A teaser to a piece I wrote on Florida's coaching staff and Will Muschamp's vote of confidence.
GAINESVILLE -- The Gators -- unranked and unraveling -- will have no mid-season coaching changes, Will Muschamp emphatically announced Wednesday.
Florida, crippled by injuries and a stale and inept offense, is reeling following consecutive drubbings against LSU and Missouri, but Muschamp endorsed his staff -- specifically offensive coordinator Brent Pease -- 100 percent.
“This is the same staff that came a game away from playing for [the] national championship, OK?” he said. “Obviously we’re not where we want to be right now, and nobody knows that more than our staff. So we need to go back and re-evaluate what we’re doing and continue to improve our football team over the next five weeks.”
The Gators’ (4-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) have continued to regress on offense, as they rank No. 106 in total offense (336.9 y/g) -- this following consecutive seasons finishing in the bottom 20 nationally of total offense.
With no identity and few playmakers, it’s been agonizing for Florida to even gain first downs in recent weeks.
UF’s floundering offensive line has allowed 10 sacks in last the two games, while it’s rushing attack has averaged a conference-worst 3.70 yards per carry.
Changes are afoot though, including the coaching staff’s normal bye week schedule.
Muschamp pulled several assistant coaches off the recruiting trail Sunday, cancelling a two-day tour for an emergency meeting to address Florida’s endless offensive woes. ..."
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Florida’s injury report continues to read longer than a Faulkner novel.
Reserve linebacker and special teams ace Jeremi Powell will miss the remainder of the year with a torn ACL. It’s UF’s eighth season-ending injury in 2013.
“It’s just one of those years,” coach Will Muschamp said. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the game. You’ve got to coach through it and you’ve got to play through it. We don’t make excuses around here. We need to play better than we did the last two weeks.”
Powell was hurt on a punt block in the 36-17 loss to Missouri last weekend, but the injury was caused in a non-contact situation.
“He was just planting and got caught in the turf,” Muschamp said. “Unfortunate for him. He’s a guy who was really emerging, special teams-wise. He did a great job on kickoff for us.”
Meanwhile, linebacker/defensive end Ronald Powell remains out with an ankle injury, but Muschamp is hopeful the junior will return against Georgia following the bye week.
Quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder) isn’t throwing in practice this week, but he too is expected to start versus the Bulldogs next weekend, as is defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (head injury).
Senior linebacker Darrin Kitchens (shoulder) and redshirt freshman tight end Colin Thompson (foot) remain sidelined and their return dates are unknown.
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