11/2: Will Muschamp’s SEC teleconference

By Adam Silverstein
November 2, 2011

With the Florida Gators coming off their fourth-straight loss and set to face the Vanderbilt Commodores on homecoming this Saturday at 12:21 p.m., head coach Will Muschamp spoke during the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference to provide some insight about where his team is at heading into the contest.


In his fifth year with the team, even after earning a tough win one year ago, redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley sincerely wanted to beat Georgia on Saturday and put another great Florida memory away before leaving the team he grew up rooting for. After the Gators fell 24-20 over the weekend, Brantley appeared down in the dumps by his locker and Muschamp was able to process what he has been through over the course of his career at Florida.

“It really kind of hit me Saturday night in the locker room after the game – an unfortunate defeat. He was really hurting – more than physically – mentally. I walked over to his locker and saw a guy that’s father played at Florida, his uncle played at Florida, he’s been a Gator his whole life. He’s over there hurting, and he’s fought through adversity, handled adversity like a true class person does,” Muschamp explained.

“To see him hurt like that was very disappointing for me. I’m very proud of John and how he’s handled everything and how he’s pushed through everything. He’s been our leader of our football team, certainly our offense. I saw his parents when I was getting on the bus leaving the stadium and told them how proud I was of him and they ought to be proud parents for the type of young man they raised.”

Though the big game against Georgia is over, Brantley still has at least four more weeks to leave a lasting mark on his Gators legacy.


Fans may have believed that redshirt senior running back Chris Rainey injured his hands by the way he dropped passes and has fumbled the ball over the last two games, but the player actually sprained his ankle Saturday against Georgia and has been seen on camp this week in a walking boot. Muschamp said the boot is standard operating procedure whenever a player has swelling in that area but also noted that Rainey is not guaranteed to play against Vanderbilt as of right now.

“Hopefully we’ll get him out [Wednesday] and run him a little bit and see how he feels,” he said. “I would say probable-to-questionable at this time. He’s not full speed at this time, but again we’ve got Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and hopefully we’ll get him back in the fold.”

[EXPAND Click to expand and read the remainder of this post.]Considering Florida is last in the nation in penalties, it is quite obvious that the Gators have a major discipline problem at this point in the season. Muschamp was asked about this development on Wednesday and went on to explain that he is also frustrated with the miscues but is certainly not ignoring them and how detrimental they are to the team.

“I divide penalties into a couple different areas, but you got discipline issues and you got guys who can’t stay onside and jump offsides on defense. Those are discipline issues. If you hit a guy late that’s an aggressive penalties but that sot mimes can be looked at, in my opinion, as a discipline issue,” he said. “Aggressive penalties sometimes are judgment calls, and those are the ones you’re kind of at the mercy of if they throw the flag or not. Certainly we’ve been on our end of those shares. We got to be a better disciplined football team. Those are the procedural issues and again we had them last week against Georgia. Charlie Weis was in the box and we had some issues as far as getting the play down at times, misalignment at times.

“There’s multiple issues but it goes back to focus and discipline and it comes back on my shoulders. I got to do a better job of making sure that we are where we’re supposed to be, the communication is what it’s supposed to be, because those can’t be tolerated and put us in a very ought situation. There’s a lot of reasons for it, but all they are is excuses in my opinion. I just got to do a better job.”


» On his thoughts going into the game: “We had a couple good days of preparation here as we get ready for a Vanderbilt team that is really playing well. James Franklin has done a great job with his football team. They’re well-coached, play hard, multiple on offense, press you on defense, really attack you there in special teams. They pose a lot of issues and have played extremely well this year.”

» On how he compares Alabama and LSU: “They’re very similar teams. They’re big, physical teams. They’re both very physical on both lines of scrimmage. They run the ball like you need to in this league. That’s why they are where they are and the rest of us right now this year are trying to catch up. They both play really good defense, but they play well as an entire team from a standpoint of ball possession offensively and defensively taking advantage of opportunities when they have them. They’re very similar makeups as far as when you look at their rosters.”

