Notebook: UF strength coach sparks motto
Published: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
What happens within the team stays within the team. That's kind of the way it's been with the Florida Gators under Will Muschamp. Team goals, themes, stuff like that, have remained closely guarded.
But one of the team mottos for the season has leaked out.
“Florida Never Breaks.”
Muschamp and the players were asked about it Monday.
Muschamp said strength and conditioning coordinator Jeff Dillman came up with the motto during offseason workouts, and it has carried over into the season, where the 7-0 Gators have not been broken.
“When you are sitting there in the middle of June and the middle of July you better be creative in how to motivate some of these guys,” Muschamp said. “I think back to when I was playing. It's hard. It's 150 degrees sitting outside and you're lifting weights.
“You better have somebody in there who has a great message to motivate you, and Jeff certainly does.”
The message has been embraced by the players.
“I means that we're a unit,” quarterback Jeff Driskel said. “We work in the offseason as a unit, we practice as a unit and we work to make each other better. That's where that comes from.
“It's definitely a whole team thing. It's a unity-type thing.”
No bankers' hours here
After looking somewhat tired during an interview on ESPN on Sunday night, Muschamp was asked Monday how much sleep he gets a night during the season.
“Not a lot,” he said. “Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are long days,” he said. “We get done when we get done. We don't set our office hours. We ain't working bankers' hours, I can tell you that.
“We kind of do what we have to do. When we get done and feel good about where we are, we get back early the next day.”
Murphy staying at quarterback
During Saturday's victory over South Carolina, No. 3 quarterback Tyler Murphy lined up at wide receiver for a play. But Muschamp said it should not be interpreted that Murphy is making a move.
“He's not going to change positions,” Muschamp said. “He's a guy who works hard in the program, does everything we ask, and he's a really good athlete. When you throw him out there (at wide receiver), you make the defensive coordinator think, ‘What is this?' ”
Patchan, Riggs still out
Muschamp said offensive tackle Matt Patchan and cornerback Cody Riggs will remain out for Saturday's game against Georgia.
Patchan sustained a strained pectoral muscle in August and has not played this season. Riggs is still recovering from the foot he fractured in the Texas A&M game. He's missed the last five games.
Muschamp said he expects defensive tackle Damien Jacobs to play Saturday. Jacobs got dinged up in the victory over South Carolina.
“He will be out today, but we expect him back tomorrow,” Muschamp said. “We feel he'll be probable for Saturday. That's kind of where we're at (with injuries). We should be fine.”
No trash talk from Clowney
Star South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has a reputation for trying to get in the head of opposing quarterbacks by threatening them in some way before or during a game. But Driskel said he heard no trash talking from Clowney in Saturday's 44-11 victory.
“No, he didn't say anything,” Driskel said. “He was just out there playing. That's how it should be. We kind of know each other going back to high school and recruiting, so he laid off me a little bit.”
Big year for Bostic
Not only has senior middle linebacker Jon Bostic become a leader this season, he's emerged as a possible all-star player, Muschamp said.
“I think Jon Bostic is playing as well as any linebacker in the country,” Muschamp said. “He's playing really well and he disengages on blocks. All the things we presented to him last season of getting stronger, getting firmer with his hands and short-area contact where he's got to get off blocks and sheds.
“He's always been a really good (player in space).”
Muschamp said Bostic has definite NFL potential.
“He can play every down,” Muschamp said. “He can cover, and there's not a lot of guys that can play inside and can cover and play on third down. He can. He's very intelligent.
“The other thing about Jon, and I try to get our players to understand, it's a 53-man roster (in the NFL). You better play special teams. Jon is on our punt team, he's helped us on kickoff. He does a lot of other things that bring value to him in the organization.”
SEC honors Christy
Sophomore punter Kyle Christy was named the SEC's special teams player of the week for his performance in the win over the Gamecocks.
He averaged a school-record 54.3 yards a punt, with a long of 62. All seven of his punts were for 50 yards or longer. Christy is No. 1 in the country with an average of 47.9.
No TV time yet for UF-Missouri
CBS has elected to use a six-day selection for next week's SEC games.
The Florida-Missouri game could end up on CBS at 3:30 p.m. or at noon on either ESPN or ESPN2. The other games being considered are Texas A&M at Mississippi State and Ole Miss at Georgia.