Notebook: Muschamp touches on key issues with Gators

Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 11:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 11:12 p.m.

LAKELAND — Will ­Muschamp sure is thorough.

Florida's first-year head football coach kicked off his booster club speaking tour in Lakeland on Wednesday night and gave more than 1,000 people in attendance a full helping of information on his team.

Muschamp went name by name when talking about his talent and touched on some key topics:

Trey Burton is going to play what UF calls the “F position” which is a fullback type.

“He's instinctive, tough. He gets it,” Muschamp said.

Muschamp isn't worried about Jeff Demps missing spring to run track.

“He won national championships for the Gators. I'm not a selfish guy, I think that's important. He went through the meetings and he went through all the stuff, so we're going to be in good hands there,” he said.

Mike Gillislee, who missed spring with a stress fracture in his foot, “is going to be fine.”

“Matter of fact, he's out back running now,” Muschamp.

Freshman running back Mack Brown, who broke his fibula in spring, will be medically cleared June 22.

Muschamp defended John Brantley's lackluster spring game, saying he couldn't do much with little time to see the field.

“I was standing behind him. With that front, there wasn't a whole lot of blocking going on. I called a couple of them look-out blocks. When that ball was snapped they turned around and say, ‘look out' because it was coming quick. The quarterback position is kind of like the old head coach — you get way too much credit when things go right and way too much credit when things go wrong,” he said.

Muschamp talked about the Gators' state up front and mentioned Jonotthan Harrison moving from guard to center.

“He brings an element of toughness to our football team,” he said.

Redshirt freshman tackle Chaz Green will compete with Matt Patchan, who is back lifting and wasn't ready for contact this spring.

Muschamp is excited about tight end Jordan Reed's possibilities after he developed his toughness this spring.

“I really think athletically will be as good a tight end as I've been around,” he said.

Gerald Christian will play tight end and fullback also could play some snaps on defense. He's currently listed as a linebacker.

“He's certainly showed that ability,” Muschamp said.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins recently got back full range of motion on his shoulder that he had surgery on and should be a “full go” once summer sessions begin.

Closed practices

A UF supporter asked Muschamp why spring practices were closed off to the public — aside from former players — and the coach said it was to avoid opposing teams getting the chance to game plan.

“I know as a coach preparing for a team when there's uncertainty, it's very frustrating,” he said.

“With our age of technology and the Internet stuff, a guy can walk out to practice with a pen and film practice right now,” Muschamp added.

Muschamp hasn't decided on anything about future practices.

Muschamp on ESPN

Muschamp will be spending all of Thursday at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., and is scheduled to appear on numerous TV and radio shows.

Muschamp called it “a whole laundry list” of things lined up by Florida Associate Athletics Director for Communications Steve McClain.

“They might have to IV me at halftime I think,” Muschamp joked.

No outside influences

Muschamp doesn't care about what other teams are doing. His main concern is his own program.

“We just need to take care of the Gators. ... I'm not going to spend any time worrying about things I can't control. Just worry about Florida. We've won a bunch of games here and we're going to win a bunch of games,” he said.

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