Will Muschamp isn’t know as “Coach Boom” because he’s shy and demure.
But the volatile Florida coach and his players are taking a different tack this year after his initial campaign of 7-6 last year, the Gators’ worst season since the Ron Zook years.
“We need to stop talking and start playing,” Muschamp told his team Thursday, according to Florida Today.
“It’s really about doing your talking on the field,” said senior offensive lineman Xavier Nixon. “We’re just not going to talk that much this season.”
Players said last year’s team engaged in too much smack talk.
“We kind of saw it as a little bit of a problem,” center Jonottan Harrison said. “Everbody has kind of talked about just concentrating on football and if somebody (talks smack) we’ll pull them aside and tell them to stop it.”
After years of the wisecracking Steve Spurrier, on-field Gator chomps and Tim Tebow’s fist-pumping and cheerleading, the thought of a quiet Florida team just doesn’t seem plausible.
The Gators start the season with four games they should win: Bowling Green, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Kentucky. Then comes LSU, the preseason No. 1. Win that one and we’ll see how quiet they are.