points. Eastern attempted a fake field goal in the second quarter only to come up short of the end zone. Right before halftime, EKU had a touchdown overturned when junior wide receiver Jeff Glover’s apparent catch hit the ground.

Florida scored three times in the second half while Eastern turned to several reserves for playing time.

Junior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley, a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, tallied 23 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards in limited first half snaps. He did not see any action in the second half.

For the Gators, wide receivers Demarcus Robinson and Quinton Dunbar combined for seven catches for 244 yards and four scores.

Eastern Kentucky now awaits word to see if it will play in the FCS playoffs next week. The NCAA FCS playoff selection show is tomorrow, Nov. 23 on ESPNU at 11 a.m.

Eastern Kentucky is now 0-5 all-time against SEC teams. EKU is 0-3 versus Kentucky, 0-1 versus Vanderbilt and 0-1 versus Florida.

EKU is 7-21 all-time against NCAA FBS teams. The Colonels picked up their first win over an FBS team since 1985 earlier in the season thanks to a 17-10 victory over Miami (Ohio).

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Gamecocks top Florida in OT

Gamecocks top Florida in OT

Posted on 15 November 2014 by Allen

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After enduring so many heartaches for the season, it would be South Carolina (5-5, 3-5 SEC) that would play the role of spoiler Saturday afternoon, beating the Florida Gators (5-4, 4-4 SEC) 23-20 in overtime. Dylan Thompson would keep it on a read option from four yards out to shock The Swamp and send the Gamecocks home a winner.

With under three minutes to play in the game, South Carolina was faced with a 4th-and-10 at the Florida 41. A bad snap forced a hurried throw and an incompletion to give the home side the ball with 2:32 to play. After three run plays to take the clock all the way down to 46 seconds, the Gators would punt from their own 43.

Junior Carlton Heard would barrel in untouched on the punt attempt, snuffing it out and putting the offense on the Florida 34 yard line. It was the first blocked punt for the program since Devin Taylor at N.C. State in September of 2009.

A pass out to the left sideline to Mike Davis would get a quick 27 yards right off the bat, as the team would have to move fast with 46 seconds to play and no timeouts. Four plays later after the pitch and catch, Davis would fall on a fumbled option pitch in the end zone for a touchdown and a 17-17 game. The Gators would kneel on the ensuing possession to take it to overtime.

In the extra frame, Florida opened with a four-play drive leading to 35-yard field goal to put the pressure on the Carolina offense. Mike Davis would tote it four plays in a row, converting a 3rd-and-3 to the Florida 14 to keep the drive rolling. Two plays later, facing third down at the 4-yard line, Thompson ran untouched to the left for the instant win.

Overtime would have never happened had it not been for another clutch play from the Gamecock special teams earlier on in the fourth quarter. With the home side ahead 17-10 and 3:40 left to play, Francisco Velez lined up to attempt a field goal from the 32 to make it a two-possession game. It would be knocked back by Brison Williams to keep it just a seven-point lead.

It appeared to be an all-too-familiar theme for South Carolina early on, as it would dominate the first quarter but would allow the Gators to storm back as the game wore on. Thompson orchestrated an eight play, 85-yard drive on the opening possession of the game, capitalized by a 20-yard touchdown run from Brandon Wilds. Elliott Fry added a 32-yard field goal in the team’s next possession to put the Gamecocks up 10-0, and Carolina would ultimately hold the ball for 11:30 of the opening quarter.

The Gators would use a potent run game to score the next 17 points and force the miraculous comeback from the Gamecocks. Quarterback Treon Harris ran 20 times for 111 yards, and the home side would total 219 yards rushing to just 60 passing on the day.

The Gamecocks would total 301 yards of offense on 80 plays while limiting Florida to 278 on 60, respectively. It is the first road win for the team since Vanderbilt on Sept. 20 and the first win at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium since 2010.

