No. 22/22 Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp made his scheduled appearance Wednesday on the Southeastern Conference‘s weekly coaches teleconference and touched on a number of topics surrounding his team heading into Saturday’s road contest against the No. 14/14 Missouri Tigers.
Muschamp updated the status of redshirt junior Sam linebacker Ronald Powell (ankle), noting that he did not participate in practice on Monday or Tuesday but should be cleared to return to the field on Wednesday.
He also said that sophomore running back Matt Jones (torn meniscus) had successful surgery on Monday. “We feel like he came out of that surgery well, and we’ll see how that progresses,” he said.
Gators senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee) tweeted Tuesday that he was headed to Pensacola, FL on Wednesday for surgery. Muschamp confirmed that Easley would be going under the knife with Dr. James Andrews performing the procedure. Easley will have surgery at Andrews’ Gulf Breeze, FL, facility.
FIELD GOAL KICKING
Clarifying the situation regarding Florida’s kickers, Muschamp confirmed that redshirt junior walk-on Frankie Velez would continue getting most field goal attempts, trying every kick from 47 yards out or closer.
Redshirt freshman Austin Hardin does have a stronger leg, he noted, so he would likely be called on for any exceptionally long field goals. Hardin will also continue handling kickoffs.
The competition remains open on a week-to-week basis.
NOTES AND QUOTES
» On if the defense needs help from Florida’s offense: “We just need to play well defensively. Our defense doesn’t need to worry about what our offense does. They need to play well, and we didn’t play well Saturday in Baton Rouge.”