11/5: Muschamp pleased with Florida’s resolve

No. 6 Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp met with the media on Monday to review the team’s hard-fought 14-7 victory over the Missouri Tigers and preview Saturday’s game against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

INJURY UPDATES

Though the Gators dealt with a rash of injuries both last week and during the game Saturday, Muschamp said that only redshirt sophomore running back Mack Brown (ankle) is listed as “questionable” for this week’s contest.

However, there are at least seven players who are “probable” for the Louisiana-Lafayette game including redshirt junior wide receiver Andre Debose (knee), redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis (ankle), redshirt senior left guard James Wilson (knee), senior left tackle Xavier Nixon (knee), redshirt senior Buck linebacker Lerentee McCray (ankle), redshirt junior right guard Jon Halapio (ankle) and junior S Matt Elam (unknown).

Muschamp said none of the players will practice on Monday but he expects everyone listed as “probable” to participate in some way beginning on Tuesday.

PLAYER AWARDS

Offensive Players of the Game: Redshirt senior WR Frankie Hammond, Jr. and sophomore fullback Hunter Joyer
“[Joyer is] a guy that is having an outstanding year. He’s very unsung but blocks extremely well. A lot of the runs that we’re springing are because of him. He made a great block for Omarius [Hines]. Really, this is a season award for him. He had a really good game Saturday, but he’s played consistently well all season for us.”

Scrap Iron: Halapio, redshirt junior center Jonotthan Harrison

Big Plays: Hines, junior RB Trey Burton, senior RB Mike Gillislee

Defensive Players of the Game: Senior S Josh Evans and junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd
“I thought [Evans] played very well. He’s played consistently well for us this entire season and really is having a good year for us.”
* Floyd was also named SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week
“Sharrif was very difficult to block inside in this past ballgame and has been for the most part this season. He’s really playing his most natural position inside…and having a fantastic year.”

Ball Hawks: Evans, Elam, senior Mike linebacker Jon Bostic, junior defensive end Dominique Easley, sophomore cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, junior CB Jaylen Watkins

Special Teams Players of the Game: Purifoy, sophomore S De’Ante Saunders

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11/2: Florida vs. Missouri post-game report

No. 7 Florida Gators football (8-1, 7-1 SEC) concluded its Southeastern Conference slate with a tough 14-7 victory over the Missouri Tigers (4-5, 1-5 SEC) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Saturday. Florida won a share of the SEC East with the victory but now must hope that Georgia loses in order to earn a trip to the 2012 SEC Championship. Gators head coach Will Muschamp met with the media and provided some of his thoughts after the game.

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» The Gators are now 12-1 against unranked opponents under Muschamp and 4-1 in 2012 when trailing at the half after going 0-5 in such situations one year ago.
» Florida is undefeated (10-0) under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards, 8-1 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards and 12-3 when holding an opponent to under 21 points
» The Gators were 0-2 in the red zone Saturday and are now 27-of-33 (81.8 percent) on the season with just 17 touchdowns (51.1 percent) from that field position.
» Florida converted just 2-of-13 third down opportunities and is now 48-for-128 (37.5 percent) this year.
» Despite entering the game fourth nationally in time of possession margin, the Gators were out-possessed by 7:54 on Saturday.
» Florida’s defense once again dominated the second half (14-0). The Gators are outscoring opponents 138-38 in the second half and 71-20 in the fourth quarter.
» UF is +11 in turnover margin through nine games after being -12 in 2011 and has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (340) since 2000.
» Florida has grabbed 15 interceptions so far in 2012 and has nearly doubled its 2011 total of eight. Saturday (four picks) was the third time this season that UF has registered three or more interceptions in a single game this year.
» The Gators have scored six total points on six red zone trips over the last two games.