Carolina will return home next Saturday, Nov. 22 as it hosts South Alabama. The game will kickoff at noon and will be broadcasted on FOX Sports South.

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Breaking Down South Carolina at Florida

Breaking Down South Carolina at Florida

Posted on 12 November 2014 by Allen

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Coming off their second bye week of the season, the South Carolina Gamecocks (4-5, 2-5 SEC) get back into action
this week when they head to “The Swamp” to take on the Florida Gators (5-3, 4-3 SEC) in the final SEC contest of the 2014 season. Game time is set for noon ET at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548) in Gainesville. The SEC Network will televise the game nationally, with Dave Neal and Andre Ware in the booth and Laura Rutledge working
the sidelines. Sports USA has the national radio broadcast with Mike Morgan and Gary Barnett
describing the action.

This is the 35th meeting in a series that dates back to 1911. The Gators lead the all-time series, 24-7-3, including a 13-1 advantage in Gainesville. The Gamecocks have won three of the last four contests between the two squads after losing 18 of the previous 19 meetings. South Carolina won for the first time ever in Gainesville in 2010, 36-14, with the SEC Eastern Division title on the line.

Steve Spurrier owns a 4-5 record against his alma mater including a 1-3 mark in Gainesville. The first time he was on the opposing sideline, Spurrier defeated the Gators at Williams-Brice Stadium by a 30-22 score in 2005.
After four straight losses, he and the Gamecocks won in Gainesville by a 36-14 score for the SEC Eastern Division title in 2010. Carolina made it two straight with a 17-12 win in 2011 in Columbia. Florida won in 2012, the last time they met in Gainesville, by a 44-11 score. The Gamecockswon for the third time in four years with a 19-14
victory in Columbia last season.

The No. 11/12 Gamecocks rallied from a 14-6 halftime deficit to defeat the Florida Gators, 19-14, on November
16, 2013 at Williams-Brice Stadium in front of a home season-high crowd of 83,853. Elliott Fry booted a career-high four field goals and littleused tailback Shon Carson rushed for 102 yards on 13 carries, including a key fourth-quarter 58-yard burst that led to the game-winning points. Bruce Ellington scored Carolina’s only TD on
a 32-yard pass from Connor Shaw in the third quarter. The Gamecock defense pitched a shutout in the second half, holding the Gators to 130 total yards over the final two periods.

South Carolina is 1-2 on the road this season with two road games remaining, but are 13-7 in their last 20 true road contests. Five of the seven road losses in that stretch came to teams ranked in the top 11 in the country: at
No. 8 Arkansas in 2011, at No. 9 LSU and No. 3 Florida in 2012, at No. 11 Georgia in 2013, and at No. 5 Auburn this season. They have also lost to a pair of unranked teams in Tennessee (2013) and Kentucky (2014).

The Gamecocks have three regular season games remaining – at Florida, vs.South Alabama and at Clemson. They need two wins to secure their 10th-straight bowl eligible season. The Gamecocks have been a strong closer of late. They won the final four games of the 2011 season, the final five games of the 2012 season and a school-best six-consecutive wins to close the 2013 season.

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Florida is a 14.5 point favorite over Vandy

Florida is a 14.5 point favorite over Vandy

Posted on 04 November 2014 by Allen

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Florida is currently a 14.5 point favorite over Vanderbilt. The two teams will square off at Dudley Field on Saturday. The line opened at 15 offshore but money has come in on the Dores dropping it to 14.5.

The Gators beat Georgia last week even though they were a ten point favorite underdog. Florida has struggled on offense all season and after losing to Missouri at home three weeks ago many thought that Gators coach Will Muschamp would be fired. With the win over Georgia he may have bought himself a little time but a loss to Vandy would make his seat a little hotter.

Vanderbilt defeated Old Dominion last week 42-28. The Dores were a 7 point favorite but Johnny McCrary had the game of his life against the Monarchs to get the big home win. McCrary will be the starter but it will be harder to move the ball against Florida’s defense.

