8/31: Will Muschamp’s SEC teleconference

By Adam Silverstein
August 31, 2011

With the Florida Gators just days away from their first regular season game under head coach Will Muschamp on Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Florida Atlantic Owls, he spoke with the media during the first Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference of the fall to provide some insight about where his team is at going into into the season.

OPENING STATEMENT & INJURY UPDATES

“I’m excited about Saturday obviously. Florida Atlantic – I have great respect for Coach [Howard] Schnellenberger and the team that he will be in. our guys are anxious to play a game like most everybody in college football. I’m pleased with our preparation at this point as a staff has been outstanding. We’re looking forward to teeing it up and we’re judged on game day, so that’s what we’re looking forward to.”

Redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley (back): Active with no restrictions – “He’s really responded well to the treatments and different things that we’ve done. We have an outstanding medical staff here.”

Redshirt junior cornerback Jeremy Brown (knee): Questionable – ran yesterday

Redshirt junior wide receiver Omarius Hines (hamstring): Questionable

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Dee Finley (shoulder): Questionable – non-contract practice on Tuesday, meeting with doctor Wednesday

NOTES & QUOTES

On Texas A&M going to the SEC: “If that happens, so be it. […] It’s a great state of high school football. The high school coaches are outstanding in the state of Texas. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

On if he is preparing differently for the game as a head coach: “I prepared like I always do. […] As far as the football is concerned, no, I prepared the same I did as a coordinator. I’m looking forward to making great decisions on game day and representing the University of Florida in a first-class manner.”

On his sideline manner during the game: “I plan on being emotional, that’s kind of me as far as the game is concerned and the competition. Don’t let it cloud your judgment on game day.”

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