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To Be a Fly on the Wall: Gators News and Notes from the Bye Week

  • If there were ever a week where I could by a fly on the wall listening to one of Will Muschamps closed-door speeches to his football team, I think this would be the one. After Saturdays debilitating, turnover-laden 21-16 loss to the (now) No. 15 Miami Hurricanes, there seemed to be a lot of blame to go around. Six turnovers (including one on downs) is nothing to sneeze at, and I have a feeling Muschamp let his players have it.


  • Trey Burton took responsibility for Driskels second interception against Miami, saying he ran the wrong route and Driskel threw it where he was supposed to be.


  • One more Miami-related tidbit: Im not sure I agree with Muschamps play-calling (mostly in the first half). The two-point conversion attempt was ill-advised even if they had converted it, whats one point? and the fourth and one attempt on the Miami 16 was pitiful. Just take the points in each situation, and you've got a potentially different game down the stretch. With an offense like Floridas, youd think you should just take the points where you can get them.


  • In case you missed it: Florida dropped to No. 18 in the AP poll.


  • The Florida defense has allowed 317 passing yards and 100 rushing yards through the first two games. Other than a slightly off-kilter first quarter against Miami, they deserve none of the blame to this point.


  • Injury updates:

    • Jeff Driskel, who suffered a minor knee injury against Miami, should be ready to play against Tennessee, according to Will Muschamp.
    • Muschamp also said that sophomore right tackle Tyler Moore, who suffered a sprained ankle against Miami, would not play if there was a game this week but should be ready for Tennessee.
    • Freshman defensive back Nick Washington will have season-ending shoulder surgery next week after being injured in practice on Monday. He will likely be a medical redshirt going into next season.


  • Four-star offensive lineman Ben Knox decommitted from Florida on Tuesday. At this very moment, Im decommitting, he said. Reason why because I havent heard from them in over a month. That may be the reason why he is decommitting, but you have to think the performance against Miami influenced him a little bit as well. The favorite to land Knox now is Louisville.


  • Two full weeks of practice for Muschamp and the Gators: Id hate to be the Tennessee Volunteers Sept. 21.



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