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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 Muschamp?s closed-door speeches to his football team, I think this would be the one. After Saturday?s 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 Driskel?s 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: I?m not sure I agree with Muschamp?s play-calling (mostly in the first half). The two-point conversion attempt was ill-advised ? even if they had converted it, what?s 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 Florida?s, you?d 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, I?m decommitting,? he said. ?Reason why because I haven?t 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: I?d hate to be the Tennessee Volunteers Sept. 21.

 



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