GAINESVILLE -- Florida’s sputtering offense barely managed 20 points in Saturday’s humiliating loss to Georgia Southern, and now the freefalling unit must prepare for the nation’s No. 2 scoring defense: archrival Florida State.
UF ranks last in the Southeastern Conference in scoring (19.9) and total offense (327.9 yards per game), but redshirt freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg said the offense must execute better and play with more confidence considering the sizeable mismatch.
“We gotta make some plays,” Mornhinweg said. “We’ve got to go out, execute and put points on the board.”
FSU has allowed more than 17 points just one time all season, while the Gators haven’t scored more than 20 points in nearly eight weeks.
Quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder) is questionable for Saturday’s rivalry game, while sophomore left tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL sprain) remains doubtful.
Junior cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) is expected to play, as is sophomore defensive end Jon Bullard (knee swelling).
Starting middle linebacker Michael Taylor, injured in the loss to GSU, is out with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, but the injury will not require surgery. However, freshman linebacker Alex Anzalone, also hurt in the loss, will have offseason shoulder surgery.
“I love you guys. … I don’t have any problem with anybody. Everybody has an opinion and everybody is certainly entitled to that. That’s part of it. That’s part of the job. I don’t have any issue with that. … If it’s personal to me, then maybe I’ve gone a little over the edge in those situations. That’s who I am. I say what’s on my mind, I tell you the way it is. I won’t beat around it or anything. I don’t have any problem with anybody sitting in the room. I really don’t, from the stand point of you’ve got jobs to do. And sometimes your opinion may be different from mine. One of my favorite sayings, and if you’ve worked with me before, it’s ‘let’s agree to disagree.’ And that’s fine. I’m involved in day-to-day operation of the program. You’ve got to see the big picture of where we are and more than anything where we’re headed. It’s been very frustrating, and it’s all on me. I get all that and we need to improve and get better, and that’s what we’re going to do. But I ain’t got any problem with any of you.”
-- Will Muschamp, on his relationship with the media