Last year the Commodores beat Florida in the Swamp shocking the Gators who were a ten point favorite.

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Bulldogs prep for Gators

Bulldogs prep for Gators

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Allen

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No. 9 Georgia practiced for just over two hours in full pads on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon. The Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) are preparing for this weekend’s annual clash with the Florida Gators (3-3, 2-3 SEC) in Jacksonville, Florida.

“It was a good day,” head coach Mark Richt said after the session. “We worked hard. I was pleased with the effort on both sides of the ball and in special teams. I don’t know if I would call it spectacular, but we certainly got in the work we needed to.”

On Monday, Richt announced Georgia’s captains for this weekend, including placekicker Marshall Morgan. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Morgan is the Bulldogs’ leading scorer this season, connecting on 8-of-10 field goals and 38-of-39 extra point attempts for 62 points. Assistant coach John Lilly, who also works with Georgia’s kickers, says Morgan’s performance on kickoffs has been equally impressive.

“Marshall is a guy who has a tremendous commitment to being the best, not only for Georgia or for this year. He wants to be the best ever,” Lilly said. “He approaches things that way in the offseason, and you’ve been able to see his hard work pay off over the past two seasons. Last year, he became a very accomplished PAT and field goal guy. This season, he’s been fantastic in the kickoff phase too. One of the big reasons he’s a captain for this game is the phenomenal job he did in the kickoff phase at Arkansas. He had four touchbacks. Obviously, we have 10 great guys running down there and covering his kicks to help us pin guys deep, but when it’s not a touchback he’s helped us get guys tackled inside the 20 a couple of times as well.”

Richt talked about the matchup with the Gators during the Bulldogs’ weekly press conference earlier on Tuesday as well.

“We’re looking forward to this game,” Richt said. “We have been two weeks. I think we’re ready to go again. It just seems like it didn’t take long to get everybody back focused on the task at hand yesterday. We know what’s at stake. I’ve got a lot of respect for Coach (Will) Muschamp and the Florida Gators.”

Saturday’s game will kick off at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on CBS.

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Muschamp isn’t fired yet

Muschamp isn’t fired yet

Posted on 20 October 2014 by Allen

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Florida AD Jeremy Foley came to the defense of Will Muchamp today. The internet has been buzzing that Muschamp could be fired sooner rather than later after getting destroyed at home by Missouri last week.

“At the beginning of the season we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out,’’ Foley said. “We will continue to do so. Our sole focus right now is supporting our coaching staff and players as they prepare for Georgia.”

The Gators finished 4-8 last year and many of the Florida faithful were calling for Muschamp’s head after the terrible season. The team is 3-3 with a bye week coming up before they head to Jacksonville to play Georgia. The Bulldogs are one of the hottest teams in the SEC and will likely be pretty big favorites when they faceoff on Nov. 1st.

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Will Muschamp Missouri Postgame Press Conference Video

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Will Muschamp Missouri Postgame Press Conference Video

Posted on 19 October 2014 by Allen

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Florida got smoked at home by Missouri, 42-13. It wasn’t even close and the Gators only scored when Missouri gave up some garbage touchdowns late in the game with their backups in. The Tigers defense was all over the place and the Florida offense was pretty much non existent.

Muschamp took the blame in the postgame press conference but noted their would be a team meeting on Sunday. “That’s what some of our guys need to do, they need to look in the mirror.” He also noted that he didn’t see anyone hanging their heads like last season.

When asked if he was concerned about his job Muschamp replied, “I’m really concerned about this football team.”

It will be interesting to see if Muschamp gets the axe before Georgia in two weeks. With a bye week coming up, and if a change was going to be made now would be the time to do it. Florida will be a big underdog to Georgia and if they lose that one the fans are going to come unglued in Gainesville.

