October 20, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and head coach Will Muschamp during the first quarter against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Florida Gators: SEC Media Conference

Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida

Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin stadium

Saturday Nov 10, 2012

Kickoff: 12:24 pm eastern



Andre Debose (knee), Mack Brown (ankle), and Leon Orr (flu) haven’t practiced this week and are likely out this week.



Muschamp mentioned teams have been loading the box to stop the run and that has been forcing them to pass.

He pointed out Louisiana’s offense had seven drives of 70+ yards.  He added the defense has to tackle well against teams that spread the field.

Muschamp mentioned he talks a lot to Brent Pease about the Bluegrass Miracle (LSU vs KY in 2002) where Devery Henderson caught a last second pass to lift LSU over Kentucky.  Will was the LSU defensive coordinator while Pease was the Kentucky offensive coordinator.  “I bring up the game a lot because we ended up winning” said Muschamp.

Jacoby Brissett, according to Muschamp, “is a competitor,” and added, “he’s handled this (not being picked as the starter) as good as anybody can handle it.”

Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn mentioned that competition in the defensive backfield has made them better.  They’ve had 15 interceptions so far this season after having only 6 all of last season.  After playing together last year their communication has improved and their more comfortable in the schemes.

Quinn singled out Josh Evans as probably the most improved player on defense.  He added that the reason for his improvement is he’s gotten stronger in the offseason and more physical.  His mental awareness has gotten better as well as he’s able to process things faster.

He also said Jelani Jenkins has had a frustrating season dealing with injuries.  His speed is a big asset in coverage against tight ends.

Quinn mentioned Louisiana’s offense is potent and not typical in these types of games.  He said they will see 3-4 wide sets again this week similar to Missouri.

He mentioned the difference in Bullard and Fowler from earlier in the year is they’re picking up the mental aspect, they knew they had the physical attributes.

After playing safety earlier in the year, he mentioned that freshman Brian Poole is working out entirely at corner.  They like his potential in this defense.

Quinn said he hasn’t even thought about losing Floyd or Elam after the season.  He said they’ll address the junior class and potential early entrants after the season ends.

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