Muschamp: ‘A lot of wasted ink on the fact I played at Georgia’

Florida coach Will Muschamp has remained every bit as demonstrative on the sidelines as a head as he was as a defensive coordinator. (AP photo)

Florida coach Will Muschamp has remained every bit as demonstrative on the sidelines as a head coach as he was as a defensive coordinator. (AP photo)

Florida coach Will Muschamp, a UGA football letterman (1991-94) and graduate (’94) had his weekly press conference today. It’s one of just two interview opportunities he’ll allow all week. In case you’re interested, following is a transcription provided by the UF sports communication office. . . .

Opening Statement:

“To start with an injury report, the only player that is definitely out for this game is Jeremy Brown. He just continues not to respond to treatment. We have to continue press through with that and we’re disappointed for him. John Brantley is probable for the game; he will practice today in a limited role. We feel like John will be ready to go for the game. As we progress through the week we will know more about his status. We plan on him practicing today, and everybody else should be back. We shouldn’t have anybody miss today as far as practice is concerned.

“We had a good open week. We really worked hard on fundamentals and worked on Florida. We need to improve our football team, both lines of scrimmage, working on offense, defense and special teams. I thought that our players had a great attitude. They went out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in full gear. I thought we had really good work, and started our prep on Georgia with players on Thursday and as a staff last Sunday. I think we have a good head start on where we need to go. We’ll be in full gear today and tomorrow, and then work in shells on Wednesday and Thursday as we prep to go to Jacksonville.

“Georgia has a good football team with three seniors on their offensive line. I said it last week; Aaron Murray is playing well for them. He has completed over 60% of his passes. He’s very mobile in what he can do directing his offense in his second year as a starter. Isaiah Crowell has played really well for them. Orson Charles is a threat at the tight end position – he’s a really good athlete, and a guy that does a nice job vertically down the field. Malcolm Mitchell has played really well for them as a freshman at the X position – he was out last week against Vanderbilt with a hamstring, but they expect him back. Their defense has played really well as the season has progressed as far as their points per game allowed, and they’re doing a nice job on the third down and mixing some different packages as far as over-and-under of what they’re doing with their front. They have a good football team, and I look forward to this.

“I know there will be a lot of wasted ink on the fact that I played at Georgia and now I’m coaching at Florida, but this is not the first time that I have coached against Georgia. I’m looking forward to the opportunity, and taking the Gators to Jacksonville.”

On QB John Brantley:

“Again, he didn’t necessarily practice, but through his rehab with the ankle, doing some drops and some different things, he did throw some there on the practice field. As far as partaking in practice, he didn’t do any. He was on the practice field; he did some throwing motion stuff and worked on a couple of drops here and there – just to see how the ankle took, and really to see how it felt the next day. We’re very pleased with his progress; he has worked extremely hard to get back for this week. Again, at this time, I would say that he is probable for the game on Saturday.”

On how Brantley was performing before the injury against Alabama:

“He was really playing well against a very good defense before he got hurt. He threw for almost 200 yards in the first half, on third down conversions I think we had two dropped passes that would have been conversions for third downs and hit some deep balls. He was really just playing very well, managing our team, getting us in-and-out of the right runs and if you really look at the first four-and-a-half ball games he was playing very well. Certainly, getting him back is going to be a huge psychological shock for our football team – I really believe that.”

On the quarterback rotation in practice:

“We’ll rep Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel, both. We have to give those guys turns and reps. Again, John won’t rep the whole practice today – both of those guys will take the other reps. They both had good weeks last week. We did a lot of situational work as far as one-minute, third-down periods and just different periods. We put pressure on those guys to continue to progress. Like I have said before, we need to play better around those two guys, starting up front: wide receiver, tight end, running back, we need to play better around both Jeff and Jacoby. [Today it won’t be an even 33% each split because] John will be a little limited in what he does, but as we continue to progress throughout the week, we will make a decision about who the back-up quarterback will be and go from there.”

On the importance of the bye week:

“When you have an open week, you can approach it several different ways. We took the approach that we needed some time off, and we gave them Sunday and Monday off [last week]. We came in Tuesday, had a very physical practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I thought we improved fundamentally on the things that I have identified that we need to work on, and I thought we got better, we improved. I thought we had a great attitude. The guys went out and worked. We had a team lift Friday morning, then gave them Saturday and Sunday off, coming back last night. I thought we took a step forward. You either get better or worse when you get on the field. I thought we improved our football team and continued to step forward in what we need to do in being successful.”

