No. 2 Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp and No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt made appearances Wednesday on the Southeastern Conference‘s weekly coaches teleconference and touched on a number of topics surrounding their respective teams and the game on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Though he was expected to be questionable for this weekend, freshman wide receiver Latroy Pittman (ankle) practiced on Tuesday and is expected to be able to play on Saturday, Muschamp said. He also added that junior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (hamstring), who was supposed to return to practice Monday, will instead try and return Wednesday but is questionable to play.
Richt noted during his portion of the teleconference that starting defensive end Abry Jones (ankle) will be out of action. Though he is a starter, Jones does not make many impact plays for Georgia.
NO SPECIAL APPROACH FOR FLORIDA-GEORGIA
Muschamp has explained all season long that his approach to the team this year is to remain even-keel heading into every game and that no one opponent is more important than another. He expanded on that general thought on Wednesday.
“We approach all games the same. I know no one wants to hear that but that’s the way we do it here,” he said. “I think that when you consistently approach things the same way, you promote consistent performance in your players and you don’t get a lot of peaks and valleys with how they play and how they approach it.”
So while the coaching staff may not be riling up the team in any special way, Muschamp said that the Gators know they are playing the Bulldogs and are well aware of what is on the line – a trip to the SEC Championship.
“We understand what’s at stake. When you got on the practice field on Monday, our guys were excited. You don’t need much pep talks to get them going. You don’t need to find different ways to try and motivate them this week. They will be excited to play,” he said.
Muschamp also addressed Florida’s turnaround this season and noted that, while he did make a few adjustments to his coaching style, his belief system in how to properly run a team and be a successful coach has remained the same.
“The things that we didn’t change is philosophically our core values in the program and what we believe and what we want to be as a football program. That’s what you can’t do,” he said. “It’s one thing to tweak something, but you can’t start changing every time it doesn’t work for sake of change. We never wavered. I never wavered on the path of the program and where we were headed.”