Muschamp begins putting depth chart together
Published: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9:52 p.m.
Florida held its final major preseason scrimmage Friday, pretty much signaling the end of the physical drudgery of camp for the players.
OPEN PRACTICE TIMES
SATURDAY: 9:05 a.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Practice will be followed by Fan Day from 3-6 p.m. at the O'Connell Center
MONDAY: 12:21 p.m. at Sanders Football Practice Facility
TUESDAY: 12:21 p.m. at Sanders Football Practice Facility
Now, it's time for Will Muschamp and his coaches to grind through the mental version of two-a-days: making decisions on which players are ready to play and formulating a depth chart heading into the season.
“I told the team the last two days, this (the final scrimmage) is going to be moving day for a lot of guys,” Muschamp said. “We've got to start narrowing reps. We cannot continue to rep everybody. So as far as the guys preparing as we move forward in the season, this (was) D-Day so to speak for a lot of guys.”
Muschamp said the next step is for the coaching staff to meet and start breaking down tape and determining which players are going to be playing this season, and which ones likely aren't.
“I told the young players. The older players know: we can't continue to give some guys reps at positions where we're wasting our time,” Muschamp said. “We've got to move forward with the guys we need to go into the season with and really concentrate and develop the young players on the football team. That's critical.
“We'll have walk-throughs, we'll have practice and different things we need to do and accomplish and make whatever final decisions we've got to make as a staff as we move forward. Who do we need to be reppin' here, because there's only so many snaps you can take. And you've got to rep the guys that are going to be playing for you.”
Muschamp said player evaluations will be made at every position and on special teams. Muschamp said that may lead to some younger players possibly moving ahead of older players in certain spots.
“My question for our coaches is: All right, who do you count on? Not necessarily on August 31 but in game three, four, five. Who's going to be the best player for the University of Florida in those games?” Muschamp said. “Let's take our growing pains if we have to, but let's get those guys ready. Who's going to be ready for that opener? We've got to narrow it down.
“We can't continue to rep everybody we're repping. We don't have the amount of time. We're about to start school next Wednesday. So our practice time on the field needs to start decreasing.”
Muschamp could not come up with a number when he was asked Friday how many of the freshmen he anticipates contributing this season.
“I'd be hard-pressed to say right now,” he said. “We've certainly discussed that practice-by-practice. We're going to meet and going through, OK, this guy is no question going to help us offensively or defensively, get him on (special) teams. Get him somewhere, rep him. This guy, I'm not really sure right now, let's hold a little bit and continue to develop his role on the football team.
“We need to watch out there. That's the huge decisions that will be made from the scrimmage.”
The Gators will have a relatively light workload next week. They will have Wednesday off, then will not practice the Saturday or Sunday before the start of game week.
“We've got to get their legs back,” Muschamp said.
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