On the having the time to teach during the bye week:

“I think that you never want to have a bye week after a loss, and we had three. It was very frustrating from that standpoint of living through that. But, again, you need to be technical about what you have done well, and what you haven’t done well. You need to correct things that need to be correct, you need to build on the positive – which there have been some positives and continue to move forward with our team. Do I think it came at a good point? Yes. Especially from the standpoint that we were a little banged up. We needed to get some guys healthy and we needed to get some guys out of the grind of the season. It’s disappointing from the standpoint that we’re coming off of three losses, it’s always tough to have to sit through the weekend and not have an opportunity to go get it out of your mouth.”

On Brantley’s status:

“As of today, on Monday, he’s probable for the game [on Saturday]. We expect his reps to increase as the week grows. We want to get him out there today – get him out there moving around, have people around him and throw the football around a little bit. I fully expect him to continue to progress throughout the week unless we hit something that we’re not predicting. I fully expect him to be fine.”

On what you saw last week from Brantley:

“He continues to improve every day. It’s the day-to-day process of being able to get back on the ankle the next day. He continues to improve.”

On improving the play around the quarterback:

“I think more than anything, pad-level up front, hand placement, coming off – everything we did was good-on-good. We didn’t do any scout work as far as that was concerned. We went fast-ball tempo and playing blocks on defense, playing blocks up front. We really worked in a lot of skel periods as far as throwing the football, getting better timing in the throwing game and identifying some things that we’re doing well. We really minimized the things that we’re doing offensively to help the young quarterbacks, especially.”

On Ronald Powell returning to start after missing last game due to injury:

“We’ll determine that through practice, but he’s good to go. He’s back off his injury. He practiced Thursday full go, so he should be fine. Whoever practices best will play, that’s how we do it each week.”

On Brantley’s presence on the field:

“I said it earlier, psychologically; having him in the huddle will be a huge asset. He’s a leader of our team and is a guy that has been very productive. Obviously, when he was not in the game, the production went down. You have to give our opponents some credit on that as well. There is no question that he certainly gives us a psychological boost for our football team, on offense and defense too because that affects how the defense plays at times. That’s where we have to grow stronger mentally as a football team from that. You can’t let one thing affect you so much to where it affects how you play. That’s what I’ve really challenged the players, don’t let the circumstances around you control how you are. You control who you are. You play the game regardless of the situation. You play with a relentless attitude regardless of the situation. Those are things that we need to continue to grow on.”

On personnel changes:

“We’ve looked at some guys at some different spots. We’ll continue to move forward with that at this point.”

On battling for the back-up quarterback spot:

“We haven’t decided at this time. Both Jacoby and Jeff practiced really well last week. We put them in a lot of situations, and we’re going to continue to do that today. We’ll give John some early reps in practice, and then get those guys in some good-on-good work versus the defense. Whoever continues to progress and play well in those situations will be the back-up quarterback.”

On Brantley’s eagerness to return:

“John, when he had his injury, was very disappointed, hurt and down. Back then, he told me that ‘I want get back for Georgia’ – it’s important to John. His dad and uncle were both Gators, they understand the importance of this game. There is no question that he has really pin-pointed trying to get back for this game.”

On Dan Wenger’s status:

“Dan should be fine. He’ll practice today. Everybody should be back on the field today practicing”

On Georgia’s offense:

“Orson Charles is a guy that can really stretch the field vertically. They do a nice job of play-actions off of that and getting vertical down the field. Tavarres King, Malcolm Mitchell: a lot of guys have contributed for them outside. Isaiah Crowell has done a nice job, and Richard Samuel has done a nice job carrying the football for them. They have some guys and some weapons that you certainly have to take advantage of. You have to control the line of scrimmage. They’re going to take their 10 or 12 shots down the field and you have to defend their shots.”


On SEC East race:

“When you come to the University of Florida, you play to go to Atlanta. That’s part of the deal here, and I understand that. Each week, I’m trying to remove all the external circumstances of why you want to play hard. You ought to want to play hard because you play for Florida; you play for your teammates. To me, that ought to be motivating enough. Certainly, winning the SEC East is great – that’s what we want to do, we want to beat Georgia, and in order to do that we have to take care of business this weekend.”

On coaching against Georgia:

“Wherever I played has no bearing on this game at all. Every game is important, they’re all important games. It’s a SEC East opponent, it’s a big rival, it’s important to the University of Florida so it’s important to me.”

On the tradition of the Georgia-Florida game:

“You get charged when you come over that bridge and you see all the RV’s, the passion and the tradition of the game. Growing up in the South, you understand the impact of that game. There is no question that when you come over that bridge, it charges you up. You get goose bumps talking about it.”

