9/12: Will Muschamp’s SEC teleconference

By Adam Silverstein
September 12, 2012

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp made an appearance Wednesday during the Southeastern Conference‘s weekly coaches teleconference and touched on a number of topics surrounding his team and its upcoming game against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday at 6 p.m. live on ESPN.

» Muschamp on if senior running back Mike Gillislee (groin) is healthy enough to play: “Yeah, he practiced yesterday. He looked good.”

» Muschamp on if it was X’s and O’s or an overall mentality that changed for Florida in the second half against Texas A&M: “I think our attitude was great in the first half. We didn’t get the results we wanted. We just played more disciplined football [in the second half]. That was the thing. You play a quarterback with legs, you got to be very disciplined in your rush lanes and we were not in the first half. We had some guys that wanted to do their own thing, run up the field and back-door blocks. That’s not how we play. I said it after the game, I’m absolutely never disappointed with this group as far as their work ethic, as far as their commitment, as far as their toughens, as far as playing hard and their effort. They do that. We just got to play a little smarter here and there.”

» Muschamp on the difficulties of replacing a big-time quarterback and leader like Tim Tebow: “Everyone looks at the numbers of rushing, throwing, winning games, championships. All of those things are things you can look at but what you don’t realize is the leadership. And I certainly, here at Florida, we were void the year before I got here in talking to Urban [Meyer] and now last year.

“What happens to you is you become so dependent on that guy – your team, your staff, everybody in the organization. And I feel the same way about Colt McCoy at Texas. You become so dependent offensively; defensively as well [knowing] he’s going to make a play. ‘We’re going to be OK here because he’s going to make it happen.’ And then you lose that guy. It’s a leadership standpoint. I don’t know the exact word I’m looking for but there’s a void in your program from a playmaking standpoint and people always knowing that he’s going to be there and he’s going to bail us out right here.

“I think that there’s a psychological loss as much as there is athletically. When one of those guys moves on suddenly it affects the staff. It affects the coaches. You had this guy that made so many plays and made so many things right that were not necessarily the perfect picture we were looking for. I certainly witnessed it first-hand with Colt and now being in the chair I am now, knowing what Tim brought to his program was so much more than what he did on the field.”

» Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley on Florida redshirt junior tight end Jordan Reed: “He’s one of their big weapons. Any time you have a good run game the tight end is always important for the play actions, the quick flats when you’re in there hammering in the run. He’s a weapon. He’s a good player. I’m sure he’ll be playing in the NFL one day. He makes that offense harder to defend.”

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