11-1 a product of bowl practice

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel scrambles during the second half of the Gators' 37-26 win against Florida State University on Nov. 24 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.

Rob C. Witzel/Staff photographer
Published: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 12:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 12:57 p.m.

One of the many benefits of participating in a postseason bowl game is the practice time to prepare the teams for the game and for the next season.

Florida used the workouts prior to last season's Gator Bowl to defeat Ohio State and as a springboard to this 11-1 season.

The Gators practiced Dec. 7-8 and will drill again this week before breaking for the Christmas holiday. They will start preparations Dec. 27 in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl against Louisville on Jan. 2.

“We have had four practices like training camp or spring. We are working on fundamentals,” UF coach Will Muschamp said at Monday's news conference.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel will benefit from getting the 15 extra practices, said Muschamp, who added that his sophomore quarterback is “100 percent” after suffering a late-season ankle injury.

In other news Monday:

Muschamp confirmed that freshman defensive back Willie Bailey will transfer. The UF coach doesn't expect any more transfers. “We're good right now,” said Muschamp, adding that he will address potential transfers and NFL early departures after the Sugar Bowl. ... Linebacker Jelani Jenkins had successful surgery on his foot and offensive lineman Ian Silberman on his shoulder. Both will miss the bowl game. Muschamp says he gets contacted every day from other schools regarding his assistant coaches, but says he expects his staff to remain intact. New receivers coach Joker Phillips will not coach the receivers for the bowl game, but will concentrate on recruiting and evaluating talent, while graduate assistant Bush Hamden will continue his current role with the receivers.

Click back for more from today's news conference.

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