On preparing the underclassmen for the atmosphere in Jacksonville:

“We have talked to our team about it, especially to the young guys, and we’ve had the older guys talk about it a little bit as far as this game is concerned. That’s how you try to prepare your team for what they’re walking into.”

On approaching the game as a former Georgia player:

“This profession is different than a lot of professions. You do your job for the school that you’re working for. It’s my job to do a great job for the University of Florida, and that’s what I’m trying to do. Again, I talked about it earlier, I don’t mean disrespect to anybody, but I’m loyal to people, not places. I work for Jeremy Foley and Dr. Bernie Machen, and those are the people I need to do a good job for and this football team and staff. That’s how I view things. I’ve worked at Auburn, LSU and Texas – I’ve worked a lot of different places, and this isn’t the first time I’ve played against Georgia.”

On the secondary:

“You’re going to get 10-12 shots in the game where they’re going to stretch the field vertically, and you have to defend those balls. There’s no question that this game will be a little different from the ones we’ve seen in the last two weeks especially, as far as what people are trying to down the field, vertically. They have some guys that are talented outside. They do a nice job as far as six- and seven-man protections, so as far as pressure is concerned it’s a lot of what I call turn-protection. It’s hard to get there, so you have to defend the ball. You have to defend the ball down the field.”

On the offensive line improvements:

“I think we made some improvements on the offensive line during the open week, and hopefully we’ll see that on Saturday. We have to continue to progress there as far as finding different ways to run the football, maintain balance for both our offense and quarterback and maintain possession of the ball.”

On the secondary improving:

“In the secondary, I really didn’t think that we played very well against Auburn. We’ve really challenged our guys after that game. Some opportunities that we had, we had opportunities to make plays and we didn’t finish some things down the field. Against this football team that we’re playing this Saturday that is something that we’re going to need to do.”

On creating turnovers:

“We’re minus-7for the season, so we’re last in the SEC. We have to create some positive momentum for our team, whether it’s on special teams or on defense. We need to continue to eliminate turnovers offensively, and get some turnovers on defense.”

267 comments Add your comment

James

October 24th, 2011
5:30 pm

Don’t worry, Florida ALWAYS beats Georgia.

Doesn’t matter who coaches.

And UGA usually gift wraps it with 3 int’s a game last 3 games.

hipdawg

October 24th, 2011
5:38 pm

just beat them…..by 1 point geeeez

Snoop Dawg

October 24th, 2011
5:38 pm

UGA players deserve to win, but Richt and Bobo will make it very difficult for them.

Richt has only beat them once, and Tebow was injured in that game.

All you need to do is look how the coaches lost last year’s game for the players…

Do not bet on UGA unless you have money you don’t need.

chem

October 24th, 2011
5:40 pm

Even if Florida wins, they still trail UGA in the east.

GaTruth

October 24th, 2011
5:40 pm

It seems to have been years since we played a really complete game – or coached on for that matter. Hawaii – Sugar Bowl? Come on Dawgs! It is time to play to your level of talent! And Bobo – call some slants!

hipdawg

October 24th, 2011
5:40 pm

Don’t abandon the run and watch for a fake punt……

Old Dawg Fan

October 24th, 2011
5:41 pm

Second!
Never been able to type that before.

Old Dawg Fan

October 24th, 2011
5:41 pm

Not second-too slow!!!

James K Polk

October 24th, 2011
5:44 pm

Not that it really matters, but Richt has beaten Florida twice. I don’t look for #3 on Saturday.

whatthedawg

October 24th, 2011
5:45 pm

James, I don’t totally disagree with you. The 3 INT’s comment is actually very apt. However, we do win one every once in a while. Maybe it’s this year. If UF takes us for granted, they may get beat.

Old Dawg Fan

October 24th, 2011
5:46 pm

Tough game either way.
UGA is not that great-undisciplined. Fla. just doesn’t have a very good team.
Should be a “good ugly game”!!
I hope we will but we don’t have very good luck in Jacksonville!!!!!

Paul Midler

October 24th, 2011
5:47 pm

Go Dawgs. 2nd…lol

GaTruth

October 24th, 2011
5:50 pm

Hey Bailbonds – how many wins this weekend for Tech?

SuperB

October 24th, 2011
5:52 pm

I NEVER would say anything negative about a Dawg. Will may be coaching the enemy, but like the rest of the nation– is a Dawg for life.

Will, I hope you win 11 games a year and lose one.

Doyle Rainey lives

October 24th, 2011
5:53 pm

UGA is a better team……….but yet I have zero confidence that the Rev. Richt can take us down there and win. He had a losing record vs. Zook after all.

