November 10, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns defensive lineman Jalen Fields (97) sacks Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Muschamp Media Monday: Cues and Quotes

INJURY REPORT

Doubtful

Jeff Driskel (ankle)

Neiron Ball (ankle)

Andre Debose (knee)

Probable

Stephen Alli (shoulder)

Valdez Showers (shoulder)

Xavier Nixon (unspecified)

Jimmy Wilson(unspecified)

Mack Brown (unspecified)

To Be Determined

Ian Silberman(shoulder)

Pop Saunders (knee)

 

SENIOR DAY

Eighteen seniors to be honored Saturday on Senior Day in the Swamp.

Nick Alajajian 6’3″ 269 Defensive Lineman  Naples, Florida

Jon Bostic 6’1″ 246 Linebacker  Wellington, Florida

Josh Evans 6’2″ 201 Safety  Irvington, NJ

Cole Gilliams 6’4″ 326 Offensive Lineman  Valrico, Florida

Mike Gilllislee 5′ 11″ 209 Running Back  Deland, Florida

Christopher Guido 6’1″ 216 Long Snapper  Altamonte Springs, Florida

Frankie Hammond, Jr 6’0″ 187 Wide Receiver  Hollywood, Florida

Omarius Hines 6’2″ 217 Tight End  Corsicana, Texas

Omar Hunter 6’0″ 313  Defensive Lineman  Buford, Georgia

Larentee McCray 6’3″ 249 Linebacker  Ocala, Florida

Xavier Nixon 6’6″ 314  Fayetteville, North Carolina

Earl Okine 6’7″ 287  Gainesville, Florida

Scott Peek 6’2″ 231 Running Back  Tampa, Florida

John Reichardt 6’1″ 297 Offensive Lineman  Gainesville, Florida

Sam Robey 6’3″ 305  Louisville, Kentucky

Jesse Schmitt  5’7″ 168 Running Back  Palm Beach Gardens

Caleb Sturgis 5’11” 189 Kicker  St Augustine

James Wilson 6’4″ 323 Offensive Lineman  Pontre Vedra

 

TIDBITS

Saturday this team will be shooting to become one of only three Gator teams to go 7-0 in the Swamp.

Loucheiz Purifoy was named SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance on Saturday. He blocked a last second punt which was returned 36 yards for the game winning touchdown.

“A guy (Purifoy) that’s really fun to watch play,” Muschamp said.  “You turn the tape on and understand why we’re trying to get him on offense, you see why.  Because he plays with relentless effort all the time.”

“Just relentless effort in everything he does, he’s got great ball skills, he’s got a knack for making plays. I’m just proud of the year that he is having.”

Concerning Jeff Driskel and his status for this week’s game,

“Right now they just think that he’ll be doubtful for the game,” Muschamp said.

“It’s a sprained ankle, we’re going to find out what he can do. He’s in a walking boot right now, that’s a precautionary. That’s what we always do with every sprained ankle, we’ll see how the swelling goes on the ankle and see where it goes.”

“Some guys recover quicker than others.  I don ‘t know.  We’ll see Wednesday what he can do if he can do anything? if not we’ll go forward, we’ll be fine Jacoby will play well.”

Muschamp spoke briefly about the hard work the team put in during the offseason that has helped them to handle adversity.

“This football team is a team that has worked extremely hard starting in January.  They’ve put in the time and the effort to understand and put themselves in situations of facing adversity and then handling adversity.”

Asked about Jacoby Brissett coming off the bench to lead the team against Lousiana-Lafayette, Muschamp said,

“You never know when you’re numbers going to be called,there’s no question.  It’s a great example for us all. When your number’s called you better be ready to perform and perform well.  We always talk about man down, man up.  In that situation you got a man up in play.  It’s different than other positions. the quarterback position and how it affects the entire the team.  We’re certainly proud of his efforts”

On Mike Gillislee and his struggles the last few games, Muschamp said,

“I think he’s played well.   I think people have schemed us up a little differently and tried to take away the tailback out of the running game.  That’s why our quarterback has been very efficient running the  football. I think it’s opened some other things up on the perimeter. Omarius Hines and some things on the perimeter in the outside run game.  We have not been as efficient running the ball between the tackles since the LSU game.”

On the offensive struggles in general in year one of a new offense as opposed to the situation the defense was in being in the second year of a system, Muschamp said,

“Any time you go through a transition, you’re going to go through your growing pains. and you’re going to go through times where, from a communication standpoint, there’s a lot more thinking going on than there is reacting.  Whenever you’re doing that it slows you down a little bit as a player. That’s where you get the fine line as a coach are you doing enough to be unpredictable or are you doing too much to where your kids are thinking too much.  “

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