Notebook: Wuerffel playing 'Two-Bits' part
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 3:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 3:52 p.m.
Danny Wuerffel put together many memorable performances on Florida Field during his All-American (and Heisman Trophy-winning) career at Florida. On Saturday, he will put on a performance of a much different kind.
Wuerffel is going to be the honorary “Mr. Two Bits,” and will be leading the cheer from midfield before Saturday’s game against Tennessee, a team Wuerffel was 4-0 against.
Wuerffel follows former teammate Errict Rhett in the role of celebrity “Mr. Two Bits.” Rhett put on quite an emotional and animated performance in the role in the Gators’ opener three weeks ago.
“(Rhett’s performance) was both inspiring and intimidating,” Wuerffel told the school’s website. “I never had the enthusiasm or athleticism of Errict Rhett. I don’t even know if I should try to match it. So, I guess I’m going to have to do it my own way or drink two or three Red Bulls before I go out there.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this kind of pressure in The Swamp.”
Wuerffel also will be honored Saturday for recently being voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
TB Brown aiming high
Junior tailback Mack Brown has high expectations for the running combination of himself and sophomore starter Matt Jones.
“I feel like we’re just getting started,” he said. “I feel like our one-two punch can be one of the best in history, really. He’s a great back. That was his first game back, too. We’re both getting our confidence back right now. It’s going to be a good season.”
Easley’s drive for perfection
Although senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley has been pretty dominant so far this season, he says he thinks he’s only been “all right.”
“I strive for perfection,” he said. “If there’s no perfection, there’s no greatness.”
Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin doesn’t exactly agree with Easley’s assessment of himself.
“I think he's played better than all right,” Durkin said. “I'm glad he's hard on himself that way. He's a very self-motivated guy. That guy has an unbelievable motor, as I've talked about before. He's definitely been better than all right.
“I think he can play better than he has played, and he'll continue to do that because of how hard he practices, how well he prepares, how hard he plays in games and how talented he is. He'll get better and better every game as the season goes on."
Muschamp on Driskel
Despite Jeff Driskel’s three-turnover performance in the loss to Miami, UF coach Will Muschamp said Driskel is a much-improved quarterback in his second year as the starter.
“He had more command of what we've been doing, you know, as far as just the offense is concerned in Year 2 of our scheme and our system,” Muschamp said. “But I think as much as anything, the game has slowed down for him. Again, he made a couple of forced throws in the last ball game, but also made some really nice throws down the field and did some nice things for the offense as far as run game and pass game are concerned.
“I think as much as anything, just command, anticipation and then the confidence of the guys around him and not just understanding what he needs to do, but all 11 guys."
Freshmen of influence
During the SEC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday, Muschamp broke down the freshmen who are going to play this season and those who likely will redshirt.
Here are the freshmen who are playing now and will continue to do so: linebacker Alex Anzalone, linebacker Jarrad Davis, wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, linebacker Daniel McMillian, safety Keanu Neal, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, tailback Kelvin Taylor and wide receiver Chris Thompson.
Here are freshmen who haven’t played, but still could: defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick, defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and defensive lineman Antonio Riles.
Here are the freshmen expected to redshirt: wide receiver Alvin Bailey, offensive lineman Cameron Dillard, safety Marcell Harris, wide receiver Marqui Hawkins, defensive end Joey Ivie, offensive guard Octavius Jackson, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson, running back Adam Lane, linebacker Matt Rolin (injured), defensive end Jordan Sherit, quarterback Max Staver, punter Johnny Townsend, safety Nick Washington (injury) and offensive lineman Trevon Young.