The series has always

October 24th, 2011
5:54 pm

been one team making hay for a decade or so. The time has come for it to switch back to UGA dominance. We can do it if Bobo gets a clue – which is a huge issue :-(

Jiggy Smaha

October 24th, 2011
5:55 pm

Florida will win because Georgia doesn’t belive they can. Murray choked last year and has done nothing to indicate he will perform better this year. Crowell is immature and selfish and has no heart. He will not perform on this stage. Richt and Bobo will be far too conservative to allow their team to have a chance to win. It hurts to say such things but this team has done NOTHING over the past three seasons to make anybody believe they can beat evn a mediocre Florida team….NOTHING.

Doyle Rainey lives

October 24th, 2011
5:59 pm

@super B. you sound like CMR when he was saying how sorry he was that we actually won to James Franklin. Grow a pair dude. That’s not the way Will sees it. He has said lots of negative things about UGA, including that he didn’t really want to go there but he had to b/c he was a walk on and his parents couldn’t afford out of state tuition to Fla. So I say f**k him. He’a Gator now. I hope he’s losing 12 a year and gets fired and has to ask Daddy Saban to hire him as an asst.

OneNationUnderDawg

October 24th, 2011
6:00 pm

This weekend always stresses me out. With Brantley returning, I can easily see UF pulling out another win and more painful than last year’s loss in OT. Maybe double OT this year? Nah…UGA will make it interesting and lose in triple OT, just to put the final dagger in my heart.

Jiggy Smaha

October 24th, 2011
6:01 pm

And Super B…Will is NOT a Dawg for life. Just ask him. He has spoken openly of how he took leave of his senses and spent 4 years in Athens and has spoken disrespectfully of his Alma Mater at every opportunity. He is NOT a Dawg at all. He is, however, an a$$hole.

I am

October 24th, 2011
6:02 pm

afraid Crowell does not have the stamina yet to play a full game against a real SEC defense(not that Fla has one). He seems to need to come out too often. Is he going to be like Stafford has been in the NFL, flashes of great ability, then he gets dinged up and can’t play at top level or misses some games.

dogbone

October 24th, 2011
6:03 pm

UGA with CMR and CMB are passive and vanilla……………CMR only talks on the head-set and to the refs…………….Bobo is not a top tier coach and should be coaching Div.2 or junior college…………….. Fla will find a way to out coach and out play us……….. WAKE UP GEORGIA FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dawg in the west

October 24th, 2011
6:03 pm

Richt’s record vs Florida may be 2-8 but its 1-1 in weeks following a bye. (Florida always has a bye the week before.)

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 24th, 2011
6:06 pm

Glad to hear another FL coach takes this game seriously

We havent had a coach at UGA take this game seriously since Dooley

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 24th, 2011
6:08 pm

You would think that UGA would demand a bye week before this game like FL has done since Spurier demanded it 21 years ago

Just shows the stupidity running the show around Athens

TampaGator

October 24th, 2011
6:11 pm

Jiggy Smaha…..

I have watched every news conference Muschamp has participated in this year. And not once, not once, have I heard him say anything disrespectful about Georgia. In fact, the opposite is true. He just says that he has coached against Georgia before and his loyalties are now with Florida…..as they should be. So, therefore, maybe he isn’t the one who is the a$$hole. Maybe it is some Smaha in Jiggyland.

OldFan

October 24th, 2011
6:15 pm

It may very well come down to special team play, and in that area, UGA has been a crushing disappointment. There’s every reason to believe that FL will take advantage of our lack of preparation, our poor coaching, and our bone-headed execution on special teams to eke out just enough points to win. Too bad. This should have been the year we brought home the W. Maybe we’ve turned it around during the off-week. Hope so.

TampaGator

October 24th, 2011
6:15 pm

Florida has NOT always had a bye before playing Georgia. A few years ago they did not have one and still won the game. Byes have nothing to do with winning or losing a game. In fact, I would rather Georgia have a bye and Florida not have one before this game. Now….the next reason Georgia has been losing lately is the refs. It has absolutely nothing to do with being outplayed and outcoached, does it? Well….yes it does….and the team that outplays and outcoaches the other on Saturday……guess what…..they will most likely win the game.

Bob

October 24th, 2011
6:16 pm

Muschamp is a lot like Nuheisel(sp)…always talked a good game and was always surrounded by better coaches/players. I’m thinking he will soon be thought of by UF fans as a notch below Zook. We win by 21.

Jiggy Smaha

October 24th, 2011
6:16 pm

Tampa Gator I don’t believe that you’ve watched EVERY newsconference Will Muschamp has given…and the comments I HEARD HIM MAKE were not at a newsconference but at various Gator Club meetings…and I have watched him on the sidelines all year…..and I never said I wasn’t one….maybe I am…maybe that’s why I can spot one so so easily….I think you might be a charter member of our little club.