PLAYER NOTES

» Senior running back Mike Gillislee got back to his productive ways, averaging 4.2 yards and totalling 68 net yards. He also scored his eighth touchdown on the season on a 45-yard screen pass from sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel. His 113 all-purpose yards led the team and were even more than Driskel threw for in the contest (106).
» Four Gators – junior cornerback Jaylen Watkins, junior safety Matt Elam, senior Mike linebacker Jon Bostic and senior S Josh Evans – registered interceptions Saturday. Watkins and Elam each lead UF with three picks on the year.
» Six Florida players registered at least a portion of a tackle for loss (10 total) and four came together for four total sacks. Junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd picked up three tackles for loss, and freshman defensive end Jonathan Bullard notched 1.5 sacks, a career-first.

OPENING STATEMENT

“You know, after our first game of the year, I kind of made a statement that this is kind of who we are right now. As we move forward, we’re going to continue to improve offensively, and we’re going to become more explosive and more of what we want to be. But we’re doing what we have to do to win football games. I know one thing: There is no one that can question the resolve of that locker room, the adversity, the different guys that go down in the game and the guys that man-down and man-up. It hasn’t always been pretty, but I believe we’re the 12th team in UF history to win seven [SEC] games. That’s a credit to those players. It’s a credit to buying in, to hanging together, to facing adversity, to facing a tough schedule and what-not that you want to say, bouncing back after a tough week. I’m proud of the players to do what we had to do to win the football game. [...] The effort and the attitude and the resolve of the football team is as good as I’ve been around. Guys accept the challenge and accept the opportunity, embrace it and go after it. It’s not always pretty but that’s a credit to our kids.”

A few minutes later, Muschamp continued speaking about the team’s resolve.

“I’m a realist. I believe in being honest and calling it the way it is. When it stinks, it stinks. I think if we go back last year and pull your tape recorders out, I probably said it a couple times. When we’ve been able to win and do what we had to do to win the game, I’m not trying to downgrade it at all. This football team has as much resolve as a football team that I’ve been around. You want to look at the circumstances and situations? You want to talk about last week in six turnovers and you’re driving to tie the ballgame at the end. I’ve been part of a bunch of football teams that would have never been in that situation. It’s a credit to our players.”

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No. 7 Gators escape Tigers, finish 7-1 in SEC play

Four forced interceptions and two second-half touchdowns fueled the No. 7 Florida Gators to a come-from-behind 14-7 victory Saturday over the Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL.

The win marked Florida’s seventh Southeastern Conference victory in eight games, giving the Gators as many league victories as the team has accumulated over the last two seasons. Florida (8-1, 7-1 SEC) also held Missouri (4-5, 1-5 SEC) scoreless in the second half, assuring the Tigers finish their first SEC season with a losing league record.

The Gators were outgained 335-276 on offense and outpossessed by 7:54 over four quarters, a surprising statistic considering how dominant UF had been in time of possession this season.

After a scoreless first quarter, Florida got the opportunity to begin a possession in the red zone when junior cornerback Jaylen Watkins intercepted Mizzou quarterback James Franklin and brought the ball down to the Tigers’ 19-yard line. The Gators were unable to convert, however, losing six yards on first down, getting tagged for a delay of game penalty and having a 48-yard field goal by redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis blocked at the line of scrimmage.

Florida gave Missouri a similar opportunity just a few minutes later as senior running back Mike Gillislee was stripped and fumbled at UF’s 27-yard line. The Tigers needed six plays to get on the board as RB Kendi Lawrence scored a one-yard rushing touchdown to give his team a 7-0 lead with 6:10 remaining in the first half.

