8/29: Players self-motivated to work hard in 2012

Florida Gators redshirt sophomore tackle Chaz Green and sophomore fullback Hunter Joyer met with the media on Wednesday to discuss the season opener set for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against the Bowling Green Falcons.

2011 WAS ALL THE MOTIVATION THE GATORS NEEDED

Ending the 2011 regular season with a paltry 6-6 record was enough motivation for Florida to work hard this offseason, Green said on Wednesday. In fact, he said the players did not even need the coaches reminding them how poorly they played to know that things had to change quickly.

“The year we had, there wasn’t much that needed to be said. We kind of just knew the mindset. We came in and everybody was hungry; everybody knew what we had to do. It wasn’t about talking or about pointing fingers. Everybody knew we didn’t have a good year. We have to get back to where we can be, where we should be,” he said.

One thing that did stick out the team’s mind, however, was head coach Will Muschamp calling them soft near the end of the regular season. Though he would only speak for his unit in particular, Green noted that the offensive line knew they needed to do better.

“I think we took that personally as a team,” he said. “We can only worry about us as the O-line. We realized there were things we had to improve on. We worked on that in the spring and feel that we’re stronger, ready to go.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» Green said that he may be on the first team for the season opener, but he considers himself one of three starters (along with senior Xavier Nixon and redshirt junior Matt Patchan, who is out for the game) and not two. “It’s not really a ‘starter;’ it’s three guys that can rotate – three starters,” he said.

» Green on the quarterback competition: “There’s just so much [other stuff] that we got to worry about. Both guys we respect a lot. Whoever they go with, we’re fine with. We like both guys. They’re both great quarterbacks.”

» Green on freshman guard Jessamen Dunker: “He’s just one of those guys…you know he’s an O-lineman. He’s a nasty guy.”

» Green on if redshirt junior G Jon Halapio would be a good defensive tackle: “I think he’d be all right. Maybe short yardage, goal line, run stopper. He ain’t rushing no quarterback though, I’ll tell you that.”

» Joyer on the defense: “They’re looking great. I think they’ll be one of the top defenses in college football this year, to be honest. All the linebackers, defensive line, defensive backs are doing great as well.”

» Joyer on if the motions and shifts will continue the offense’s pre-snap penalty issues from a year ago: “I think our penalties will be way down this year.”

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