UF-UGA: No need for pep talk
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:29 p.m.
The Florida Gators can win the SEC's Eastern Division with a victory over Georgia on Saturday, but UF coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday the Gators are taking the approach that this is just another league game on the schedule.
“We approach all games the same,” Muschamp said on the SEC coaches' teleconference. “I know no one wants to hear that, but that's the way we do it here. When you consistently approach things the same way, you promote consistent performance in your players.
“It's not all of a sudden, ‘Coach Muschamp thinks this is the most important game.' They all count for one. They're all critical. We know what's at stake. When we go on the practice field Monday, our guys were excited. You don't need to give pep talks this week. They'll be excited to play.”
Muschamp wants the Gators excited in practice, but not too excited. He said he's been around teams in the past that peaked too soon emotionally the week of a big game.
“We need to play well at 3:39 on Saturday,” he said. “We need them to be ready to go then. Not on Tuesday. Not on Wednesday.
“Sometimes you've lost the game during the week with the amount of energy you've gone (through). The way we practice, our approach is always the same.”
Muschamp said true freshman wide receiver Latroy Pittman, who missed the South Carolina game with a sprained ankle, returned to practice Tuesday and will play in Saturday's game.
Muschamp said he was hopeful defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (ankle) would be able to practice Wednesday.
Offensive tackle Matt Patchan (pectoral muscle) and cornerback Cody Riggs (fractured foot) are not expected to play Saturday, Muschamp said.