By Edgar Thompson | Orlando Sentinel
1:32 PM PST, November 5, 2012
Opening statement from Will Muschamp's Monday press conference:
“Just recapping Missouri a little bit, I thought we had a really good crowd especially for an early kick and I know our players really appreciate that. It’s always exciting to play there in The Swamp. I want to complement our team again for our resolve and the character we have in the locker room. Just continue to find ways to win, and that’s a credit to them and coming together and having a really a strong unit as far as our entire football team. I’m really proud of our football team.
“Team stat. Again, explosives, turnovers, we won both, and when you’re able to do that you’re going to win a lot of football games. Offensively, I thought we were efficient in running the ball. We needed to get some things cleaned up, they did a nice job up front, they had a good front. Certainly Richardson was as good as advertised. Very pleased with the explosive plays. Obviously the deep ball to Frankie was a well-thrown and well-constructed play by Brent and our offensive staff and Jeff hit it. It was, you know the screen pass was a big play. We’ve done a nice job with our screens, especially in the last two games. And then the wildcat package with Omarius, we need to continue to get him the ball more. Obviously needed improvement on third down. You’re two of 13, you can’t extend drives in our league for various reasons. Catching the football, protecting a little better in some situations, better route running, some different things that we certainly can improve on. And then details up front. We had obviously some new guys starting. I thought D.J. Humphries did a good job. I thought Ian Silberman filled in for Jimmy Wilson well. Jon Harrison, Jon Halapio and Chaz, for the most part. When Pio went down, Sam Robey. So a lot of moving parts up front. Really our left side was all new for most of the game. Those guys did a good job. Again, some communication issues up front. They stemmed and did some different things, credit to them. But we've got to be able to pick those things up. It wasn't anything we hadn't prepared for. Just need to continue to work to get better there.
“Player of the game: Hunter Joyer is a guy that's had an outstanding year. very unsung, but blocks extremely well. A lot of the runs were springing because of him. He made a great block for Omarius. But really this is a season award for him. He had a really good game Saturday, but he's played consistently well all season for us. And Frankie Hammond. A guy that catches a touchdown pass, gets called back, he comes back on the screen and makes just a great block on their linebacker to spring Gilly and then Jon Harrison and Jon Halapio do an outstanding job on the perimeter. So both of those guys have played consistently well all season for us.
“Scrap iron was Jon Halapio and Jon Harrison. Thought both of them had solid football games. Big play awards offensively went to Trey Burton, Mike Gillislee and Omarius Hines.
“Defensively, when you give up seven points, you're going to win some games. We gave up a little more yards than we wanted to in some spots, especially in the first half. His legs hurt us. We went to more zone in the second half and were able to get more eyes on the ball and do a better job with our four-man rush. I think we wore them down a little bit as far as our up front.
“Four turnovers and a blocked field goal and we met our run-pass per play goals. When you're able to do that and take 86 snaps, I mean you're doing some good things. Really, there was a little more yards than maybe we've given up this year, but there was a lot more snaps than we've played. We need to improve third down, we were not as good as we've been on third down. We're one of the better third-down defenses in the country, and certainly James Franklin did a nice job of keeping some plays alive, so you've got to credit him on that. Just some execution of some things, I didn't think we were as clean as we needed to be, some things we had prepared for. We've just got to do a better job with those things.
"But player of the game, again, Josh Evans. I thought he played very well. He has played consistently well for us this entire season, is really having a good year for us.
“Sharrif Floyd. Sharrif was very difficult to block inside in this ball game, and has been for most part of the season. He’s playing his natural position inside. He’s having a fantastic year. Ball hawks were Bostic, Easley, Elam, Evans, Purifoy and Watkins. Special teams, we downed three punts inside the 10. Anytime you’re doing that... wasn’t necessarily Kyle’s best day, but we covered well and Loucheiz made a fantastic play on the sideline. You see why we like he a lot. The player of the game would Purifoy and Pop Saunders. Pop did a good job coming in and filling in for Andre and returning punts and fielding the ball. He made some good decisions as far as that was concerned, especially down on the 10-yard line as far as fielding the ball and not getting pinned too far back. Pleased with that. We need to continue to make strides. It wasn’t our best kicking day, obviously, but certainly our coverage units were pretty strong again.
“Injury wise, we had a bunch of guys banged up in the game. Mack Brown right now would be the only one I would say is questionable for this weekend. Debose, Sturgis, Wilson, Nixon, McCray, Halapio, Elam are all probable to this point. I will not practice any of those guys today. They will be in the training room today. They are all expected to practice tomorrow based on the information I had today. Some of it will be full practice, some may not be as much, but I expect all of those guys to be back on the practice field tomorrow and we’ll see how much they can do as we move forward in the week. Mack Brown would be the only one that’s going to be questionable for this weekend.
“As far as some other roster management, Jafar Mann and I met last night and he decided to transfer. He and I agreed that it’s time for him to move on.
“Great week here, homecoming at UF, playing the University of Louisiana. A coach that I’ve got tremendous respect for in Mark Hudspeth. He was the offensive coordinator at Delta State. I can’t remember the year. I was the defensive coordinator at Valdosta State the year they won the national championship. He does a great job offensively. They’re averaging, I think, 35 points a game and 435 yards. Spread offense. They do a good job of the quarterback as far as some of the gun runs that they employ and they got a lot of speed at the skill positions. They’ve moved the ball vs. everybody they’ve played. Greg Stewart is the defensive coordinator. He’s a really good friend of mine and a guy that does an outstanding job. He was at Jacksonville State for a lot of years and has been with Mark the last two years down in Lafayette.”
“Again, we’ve got our work cut out for us again. It’s homecoming, Gator Growl, Friday night our seniors will be there and we’re excited about that. It’s a really exciting time here at the University of Florida and I know it’s important for us to get back in the Swamp and play well again."
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