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Gameday: No. 7 Florida Gators vs. Missouri

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather Forecast: 75°F, sunny, winds NW at 4 mph
Time: 12:00 p.m. EDT

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No. 7 FLORIDA GATORS MISSOURI TIGERS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Gary Pinkel
Record: 7-1 (6-1 SEC) Record: 4-4 (1-4 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -17, O/U 42

HOMEWORK

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Brent Pease wants Florida’s offense back on track | Gators’ defense stepping up as a whole, Dan Quinn says | Muschamp updates team health and injuries

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida and Missouri will square off for just the second time in the history of the programs. The Tigers defeated the Gators 20-18 in the 1966 Sugar Bowl in the teams’ only other meeting (see: Last Time Out).
» In its first season as a member of the SEC, Missouri is looking for its second league win. Florida, on the other hand, can win seven SEC game for the 12th time in school history and first time since 2009.
» UF is one of two teams nationally (Notre Dame) with three victories over ranked opponents this season. The Gators are only team in the country with a pair of top-10 wins and earned them in consecutive home victories for the first time in school history. » The Gators are 11-1 against unranked opponents and 3-6 against ranked teams under Muschamp since he took over in 2011. Florida is 3-1 against ranked opponents this season with wins of Tennessee, LSU and South Carolina and a loss to Georgia.
» Florida was 0-5 when trailing at the half in 2011 but have started the 2012 season 3-1 in that category with all three victories vs. SEC opponents (two ranked).
» The Gators are 9-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and 1-5 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards. UF is also 11-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points, 9-3 when scoring first and 11-1 when leading at the half.
» Florida has scored on 27-of-31 red zone trips (87.1 percent) but have only converted 17 of those possessions (54.8 percent) into touchdowns.
» UF has converted 46-of-115 of its third-down attempts (40 percent) this season.
» The Gators have held their opponents to 30-of-116 on third down conversions (25.9 percent), which is good for fifth-best in the nation. UF was second nationally in third-down defense (27.3 percent) last season.
» Florida is averaging 34:04 in time of possession through eight games, a margin that ranks fourth nationally and just 12 seconds behind the country’s leader.
» The Gators are outscoring opponents 124-38 in the second half and 64-20 in the fourth quarter. UF was the only team in the nation that had not allowed a fourth-quarter point until three weeks ago.
» Florida had a stretch of not allowing a touchdown in nine-straight quarters and is fourth in scoring defense nationally (12.75 points per game).
» The Gators are +8 in turnover margin through eight games after being -12 in 2011. UF has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (336) since 2000.
» Florida has grabbed 11 interceptions so far in 2012 and has already surpassed its 2011 total of eight picks. UF has registered at least one pick in seven-of-eight games and has also forced seven fumbles.
» The Gators are third nationally in pass efficiency defense (90.63), sixth in total defense (280.9 yards per game) and 13th in rushing defense (100.5 yards per game).
» Florida has at least two kickoff returns for touchdowns in each of the last two seasons after never having more than one in a single season before 2010. UF has not yet registered a kick return (or punt return) in 2012.
» The Gators are first nationally in net punt average (44.48 yards per punt).
» Missouri is 16-4 in the month of November over the last five seasons.
» The Tigers are 111th nationally on third down, converting just 31.71 percent of their opportunities. Mizzou’s defense, however, is 10th nationally on third down, holding opponents to 29.73 percent on conversion attempts.
» Missouri is first in the SEC in punt return average, gaining 16.86 yards per try.
» The Tigers have recovered 14 fumbles on the season, second-most nationally to Louisiana Tech. Mizzou’s +6 turnover margin is a big reason why the team has been able to be competitive this year.

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No. 10 Georgia outsts No. 2 Florida 17-9 in hard-hitting, turnover-filled rivalry game

With an opportunity to clinch the Southeastern Conference East division for the first time since 2009, the No. 2 Florida Gators put together their worst game of the season, turning the ball over six times and failing to score a single touchdown as the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs outplayed them and completed a 17-9 upset victory.

Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC) now controls its SEC East destiny after taking down Florida (7-1, 6-1 SEC) in consecutive years for the first time since 1987-89. The Gators were held without a touchdown for the first time since Oct. 15, 2011 (at Auburn) and the first time against the Bulldogs since 1988.