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Breaking down Missouri at Florida

Breaking down Missouri at Florida

Posted on 14 October 2014 by Allen

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The Missouri Tigers (4-2 overall, 1-1 in Southeastern Conference play) hit the road for a Saturday showdown in the Swamp, as they head to Gainesville, Fla., where they’ll take on the Florida Gators (3-2, 2-2). Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (central time), with the game televised on ESPN2.

Mizzou is looking to bounce back from a tough outing, as the 13th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs came to Columbia, Mo. last Saturday and dealt the then 23rd-ranked Tigers a 34-0 loss. As the score would indicate, nothing much went Mizzou’s way in the ballgame, as MU was shutout for only the second time in Gary Pinkel’s tenure (2002 vs. Kansas State was the other). The Tigers turned the ball over five times (the most under Gary Pinkel), which hampered a respectable performance by Mizzou’s defense. Georgia had only 379 yards of offense, and had only one play from scrimmage over 15 yards all day long (an 18-yard run) despite running 87 snaps (to only 43 for MU).

The ball clearly wasn’t bouncing MU’s way on Saturday, as two of the Bulldogs’ interceptions came on passes that went through the hands of Tiger receivers. Additionally, Georgia fumbled two times, with the loose ball both times caroming directly to another Bulldog. A third potential fumble which was recovered by Mizzou deep in Bulldog territory, was wiped off by a kick-catch interference call on a Tiger punt.

Florida is also looking to rebound from a difficult loss, as the Gators are coming off a last-second 27-24 home loss to LSU last Saturday evening. The Gators drove to tie the game with a short field with 1:49 left in the game, and got the ball back near midfield with :54 seconds left, but a deflected pass three plays later was intercepted by LSU to set up a 50-yard game-winning field goal by the Tigers with just :03 seconds remaining. Three of Florida’s four SEC games this season have been decided by one score, as they have a 36-30 overtime home win over Kentucky, as well as a 10-9 road win at Tennessee, in addition to the slim defeat against LSU.

Mizzou is looking to continue the good mojo on the road that it has enjoyed recently, as the Tigers have won seven
consecutive away games heading into Saturday’s showdown at Florida. Mizzou went a sterling 5-0 on the road in 2013 (onthe way to a 12-2 overall record), and combined with a 49-24 win at Toledo in game #2 this year, followed by a dramatic 21-20 comeback win at South Carolina (erasing a 13-point deficit with just 7:25 left to play – tying for the biggest 4th-quarter comeback win in school history), Mizzou has won seven straight road games, and hasn’t lost since ending the 2012 season at Texas A&M.

No-one ever likes losing a ballgame, but there’s an old adage about how important it is to not let one loss get you beat twice. In other words, good teams find a way to learn from a loss, put it in the rearview mirror, and get back to their winning ways.

Gary Pinkel’s Tigers have shown good resiliency in recent years after suffering setbacks. Pinkel’s teams are 11-3 overall from 2011-present in the next game after a loss, including 7-2 in that scenario since joining the SEC in 2012.

Mizzou bounced back nicely earlier this year from a loss to Indiana, when the next week, they rallied for a dramatic 21-20 road win at South Carolina. In 2013, Mizzou lost only twice during a 12-2 championship season, but the Tigers kept the damage minimal, winning the next game both times. The 2012 squad was 4-2 in bounce-back opportunities, while the 2011 team was 4-1 overall in games following a defeat.

Mizzou’s Gold Rush game annually brings an electric atmosphere to Faurot Field, and No. 22 Florida felt that energy
as visitors to Columbia last season (Oct. 19, 2013). The Tigers improved to 7-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 67,124 with a 36-17 victory.

At the time, the 36 points were the most against a Florida team in league play since Oct. 8, 2011,
when LSU scored 41 in Baton Rouge. Mizzou also snapped UF’s streak of 13 consecutive games holding an SEC opponent to 20 points or fewer.