TampaGator

October 24th, 2011
6:18 pm

Dawg in the West…..

So…..therefore…..you are saying that Georgia has a 50/50 chance of winning or losing the game on Saturday, right? Well…..I think I would give Georgia the 60 and Florida the 40 this year. But Richt has to have this one……or all you Dawg fans will likely run him completely out of town.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 24th, 2011
6:21 pm

TampaGator

Sorry bud but FL has had a bye 18 of the last 21 years

Also we used to have a bye during the Dooley years

According to Phil Steele the team that has had the bye week has won this game

But I do agree we have been out coached and that has been because Goff, Donnan, nor Richt has considered this game as important period

TampaGator

October 24th, 2011
6:21 pm

Jiggy…..

Yes I have. Each one is recorded by a friend on staff at the Uof F and he emails them to me and my brother. Every one. And I have heard Muschamp talk about Georgia in the Tampa/St.Pete area and he had nothing but good things to say about his experiences at Georgia. And you can think anything about me you like….you live in America.

Bob

October 24th, 2011
6:22 pm

@Jiggy Smaha…if you’re the real one, you were a DGDawg. Thanks! BTW, tell Pete Dav. I said hello.

BurytheBone

October 24th, 2011
6:23 pm

I would rather loose every game than to loose this one. GATA WE DON’T NEED NO CATS….. WE NEED DAWGS

piermontdawgny

October 24th, 2011
6:23 pm

as far as I am concerned, a lot of wasted ink contemplating Muschamp as head coach of the Dawgs

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 24th, 2011
6:24 pm

TampaGator

Muschamp hasnt been disrespectful but he did guarantee a win against UGA

But I can assure you Richt wont use that as motivation nope

Gator-Aid

October 24th, 2011
6:24 pm

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Gator-Aid?

October 24th, 2011
6:26 pm

Rookie head coach already playing mind games about Brantley. All the Dawgs need to do is rough him up a little hhen he’s on the sideline again. No way Dawgs lose this one!!

TampaGator

October 24th, 2011
6:30 pm

Flat Tire…..

Just in recent years, in fact….

2007 – Florida had no bye and Georgia won with Tebow injured.
2008 – Florida did not have a bye before the game and crushed Georgia.

Just the facts, my man.

TampaGator

October 24th, 2011
6:32 pm

Flat Tire….

Show me where Muschamp guaranteed a win against Georgia this year. What he did say was that it is an important game….and that all the games are important. But he realizes the special feelings this game creates in his players.

TampaGator

October 24th, 2011
6:34 pm

But I have heard all this before……and the Gators……I will guarantee you…..will show up on Saturday and be ready to play hard against your pups.

dawg4u

October 24th, 2011
6:35 pm

UGA 21 UF 18 with the Gator field goal kicker missing the field goal this year that would’ve tied. Grantham doesn’t give the “choke” sign this year though.

OkieDawg

October 24th, 2011
6:35 pm

I certainly do not have a problem with Will Muschumps loyalty to his employer. I admire loyalty in an employee, great trait. There are too many employees who are just there for the money. Muschamp is there to do what he is paid to do, win games. However, I’m a bulldog who is glad he is at Florida. I do not admire his side line antics. The screaming and cussing at the officials should be addressed by the refs and they should give him an unsportsman like conduct foul. In that respect, he is an embarrassment to his employer and they should address his behavior. This is his first year as a head coach and at Florida so who knows how good a coach he will be in the future. I do not think that Weis will add anything of value.

Black pants, black shirts, black hob-nailed boots and red helmet

October 24th, 2011
6:37 pm

Time for you whooping Gators! Hobnail boot redux!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 24th, 2011
6:43 pm

TampaGator

Here it is for you

http://www.foxsportssouth.com/msn/05/20/11/Muschamp-Guarantees-Win-Over-Georgia/landing_sec.html?blockID=526166

Also a bye 18 out of 21 games is still FL putting this game as important

Jason

October 24th, 2011
6:45 pm

UGA will be a more focused team this year than in previous UGA-UF matches. UGA is on an upswing and UF is pointing downward. This will lead to a UGA victory in 2011. Go Dawgs and best of luck for the rest of the season.

Jorts

October 24th, 2011
6:47 pm

Jorts = Gayturds

Tampa Gator = Jorts

October 24th, 2011
6:48 pm

Hahahahahah!

Tampa Gator = Jackwagon

October 24th, 2011
6:49 pm