» On what he thinks the Alabama-LSU game comes down to: “Both lines of scrimmage – this one is going to be won up front. That’s the matchup I’d be interested in watching. Both of them have very good defensive fronts. Both of them are very physical on the offensive lines. They have talented backs. Again, you come down to turnovers obviously in the game, but who is able to consistently run the ball and play well up front [will win]. Certainly neither team can get into a one-dimensional game against the front they’re going to face. I do know that. I think the line of scrimmage matchup is the one I’d be interested in watching.”

» On the biggest challenge he’s faced as a first-year head coach: “More than anything time management as far as just I’m very involved in the defense and special teams and recruiting. Being able to manage my time being the head coach, making some of the appearances and things you’ve got to do – planning practice and doing other things you got to do. I’m not a CEO guy. I’m in the meeting rooms. I’m part of what we’re doing scheme-wise and those facets. Managing that and also understanding that being the head coach, you got some other responsibilities as well not just being involved in the scheme standpoint of your side of the ball.”

» On what he thinks of Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin: “He’s a guy that I’ve been impressed with – just bright, intelligent, smart and energetic. You are what you put on tape. When you turn on the tape and your guys play hard, they play fast, they play physical. They’re well coached – that’s what you are. It’s impressive to watch the job that he’s doing, and we’ve got our work cut out for us Saturday.”[/EXPAND]


  1. cline says:

    If Rainey is out maybe Gillisle will finally get some touches.

  2. g8ter27 says:

    So if you are what you put on tape (whatever that means) then what are we Will? Our tape has been looking pretty bad lately.Lets beat Vandy and try and get this thing stabilized.

  3. John S says:

    This game’s pretty frightening. We have to win even if it’s ugly. We need to be patient in the stadium this week. A W is a W and we are in desperate need of one.

    Stay at it coach Boom.

  4. scooterp says:

    Coach needs to get this team amped up, NOW. Vandy should be a win and we need it to have any chance of going bowling. FSU is the big one on the horizon and there is a lot of recruits at stake that weekend. If he keeps doing interviews like he is in a funeral home then we have no chance outside of Furman.

  5. aziatic41 says:

    The last two games we’ve loss, as Gator John stated has been because of turnovers. Alabama and LSU were games that we weren’t going to win no matter what. If you take away the turnovers we had against Auburn and UGA we would be bowl eligible right now. Those 4th down touchdown plays by UGA were all because of turnovers. If Rainey doesn’t fumble then we go into halftime with a 14 point lead and a lot of momentum going into the 2nd half against a down and offensively struggling UGA team. Oh how quickly does turnovers change the outcome of games..

    Vandy will be a feisty confident bunch coming into the swamp Saturday. If I’m Vandy’s coach, my game plan would be load the box up and blitz a non-mobile John Brantley all game and force him to make throws with pressure in his face. Franklin is a very intelligent coach and my guess is he’ll probably do something like that. If I’m any team playing UF I would make John Brantley beat me, and blitz the crap out of him the entire game. He hasn’t proven that he can beat blitzes and complete pressure throws during his tenure at UF.

    With that being said we should beat Vandy solely because we have more overall talent than them. But hey guys, if this a close game going into the 4th and we have to throw the ball to win, this could be another terrible loss. But I really think we will win this game, and probably win big.

  6. jay d says:

    Nothing muschanp has to say is important…find out what’s not working annd fix them…I never thought I would see the day where I was praying for a win over vandy….it starts in the coaches meetings…find out what scheme will put offense/defense in the best spot to be successful…translate to the practice field and get these guys amped up for game day

  7. G8RB8R says:

    Adam, any insight on how bowl eligibility works (I can’t believe I’m even asking that question)? I heard that non Division I opponents (i.e. Furman) don’t count.

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