Five questions with Florida lineman Jon Halapio


Florida offensive lineman Jon Halapio says as a senior he's trying to provide more of a leadership role to the younger players on the team.

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Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.

Q: Are you worried about the four-game losing streak causing your teammates to check out?

A: We definitely need to look out for that. I feel like maybe younger players would have that mentality. I know the older players are trying to keep the team together. That's something we've got to guard against with the younger players. We're trying to keep everybody up and keep everybody together.

Q: How do younger players get past that?

A: Just following the older players. When the older players come around, they see you've got that look on your face like you don't want to do anything this week. An older player comes around and says to pick it up this week. ... The leadership on this team needs to take over.

Q: Are you trying to provide that as a senior and one of the team leaders?

A: I've been trying to do a good job about it. I'm more of a lead by example kind of guy. I'm not one of those who go out there and hurrah the guys. I'm doing my part. I know (Jonotthan) Harrison's doing his part and Solomon Patton's doing his part.

Q: With Tyler Murphy dealing with a shoulder injury, how would you feel about going into the South Carolina game with Skyler Mornhinweg at quarterback?

A: After this week, I'd be confident. He's doing well. Just have to see after this week. This week will probably be the first week we have him every single day because Tyler Murphy is day-to-day.

Q: How does the offense change with Skyler?

A: I don't think it changes that much, really. I think just Skyler back there, he need reps. Tyler has taken the majority of the reps. ... I can imagine we'll probably be running the ball more if Skyler was to play this Saturday. It's a coach's decision.

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