No. 18/19 Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp made his scheduled appearance Wednesday on the Southeastern Conference‘s weekly coaches teleconference, as did Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones. Both touched on a number of topics concerning his respective team heading into Saturday’s game.
Muschamp explained that junior cornerback Marcus Roberson (knee) and redshirt sophomore right tackle Tyler Moore (ankle) were both “a little gimpy” during practice on Tuesday but “should be OK” on Saturday and active for the game as the Gators take on the Volunteers. He also noted that junior quarterback Jeff Driskel (knee) and redshirt senior right guard Jon Halapio have looked “really good” in practice and said Florida is healthy heading into the game.
FRESHMEN / REDSHIRT BREAKDOWN
Asked to go in-depth on which freshmen Florida may be redshirting this season, Muschamp began discussing which players have already contributed for the Gators and others that could before the season is out. Below is a breakdown of the freshmen that have played, may see action or are already headed toward the redshirt designation.
Active (9): Running back Kelvin Taylor; wide receivers Demarcus Robinson, Ahmad Fulwood and Chris Thompson; cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, linebackers Alex Anzalone, Jarrad Davis and Daniel McMillian; safety Keanu Neal
Muschamp said Taylor is “a guy that we will continue to try to get involved with the offense,” while he considers Hargreaves “a starter for us at this time based on how he’s playing and performing and producing.”
Next up (1): Defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick
Redshirt likely (12): DTs Caleb Brantley and Antonio Riles; punter Johnny Townsend; wide receivers Alvin Bailey and Marqui Hawkins; defensive lineman Joey Ivie; QB Max Staver; RB Adam Lane; offensive linemen Cameron Dillard, Octavius Jackson, Roderick Johnson and Trevon Young
Medical redshirt likely (4): Defensive backs Marcell Harris (knee) and Nick Washington (shoulder); LB Matt Rolin (ACL); DL Jordan Sherit (ACL)
NOTES AND QUOTES
» Muschamp on how Driskel has improved this season: “I think he just has more command of what we’re doing as far as the offense is concerned, year two of our scheme and our system here. As much as anything, the game has slowed down for him. He made a couple forced throws in the last ballgame but also made some really nice throws down the field, did some nice things with our offense as far as run game and pass game were concerned. I think, as much as anything, just command, anticipation and the confidence in the guys around him, not just understanding what he needs to do but all 11 guys.”
» Muschamp on preparing for a game not knowing who will play quarterback for the other team: “We will make our adjustments on game day. That’s really what it comes down to. … Obviously different guys have different strengths and they’re going to accentuate those guys in different ways. We’ll just make the adjustments on game day. That’s part of the deal.”
» Muschamp on assistant Joker Phillips being hard on the wide receivers in practice: “He brings credibility in the meeting room for our players. Our players understand to pay attention to him that they’ll become better players. That to me, when you bring that credibility because of where you’ve been and what you’ve accomplished as a coach, certainly helps in this day and age. He’s a good football coach. He’s very demanding and any good football coach I’ve been around is very demanding.”
» Jones on his overall evaluation of Florida: “Florida presents so many challenges for you in all three aspects of the game. Offensively with their multiple personnel groupings and formations and run game and play action; and obviously defensively very, very multiple on defense – very, very talented. And then special teams, with the different things that they do as well. All three compliment great, great football players. Florida is a very, very well-coached football team.”
» Jones on how the Vols can beat the Gators: “We will have to be a team that overachieves on Saturday.”
» Jones on what he sees from Florida’s offense: “First of all, it starts up front – very, very physical and talented offensive line, good running backs, skill on the perimeter. I think Driskel is doing a good job at quarterback. He can run it; he can throw it. Fourteen different personnel groupings and different formations. Everything is being gap sound and gap conscientious. It really presents a lot of issues with your run fits and the play action off of it. And then you couple it with very talented players, so it’s going to be a great challenge.”
» Jones on the Gators’ toughness: “Our physicality is going to be challenged greatly this week.”