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Will Muschamp enjoys seeing disappointed UT fans

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Will Muschamp enjoys seeing disappointed UT fans

Posted on 04 October 2014 by Allen

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UT packed Neyland Stadium with their checkerboard but in the end it was Florida coming out with the 10-9 win to win their tenth straight against the Vols.

After the game Will Muschamp had some thoughts about the fans in attendence.

“It’s great seeing all these people out here getting disappointed”

The win may have saved Muschamp’s job, for now. The Gators coach has been under fire after a terrible 2013 season that saw his team only win four games.

Next week Florida will head back home to face LSU in the Swamp. The Vols will play Chattanooga at home.

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Max Garcia Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Max Garcia Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Posted on 08 September 2014 by Allen

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University of Florida redshirt senior Max Garcia earned the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week honor for his performance in the Gators’ 65-0 season-opening victory over Eastern Michigan, the league office announced Monday.

Garcia anchored an offensive line that tallied 655 total offensive yards and 25 first downs. The Norcross, Ga., native served as the core of an offense that averaged 7.6 yards per play. In his first career start at center, Garcia recorded three knockdowns and graded out at 97% assignment, 85% technique and 91% effort across 74 plays, according to UF coaches upon video review of Saturday’s win.

Next up, the Gators return to The Swamp to take on Kentucky (2-0, 0-0 SEC) on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

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Florida-Idaho game ruled no contest, will play in 2017

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Florida-Idaho game ruled no contest, will play in 2017

Posted on 04 September 2014 by Allen

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University of Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley and University of Idaho Athletics Director Rob Spear have agreed that Saturday night’s game has been declared a no contest and that not rescheduling the game is the only viable option for both programs.

The two schools, however, have agreed to schedule a game in Gainesville for the 2017 season on a date to be determined later.

“We looked at a number of options and, in the end, we both thought it was in the best interest of our student-athletes and football programs to play out the remainder of our respective schedules as they stand,” Foley said.

Florida will fulfill the terms of the contract between the two schools and pay Idaho its $975,000 guarantee by February 1, 2015, as outlined in the agreement.

“I want to thank UF, especially AD Jeremy Foley, for the professional and first-class way they worked through this issue and the focus on student-athlete welfare,” Spear said. “It was not in our best interest to play 10 consecutive weeks without a bye week. We look forward to our return to Florida in 2017.”

University of Idaho fans who purchased their ticket through the Idaho ticket office can contact the ticket office at tickets@uidaho.edu for refund information.

All fans who purchased a ticket through the Gator Ticket Office to the season opener vs. Idaho will be given a full refund of the single-game ticket price that they paid for the game. This includes all Gator Booster and UF Student Season-Ticket holders, single-game, group and mini-plan ticket holders who purchased through GatorZone, those who called, visited, mailed their order in to the Gator Ticket Office or those who purchased through the TicketMaster Exchange site. The regular ticket price for the Idaho game was $25, the student ticket price was $15 and group ticket pricing varied.

All fans who used a credit card to purchase their tickets will automatically be issued a refund back to the credit card that was originally used for the transaction by Sept. 8, 2014. Any fan who purchased tickets in advance of the game on Saturday and paid with cash or a check will receive a refund check in the mail by Sept. 22, 2014. Fans who purchased tickets with cash the day of the football game will have until 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 to contact the Gator Ticket Office at (352) 375-4683, ext. 6800 to inquire about their refund.

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No make up game for Florida and Idaho yet…

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No make up game for Florida and Idaho yet…

Posted on 31 August 2014 by Allen

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There was one play Saturday night during the non-conference football game between the Idaho Vandals and Florida Gators. The winner of the evening, though, was the weather that included lightning and at times torrential rains.

After a nearly three-hour delay, Idaho kicked off to the Gators who returned the ball to the Vandal 20. Moments after the ball was spotted, officials called the game again because of lightning in the area. The on-again, off-again rain resumed as well. After another delay of almost an hour, the game was ‘terminated’ because of unsafe field conditions. There were more than 1,000 lightning strikes reported in the area and there was a flood warning.

