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Notebook: Mike Davis, Spurrier endorses Muschamp & more

GAINESVILLE -- Sophomore tailback Mike Davis -- a longtime Florida commit before flipping to South Carolina late in the 2011 recruiting cycle -- poses a major challenge for UF’s leaky run defense Saturday (7 p.m., ESPN2) in Columbia, SC.

Davis tops the SEC in rushing with 1,058 yards, averaging 6.37 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns.

“He's a really good player, a guy we thought a lot of coming out of Stephenson (Ga.) there in Atlanta,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “He is having an outstanding year, and certainly has been a huge different in their run game, especially losing [Marcus] Lattimore last year.”

Davis, a 5-foot-9, 215-pound hammer, is also South Carolina’s second-leading receiver with 29 catches for 326 yards.

“I’ve seen a lot of explosive runs from him. He is physical, runs hard,” senior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs said. “We’re going to have to really key in on him because he’s one of the top rushers in the SEC.”

Without star defensive tackle Dominique Easley (torn ACL), Florida’s run defense has slipped significantly in recent weeks. During the team’s four-game losing streak, the Gators have surrendered three -- LSU’s Jeremy Hill, Missouri’s Henry Josey and Georgia’s Todd Gurley -- 100-yard performances.


While much of the Florida faithful has soured on coach Will Muschamp, a former Gators legend continues to voice his support for UF’s maligned head coach.

“I admire the way he coach his team, runs the show down there,” said Steve Spurrier, in his ninth season as South Carolina’s head coach. “Obviously they’ve had a rash of injuries all over the team that’s really hurt them. But they’ve still got plenty of ball players and they’re still a very hard-nosed physical-type team. … I don’t know if I’ve ever seen quite as many [injuries on one team] as they’ve had.”


(Courtesy gatorzone.com)

Muschamp has never shied away from voicing his respect for Florida’s former coach from 1990-2001.

“I admire the job that he’s done as a head coach. Whether it’s at Duke or Florida or South Carolina,” Muschamp said. “Obviously him being a Gator, that’s important. Being the head coach at Florida, I think you ought to have that relationship with him. … He’s done it the right way, too. He does things the right way. He does things first class. He handles things the right way. I really have a lot of respect for the man.”


Quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder sprain) remains unable to practice. The redshirt junior appears doubtful for Saturday’s game. Redshirt freshman Skyler Morhinweg would make his first-career start if Murphy were unable to go.  … Left tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL sprain) is officially out against the Gamecocks, while cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) is still listed as day-to-day. … Linebackers Antonio Morrison (torn meniscus) and Jeremi Powell (torn ACL) both had knee surgery Wednesday morning. Morrison (torn meniscus) is expected to return to action at the start of spring practice next year after injuring his knee in the loss to Vanderbilt. …  Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said freshman outside linebacker Jarrad Davis would make his first-career start against the Gamecocks. 

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The good thing about a bad year is that a bunch of young guys get some experience. All this will prove valuable in the future.

Don't think we'll beat S.C. or FSU, but still hope I'm wrong.


Lol...there is no good thing about a 5-7 year....

Possibly 4-8...lol

you would know

He knows darn well. In fact that is all he knows.
Might as well throw in Mornhinweg into the fire and let him play. If he throws a bunch of INTs, how is that different from Driskel or Murphy. Then again he may play well and provide a spark. Let all the young ones play this season is lost anyway.

sure can't be our mirror my friend...WE HAVE MORE WINS THAN YOU

Yet you will still accomplish nothing this year, the 10th year in a row of doing so. But hey, glad you're proud of at least having a better record than the Gators. I guess that is an accomplishment since it hasn't happened in a long time!

4-6 baby! We're # 85 We're #85 sec sec sec!

Jesse, you were right about the gator fan delusions you wrote about. I believe some medical attention is needed for Jls and gatoralm, they seem to be projecting and hoping ill will on others. jls and gatoralm what say you for your actions eh?

Of course Spurrier backs Muschump, its an easy win every year. For that fact for all of college football its an easy win. Love the gatah on here talking trash and assuming everyone is a Miami fan. Never a dull moment in Gville.

Well , at least your better than kentucky and vand.....well, better than kentucky.

Lee Corso just predicted tha gatahs wont win another major game this season. And he also said they better not lose to georgia southern.

Hoping ill will on others? No actually enjoying watching what everyone but cane fans have known all along, and that is the canes suck. We have lost a third of our team to injuries, so it's pretty obvious why our team sucks. The canes have lost 2 players, and were struggling to win games long before that. Like I said before, this is GATOR clause, if you don't want a reaction out of gator fans, then stop running your mouths all the time.

gatoralm sounds like sour grapes, what say you eh. A hobby should probably be well for your mind other that uf sports that brutalizes your psyche, what say you.

4 - 6 in the SEC is better than 7 - 3 in the ACC.
Bottom line is both teams are un ranked and not relevant this year. Better be careful Morons you still have more losing coming up.
So much for that first ever trip to the ACC ship. Like you have said for a decade, wait til next year.
So we lost to USC, we were expected to. KT played well. Mornhinweg got some experience. What happened to Mike Davis he was supposed to destroy our D?
Same thing that happened to the sorry canes another 500 yard and 40 plus point effort by its D. Playing your worse again at the end of the season, cane thing.

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