Muschamp gathers Gators fans in Lakeland

By Adam Silverstein
April 21, 2011

Making the first stop on his state-wide tour of Gator Clubs, Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp arrived at the Gator Gathering in Lakeland, FL on Wednesday to much fanfare and excitement. He spent the evening giving a speech and answering questions about the team, meeting fans and signing autographs. Though OGGOA was not on-site for the event (we will be for one next week), some newsworthy notes were uncovered courtesy of a few reporters who were on hand.

» On redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley’s performance in the spring game: “I was standing behind him. With that front, there wasn’t a whole lot of blocking going on. I called a couple of them look-out blocks. When that ball was snapped they turned around and say, ‘look out’ because it was coming quick. The quarterback position is kind of like the old head coach — you get way too much credit when things go right and way too much credit when things go wrong.” (LL)

» Sophomore Gerald Christian, who committed to Florida as a tight end but was moved to linebacker this spring while still taking offensive snaps, will have his assignments switched again. Muschamp said Christian will play tight end and fullback while taking some snaps on defense, opposite of what the initial plan for him.

» On wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill coming back to Florida: “He called me more than I called him. He wanted to get out of Miami. I don’t blame him.” (PBP)

» On closing practices: “I know as a coach preparing for a team when there’s uncertainty; it’s very frustrating. With our age of technology and the Internet stuff, a guy can walk out to practice with a pen and film practice right now.” (LL)

» Kicker Caleb Sturgis has been granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA after sitting out most of 2010 with back injuries.

» On playing against Georgia, his alma mater: “I know we need to win. They’re all big. […] I’m not going to treat any game any different than any other one. I think when you do that you start to have fluctuation how you play and how you approach.” (LL)

» Junior running back Mike Gillislee “is going to be fine” after hurting his foot in the spring. “Matter of fact, he’s out back running now,” Muschamp said. (LL)

» On redshirt sophomore Jonotthan Harrison moving to center: “He brings an element of toughness to our football team.” (LL)

» Senior cornerback Janoris Jenkins (torn labrum) will be a “full go” for summer.

» Florida will not place any restrictions on where WR Chris Dunkley can transfer. “You go through this, and things come up. We have a certain standard that we want our players to uphold to. Chris and I met after spring practice and we just felt like it was best for him to look at another opportunity. He’s excited about another opportunity, and that’s the direction we decided to go. We’re helping him and trying to advise him. We appreciate his time at Florida. We’ll help him go wherever he wants to go.” (PBP)

Hat-tips: LL – Lakeland Ledger; PBP – Palm Beach Post
Photo Credit: Erica Brough/Gainesville Sun


  1. HardToKillGator says:

    Last time I saw a Gator football team this thin at depth and experience was the year after Spurrier left. I’ll need to remember the last group of coaches are responsible.

  2. GatorCooken says:

    Guess Christian wasn’t picking up LB as well as Muschamp hoped?

    Great hearing the quotes AS!

  3. John S says:

    Good news on Sturgis. Our offensive line will determine whether we’re 7-6 or 10-3. We’ll probably be in every game though.

  4. David says:

    Man, I wonder how much I have to donate to get Muschamp to come to NYC and speak to the Gothan Gators!

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