Florida got off to a rough start on its first possession as sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel fumbled on the first play of the game when handing the ball off to senior running back Mike Gillislee. Driskel would recover his fumble but coughed the ball up again just two plays later, handing it over to Georgia on the 20-yard line. A pair of 10-yard gains resulted in a touchdown for Bulldogs freshman RB Todd Gurley and a 7-0 lead.

Things did not get any better for the Gators when they got the ball back as Florida converted a first down before turning it over on downs at the Georgia 36. Junior wide receiver Solomon Patton tried to convert a 4th-and-1 on a jet sweep but was taken down by his neck and seriously injured his arm on the play.

UF redshirt junior WR Andre Debose fumbled the ensuing punt return though redshirt senior WR Frankie Hammond, Jr. was able to recover it. The Gators then forced their first turnover of the game as redshirt sophomore linebacker Neiron Ball intercepted QB Aaron Murray but coughed the ball up again when Driskel fumbled three plays later.

With UGA on the nine-yard line and about to score, Florida senior safety Josh Evans intercepted Murray to begin UF’s best possession of the first half. The Gators used 15 plays to drive 70 yards and reduced their deficit to 7-3 after redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis connected on a 38-yard field goal.

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Gameday: No. 2 Florida Gators vs. No. 10 Georgia

Location: EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL [Capacity: 84,000]
Weather Forecast: 75°F, few showers (30% precipitation), winds NNW at 20 mph
Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT

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No. 2 FLORIDA GATORS No. 10 GEORGIA BULLDOGS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Mark Richt
Record: 7-0 (6-0 SEC) Record: 6-1 (4-1 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -6.5, O/U 45

HOMEWORK

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HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Georgia leads Florida 47-40-2 in the all-time series and boasts a 42-38-2 advantage in neutral sites. The two teams have played annually since 1944 with the Gators holding a 36-31-1 advantage in those 68 games. UF is also 18-4 in the last 22 meetings with UGA and has not dropped consecutive games to the Bulldogs since 1987-89.
» Muschamp, who played college football for Georgia, will be facing his alma mater for the ninth time in his coaching career; he is 3-5 in the prior eight contests. He is also 0-5 all-time in the UF-UGA series as a player and head coach, going 0-4 as a player and losing his sole game as a head coach in 2011.
» Richt is 3-8 against Florida since taking over as head coach.
» The Gators can clinch the SEC East for the first time since 2009 with a victory on Saturday. The Bulldogs cannot clinch the division but can put themselves in a prime position to win it with a victory.
» The Okefenokee Oar is up for grabs on Saturday and has been a trophy awarded to the game’s victor since 2009. It was fashioned from a 1,000-year-old cypress tree and represents the Okefenokee Swamp, which separates the states and was once part of a border dispute. The Oar is awarded to the student body president of the winning university and is not presented on the field.
» Florida is one of two teams nationally (Notre Dame) with three victories over ranked opponents this season. UF is the only team in the country with a pair of top-10 wins and earned them in consecutive home victories for the first time in school history.
