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November 04, 2013

Notebook: Staff member resigns

GAINESVILLE -- In the midst of a tumultuous year, Florida coach Will Muschamp is dealing with midseason staff turnover as well. 

Jon Haskins, UF’s director of player personnel since January 2012, resigned 10 days ago, according to Muschamp.

“We have an opening right now,” Muschamp said. “But I’m busy coaching the team. I don’t have a while lot of time [to worry about filling it immediately.]”

Florida has no timetable hiring a replacement for Haskins, whose primary responsibilities included coordinating official visits and other administrative recruiting duties. 

Muschamp said the vacancy would have no impact on UF’s prospective recruiting efforts the rest of the season.

“We’ll be fine. He was in an administrative role. You can’t evaluate tape and those sorts of things,” Muschamp said.


CBS elected to use its six-day window for several Nov. 16 games, including Florida at South Carolina. The network will wait until after this weekend to decide between Georgia-Auburn or the Gators and Gamecocks for the premier 3:30 p.m. slot. The Gators could also play at either 7 p.m. (ESPN2) or 7:45 p.m. (ESPN).


“This one's more difficult for me because I'm a senior and 2011 I was a sophomore," safety Jaylen Watkins said. "And to come off an 11-2 season last season, we went to a Sugar Bowl and we were winning, and then you come back this year and you're not winning as much as you were. It's definitely tougher for me, and as a team in general, because everyone comes here to win."

-- Safety Jaylen Watkins on this season compared to 2011 when the Gators were 6-6 in the regular season.


While battered and bruised for much of the season, Florida exited the Georgia game totally healthy, Muschamp said.

Only left tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL sprain) -- who did not play against the Bulldogs after spraining his knee in practice last week -- will miss Saturday’s game against the Commodores.

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Muschamp talks recent disappointments, previews Vanderbilt

GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Will Muschamp talked about the Gators "getting over the hump" in close (and big) games -- placing their failures squarely on his shoulders. 

UF's third-year coach then previewed Vanderbilt (noon, SEC Network) -- suddenly a massive game for a UF team desperate to reach bowl eligibility. 


At least they’re consistent

GAINESVILLE -- Friendly reminder: Offensive coordinator Brent Pease received a $100,000 raise, a one-year extension (to 2015) and a future longevity bonus ($100,000 if he is still at Florida in January 2016) last offseason.

Florida finished No. 104 nationally (334.0 y/g) a year ago. The Gators currently rank 111th in the country in total offense. 

2013 Gators offensive rankings in the Southeastern Conference…

* Scoring – No. 13 (21.0 p/g) 

* Total – No. 14 (334.6 y/g)

* Rushing – No. 13 (159.4 y/g)

* Passing – No. 13 (175.2 y/g)

* Yards per play – No. 14 (4.89 y/p)

* Sacks allowed – No. 13 (21 total)

* Long scrimmage plays (10+ yards) – No. 14 (91 total)

* Time of possession – No. 1 (35.39 m/g)

* Red zone conversions – No. 14 (70.97 scoring percentage)

* Third down conversions – No. 8 (42.62 percent conversion rate)

To recap: The Gators rank last or next to last in 8-of-10 offensive categories. They lead the conference in time of possession and rank in the middle of the pack converting third downs.

Florida is the only team in the league averaging less than five yards per play (next closest: Tennessee at 5.34 y/p). Texas A&M has more than than twice as many long scrimmage plays as UF (191 vs. 91). 

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ICYMI: Playing for pride

For a second November in three seasons, Florida is resigned to silver linings and moral vicories and no longer talking about Atlanta. 

(courtesy bleacherreport.com)

A brief tease...

"GAINESVILLE -- After weeks of questionable bluster and bravado, the Gators have officially resigned to reality.

Following Saturday’s 23-20 loss to Georgia, Florida finally stopped talking about its long-shot Southeastern Conference Championship aspirations.

There will be no trip to Atlanta. No snapping a two-game losing to a division archrival and -- with a date looming with No. 2 Florida State -- likely no winning any state bragging rights.  

The 2013 season is lost for the once-mighty Gators, and a proud program is now in the desperate position of having to beat Vanderbilt on homecoming to probably reach bowl eligibility.

Just a year removed from an 11-1 regular season and BCS berth, coach Will Muschamp’s team is reeling and simply playing for pride now.

"We're going to fight until the last game of the season,” redshirt junior tailback Mack Brown said. “No quit."

The Gators (4-4, 3-3 SEC) -- on a three-game losing streak for the second time in three seasons -- must win twice in their remaining four games just to reach bowl eligibility.

Florida hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday (noon, ESPN2) before travelling to No. 12 South Carolina. The Gators finish the season in The Swamp with FCS Georgia Southern (Nov. 19) and the suddenly unstoppable Seminoles (Nov. 26). 

Quarterback Tyler Murphy said the season “stinks” and that he never imagined the year unraveling so quickly.

“We’ll do our best and try and knock everybody else off,” Murphy said dejectedly Saturday. ..."

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