No. 10 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 and Saturday’s game.
BACK AT PRACTICE
Muschamp announced Wednesday that sophomore running back Matt Jones dressed in full pads and returned to practice on Tuesday. Though he was able to run around and the team “tried to bang him around a little bit,” Muschamp noted that Jones was sore after practice, as should be expected for someone who missed so much time.
Jones will continue practicing with the Gators through the week and will participate in normal pre-game drills on the field but will remain inactive for Saturday’s contest against Toledo. Muschamp still hopes to have him back to play at Miami on Sept. 7.
NOTES AND QUOTES
» On how freshman safety Keanu Neal will be able to help Florida this season: “Keanu is a guy that we’re counting on playing on special teams and contributing as the year runs on defense.”
» On why freshman S Marcell Harris has not been an immediate contributor: “Marcell is still coming off a meniscus from high school and is a little bit slowed by that. That’s kind of altered his development at the position at this time.”
» On the anterior cruciate ligament surgeries undergone by redshirt senior wide receiver Andre Debose and freshman linebacker Matt Rolin: “Andre, matter of fact, surgery went very well [Wednesday]. Matt had his surgery last week, and it went really well.”
» On if injuries have caused morale to dip: “Absolutely not. Man down, man up. That’s part of the deal at the University of Florida. When they sign that scholarship, you come to compete for championships and do it the right way on and off the field. One man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity and that’s how we view things.”
» On if he always has worries or concerns heading into the first game of any given season: “It doesn’t worry you. … You’re going to have some unknowns going into every season,w ith young players especially. they haven’t been in that situation before. you do’t always know how some of these young men are going to react playing in front of 90,000 people. … I don’t know that you ever get over that. I hope you do someday, but from what i hear from some of my older coaches, it still sits int he pit of your stomach every day as you go into an opening game. All you can do is rely on your concepts you taught on offense, defense and special teams, hope that the experienced players can help some of the younger players in tough situations and that those guys will perform well when they run out of the tunnel there in The Swamp.