» The Gators are 11-1 against unranked opponents and 3-5 against ranked teams under Muschamp since he took over in 2011. Florida earned all three victories over ranked opponents this season, defeating Tennessee, LSU and South Carolina.
» UF has started the season 7-0 for the first time since 2009 and sixth time in history.
» Florida was 0-5 when trailing at the half in 2011 but have started the 2012 season 3-0 in that category with all three victories vs. SEC opponents (two ranked).
» The Gators are 9-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and 1-4 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards. UF is also 11-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points, 9-3 when scoring first and 11-1 when leading at the half.
» Florida has scored on 25-of-27 red zone trips (92.6 percent) but have only converted 17 of those possessions (63 percent) into touchdowns.
» UF has converted 39-of-99 of its third-down attempts (39.3 percent) this season.
» The Gators have held their opponents to 29-of-106 on third down conversions (27.4 percent), which is good for fifth-best in the nation. UF was second nationally in third-down defense (27.3 percent) last season.
» Florida is averaging 34:07 in time of possession through seven games, a margin that ranks third nationally and just 25 seconds behind the country’s leader.
» The Gators are outscoring opponents 121-28 in the second half and 61-13 in the fourth quarter. UF was the only team in the nation that had not allowed a fourth-quarter point until two weeks ago.
» Florida had a stretch of not allowing a touchdown in nine-straight quarters and is fourth in scoring defense nationally (12.14 points per game).
» The Gators are +11 in turnover margin through seven games after being -12 in 2011. UF has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (333) since 2000.
» Florida has grabbed eight interceptions so far in 2012 (three games with two each) and has already tied its 2011 total of eight picks. UF has registered at least one pick in six-of-seven games and has also forced seven fumbles.
» The Gators are third nationally in pass efficiency defense (90.60), seventh in total defense (282.0 yards per game) and 10th in rushing defense (97.29 yards per game).
» Florida has at least two kickoff returns for touchdowns in each of the last two seasons after never having more than one in a single season before 2010. UF has not yet registered a kick return (or punt return) in 2012.
» The Gators are first nationally in net punt average (44.24 yards per punt).
» Georgia has an even turnover margin this season (10 gained, 10 lost).
» The Bulldogs have scored on 23-of-27 red zone trips (85.2 percent) and have converted 21 of those possessions (77.8 percent) into touchdowns.
» Georgia leads the nation in plays of 20+ yards this season with 45.
» Richt is the fourth-winningest active head coach (minimum 100 games) having been victorious in 74.1 percent of his games with the Bulldogs. He is 8-of-21 (29.6 percent) against top 10 opponents.
» Georgia is ranked anywhere from 47th to 75th nationally in every major defensive category except pass defense, in which UGA is 28th in the country.
» The Bulldogs have allowed 40-of-110 third-down attempts to be converted this season (36.36 percent), which is 49th nationally, 44 spots behind the Gators.
» Georgia is 109th nationally in net punt average (33.82 yards per punt), 108 spots behind Florida in the same category.

