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Muschamp shoulders blame for Florida's penalty problem

GAINESVILLE -- Two days removed from lobbing a conspiracy-filled grenade at Southeastern Conference officiating, Florida coach Will Muschamp reneged on his vague criticism of league referees and shouldered much of the blame for his team’s steady undisciplined play.  

“It’s something we coach it every day, obviously we’re not doing a very good job,” he said. “It’s something we emphasize, something we talk about. We talked about this is an emotional game. There’s gonna be some things that we gotta learn to walk away from in those situations, and it’s something I’m going to address with the team again today.”

The Gators were penalized seven times for 70 yards in their 23-20 loss to archrival Georgia last Saturday and following the game Muschamp hinted at some ulterior agenda, citing how Florida has finished first or second in the conference in penalties 20 out of the last 24 years.

UF currently leads the conference in penalty yardage per game for the third consecutive season, averaging 62.1 y/g in 2013.   

Senior safety Jaylen Wakins admitted too many players lost their composure at key moments against the Bulldogs.

“The emotions were high, we were coming back,” Watkins explained. “I think a few guys kinda let their emotions get too high and it really defeated the goal of winning the game, but that comes with, like I said, the atmosphere. We have to be more disciplined in that point, especially when we're making a good comeback and everything. Every moment is critical. It's a combination of not being disciplined and the high emotions of the game."

Florida was flagged for seven personal fouls in the loss. 

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