University of Idaho Director of Athletics Rob Spear said a decision about whether or not to play the game at another time would be made over the next few days.

In a prepared statement, University of Florida officials said:

“Game officials for the Florida-Idaho football game, as well as athletics directors from both schools, in conjunction with the Southeastern Conference, have determined that the game between the Gators and Vandals has been suspended. This is due to weather, unsafe and unplayable field conditions at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday night.

“According to the SEC rule book, if a game is suspended before the end of the fourth period and cannot be resumed, there are four possible options:

1. Resume the game at a later date;

2. Terminate the game with a determined final score;

3. Forfeit of the game; or

4. Declare a no contest.

“The athletics directors from both schools, in consultation with the coaches, must agree on one of the four options listed above. This agreement will include the final score if the game is terminated.

“If the game is resumed, it will begin with the same time remaining and under the identical conditions of down, distance, field position and player eligibility.”

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Muschamp changes practice around to avoid injuries

Muschamp changes practice around to avoid injuries

Posted on 05 August 2014 by Allen

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In 2013 the injury bug bit the Gators hard. Before the season even started senior WR Andre Debose tore his ACL and starting offensive lineman Chaz Green suffered from a torn labrum. Then in the first month of the season starting QB Jeff Driskel, and senior captain and defensive tackle Dominique Easley both went down for the season.

Florida head football coach Will Muschamp needs all his guys to stay healthy and is even shaking things up with camp to avoid more injuries.

“We’re changing a little bit practice time,” said Muschamp. “We’re going to go in the morning more than we have in the past. We usually incorporated a midday practice off a two-a-day. I think we only have three or four. The midday practice was hard from the standpoint of the heat and also weather. Sometimes you get lightening. We’re going to practice every morning.”

“When we do have opportunities, per the rules, to have a two-a-day practice, go later at night and a little lighter than we had been doing before so it won’t be as taxing for the players.”

“My biggest concern is being able to have guys hydrated here in this heat, and sometimes I think going in the morning and eliminating the midday practice will help us. It won’t be as taxing.”

If Florida can avoid the injuries like last year and Jeff Driskel is back to normal the Gators could be in the mix to win the East and play in Atlanta. But if things go south Muschamp could be in a lot of trouble.

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Muschamp says Florida buried 2013 seaon, ready to move forward

Muschamp says Florida buried 2013 seaon, ready to move forward

Posted on 04 August 2014 by Allen

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After a terrible season in 2013 Florida coach Will Muschamp is ready for the 2014 campaign to get underway. With 7 straight losses to end the season last year goes down as one of the most disappointing teams in recent memory. Losses to Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern at home are a rarity. But according to Muschamp he buried the 4-8 record and is starting fresh this Fall.

“I think that that’s something we sort of buried to start the summer,” said Muschamp on Sunday. “It was great motivation through spring and the off season workouts, but something we’ve still go to deal with. I mean, it’s there. I addressed our team about our preparation, about our attitude, about our embracing adversity, having a competitive edge every day. To stick your head in the sand and pretend it was all injuries, that’s not right. You will fool yourself if you believe that. We addressed a lot of those things in the off season and moving forward. We’re getting ready to get started with the 2014 Florida football team.”

Florida was indeed hampered with injuries last year but if Jeff Driskel comes back at 100% Florida could be the darkhorse to with the SEC East in 2014.

In Muschamp’s first season in 2012 the Gators finished 11-1 in the regular season. But despite being double digit favorites Florida lost in the Sugar Bowl to Louisville. And after the 4-8 season last year the pressure is really on for Muschamp. A lot of fans were asking for his head but Florida AD Jeremy Foley stood by him. If things don’t get turned around this year Muschamp could be a dead man walking in 2014.

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