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Gameday: No. 2 Florida Gators vs. South Carolina

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather Forecast: 80°F, sunny, winds W at 9 mph
Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT

Tickets: Starting at $100 on TiqIQ

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No. 2 FLORIDA GATORS No. 7 USC GAMECOCKS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Steve Spurrier
Record: 6-0 (5-0 SEC) Record: 6-1 (4-1 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -3.5, O/U 41

HOMEWORK

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ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY

Florida will be featured on College GameDay for a nation-leading 35th time in school history. The Gators will be hosting the program for the 12th time but first since Nov. 28, 2009. UF has already appeared on College GameDay twice this season (2-0) as the visiting team at Texas A&M and Tennessee. Florida is 7-4 overall as hosts in Gainesville and 23-11 all-time when featured on the program.

» OGGOA’s Q&A with ESPN analyst Desmond Howard
» ESPN: Seven video previews of UF-USC

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida leads South Carolina 23-6-3 in the all-time series and boasts a 12-1-0 advantage in Gainesville with its first and only loss coming in the last meeting (2010). The two teams have played consecutively every year since 1992; the Gators are 17-3 in those games but have lost the last two marking their first time falling in consecutive games to the Gamecocks since the 1930s.
» UF is 4-3 against USC over the last seven years since Spurrier took over.
» Florida is 11-1 against unranked opponents and 2-5 against ranked teams since Muschamp took over the program in 2011. The Gators earned both victories over ranked opponents this season, defeating Tennessee on the road and LSU at home.
» This is the highest-ranked South Carolina team that Florida has ever faced.
» The Gators have started the season 6-0 for the first time since 2009 and the eighth time overall in school history.
» Florida defeated a ranked opponent at home for the first time since Nov. 15, 2008 and beat an SEC West team in Gainesville for the first time since Oct. 17, 2009.
» The Gators were 0-5 when trailing at the half in 2011 but have started the 2012 season 3-0 in that category with all three victories vs. SEC opponents (two ranked).
» Florida is 9-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and 0-4 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards. UF is also 10-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points, 8-3 when scoring first and 10-1 when leading at the half.
» The Gators have scored on 19-of-20 red zone trips (95 percent) but have only converted 11 of those possessions (55 percent) into touchdowns.
» Florida has converted 32-of-83 of its third-down attempts (38.6 percent) this season.
» The Gators have held their opponents to 26-of-92 on third down conversions (28.3 percent), which is good for seventh-best in the nation. UF was second nationally in third-down defense (27.3 percent) last season.
» Florida is out-possessing opponents by an average of 7:48 through six games, a margin that ranks fourth nationally.
» The Gators are outscoring opponents 98-23 in the second half and 57-10 in the fourth quarter. UF was the only team in the nation that had not allowed a fourth-quarter point until giving up 10 last week.
» Florida had a stretch of not allowing a touchdown in nine-straight quarters and is sixth in scoring defense nationally (12.3 points per game).
» The Gators are +7 in turnover margin through six games after being -12 in 2011. UF has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (329) since 2000.
» Florida has grabbed seven interceptions so far in 2012 (three games with two each) and is already closing in on its 2011 total of eight picks. UF has registered at least one pick in five games.
» The Gators are sixth nationally in pass efficiency defense.
» Florida has at least two kickoff returns for touchdowns in each of the last two seasons after never having more than one in a single season before 2010. UF has not yet registered one in 2012.
» South Carolina is facing its third top-10 opponent in as many weeks.
» Before losing last week, the Gamecocks had a school-record 10-game win streak.
» Spurrier is four wins away from holding sole possession of the school’s all-time wins record for a head football coach.
» South Carolina is the least penalized team in the SEC, losing an average of 34.3 yards per game via penalty.
» The Gamecocks are 12th nationally in total defense (296.3 yards per game).

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10/16-17: Florida players discuss team, USC game

Five Florida Gators players – redshirt senior wide receiver Frankie Hammond, Jr., senior safety Josh Evans, sophomore fullback Hunter Joyer, redshirt junior right guard Jon Halapio and redshirt sophomore right tackle Chaz Green – met with the media this week to discuss No. 2 Florida’s upcoming game against the No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks. Below are a few choice quotes from the players.

» Hammond on if he wishes the Gators threw the ball more on offense: “I’m a receiver. I’d rather them throw it to me the whole game because I’m the receiver. I want the ball. But you got to understand, that’s not the motive of the game. You got to run, you got to throw, you got to be balanced. If running is working, I have no problem blocking down field for [Mike] Gillislee, Matt Jones or any of those guys in the backfield. We’re just doing what it takes to win ballgames.”

» Evans on Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore: “He’s a good back, physical guy. I think he lost a step a little bit from what we’ve seen before, but he’s still showing statistics. Nothing to take away from him. […I think that’s due to the [ACL] injury.”

» Evans on head coach Will Muschamp ensuring that Florida plays better at home this year: “That’s something he talks to us about every day, about holding down The Swamp and make sure we keep everybody happy. [Losing] is one thing you don’t like to do. It’s a bad day when you lose in The Swamp. Everybody’s down and it takes a lot to get back after that. Winning in The Swamp means a lot to the defense and this team.”

» Evans on how the fans help each week: “Fans being behind us 100 percent gives us the energy and strength to move forward.”

» Joyer on not carrying the ball much and having a quiet role: “I really don’t care. That doesn’t bother me at all. I’m not looking for TV time or my name to be talked about a lot. I just want the team to do well and success for all of us.”

» Halapio on Gillislee: “Somehow he just finds little creases, little holes here and there. I feel like, when he gets to the second level, there is no stopping him.”

» Green on strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman: “Coach Dillman, he’s got a great plan and offseason for strength and containing. We like him a lot. We put a lot of our success towards him and the stuff he does. It benefits us on the field. We feel like we’re in the best shape we’ve been in, so we credit him a lot.”

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