Muschamp supports Pease's decision
Published: Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
Since the firing of Kentucky coach Joker Phillips on Sunday, Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease has been listed as a possible candidate to replace him.
Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that Pease has interest in the job.
Pease served as offensive coordinator for the Wildcats from 2001-2002. On Sept. 18, he had this to say about his time in Lexington.
“Two or three of my best friends still live there,” Pease said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for that place because I worked there, and I really love Lexington. I’ve still got a lot of friends that are in the administration there that worked closely with me and helped me out.”
UF coach Will Muschamp said Pease has his full support if Kentucky comes calling.
“Brent is certainly an outstanding football coach,” Muschamp said. “Any opportunity he has as a head coach I know that I will fully endorse that as well as Jeremy Foley our athletic director, and our president. He is a really good football coach and that goes for any of our coaches. If they have an opportunity to be a head coach, I am all for it.”
Since Steve Spurrier’s resignation from UF in 2001, all of Florida’s offensive coordinators — Larry Fedora (Southern Miss, North Carolina), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Steve Addazio (Temple), Charlie Weis (Kansas) — prior to Pease have become FBS head coaches.
Muschamp announced Monday that true freshman Jafar Mann is transferring.
“Jafar Mann and I met (Sunday) night and he decided to transfer,” Muschamp said. “He and I agreed that it's time for him to move on.”
Mann has not seen action in any of Florida's nine games this year and wasn't on the team's travel roster for road trips.
Mann was a consensus three-star defensive tackle prospect out of Stone Mountain, Ga., but he played on both lines of scrimmage for Stephenson High.
On Aug. 28, The Sun first reported Mann had been moved to offensive guard. Mann then tweeted on Sept. 12 that he was back on defense.
His departure leaves the Gators with 77 scholarship players on their roster, including 13 seniors. That number does not include walk-ons who have been awarded scholarships for the 2012 season.
When asked about the future of quarterback Jacoby Brissett, Muschamp gave no indications that Brissett will seek a transfer.
“He'll be a Florida Gator,” Muschamp said.
Brissett lost the quarterback competition with fellow sophomore Jeff Driskel after the season opener and has only played in mop-up duty this year. Muschamp said Brissett has handled being the backup “as good as you could.”
“He's approached it knowing he's a snap away of walking on the field and having to win for us,” Muschamp said. “We've been nothing but more than pleased with how he's handled things.”
Muschamp said running back Mack Brown (ankle) is the only player questionable for Saturday's game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Receiver Andre Debose (knee), offensive linemen Jon Halapio (ankle), Xavier Nixon (knee) and James Wilson (knee), Buck linebacker Lerentee McCray (ankle), safety Matt Elam (groin) and kicker Caleb Sturgis (ankle) all did not practice Monday, but they are expected to return Tuesday and are probable for this weekend.
Sturgis was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award on Monday for the third consecutive year. Sturgis was a finalist for the award last season. Three finalists will be announced Nov. 19 and the winner on Dec. 6 at the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show.
SEC honors Floyd
Florida junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd received SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week honors Monday along with Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith.
Floyd tallied five total tackles (all solo), with a team-high three for losses, and one quarterback pressure, in Florida's 14-7 win against Missouri.
“Sharrif was very difficult to block inside in this ball game, and has been for most part of the season,” Muschamp said. “He's playing his natural position inside. He's having a fantastic year.”
Kickoff for final home game
Florida's Nov. 17 home game against Jacksonville State is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff and will be carried on pay-per-view on participating cable systems, satellite systems and commercial establishments throughout the state of Florida.
Viewers should call/contact their local cable/satellite company for further details. Outside Florida, the game will be offered via ESPN GamePlan.
The live PPV airing will be in addition to Sun Sports' taped presentation of the game airing during the network's Sunday morning edition of Breakfast with the Gators beginning at 8:30 a.m. and again Tuesday at 11 p.m.