UF's Taylor is trending


Florida running back Kelvin Taylor runs upfield for a touchdown against South Carolina during the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia last Saturday.

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Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.

It took him a while to crack the starting lineup, but now that he has, true freshman Kelvin Taylor is quickly emerging as a potential star at tailback.

The coaches, of course, are pleased with his development.

“Kelvin has improved tremendously,” offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. “I'm not sure how you guys view it, but I'm excited about Kelvin. I think he's really come on with the game experience.

“When you go back and look at the film, there's still spots where you say,

'Here's what you need to do, here's what you need to understand more.' But in the same sense, he's getting all these things.

“And he'll get better and better. I want to see him in his third or fourth year. He's going to probably be outstanding.”

Provancha next in line

If Murphy is unable to play Saturday, walk-on Christian Provancha will be the No. 2 quarterback for the second week in a row.

“If we were to have another injury at quarterback, Christian has taken the reps there and he could certainly go in the game,” Muschamp said. “He's very smart. He's a very good athlete. He's got really good arm strength. He understands our system and what we do and what it's going to take to be successful. He understand the game plan. He would perform well given the opportunity.”

Christy's fall hard to explain

Like just about everybody else, Muschamp isn't quite sure what brought on the slump that has dropped Kyle Christy from a Ray Guy Award finalist a year ago to the backup punter role this season.

“I don't know. It's been tough to put your finger on it,” Muschamp said. “I think No. 1, Johnny Townsend has punted extremely well. You go back into training camp, he really punted well.

“Kyle didn't punt as well in game situations and had the dropped snap there against Tennessee, which is a critical mistake for us. So, we gave Johnny the opportunity, and I think he's taken advantage of it.

“Kyle's doing a nice job punting (in practice). Continues to punt well and is obviously talented at the position, but Johnny is, too, and right now, we're going with Johnny.”

Durkin wants to be a HBC

Durkin, who is considered an up-and-comer in the coaching ranks, said his goal is to become a head coach and that he'd be interested if a school approached him.

“Yeah, but total hypothetical,” he said. “I haven't been approached by anyone, but yeah, one day I want to be a head coach.

“It would have to be the right situation, the right place. A lot of factors go into it. It wouldn't just be (for) any job.”

Easley staying in touch

Although defensive tackle Dominique Easley is now focused on rehabbing his surgically repaired knee and getting ready for the NFL draft, he's still in contact with the UF coaches and players.

Durkin was asked if he still talks to Easley.

“Yeah, about 15 minutes ago,” he said. “He's doing good. He's rehabbing, doing well, in good spirits. He's attacking it like we knew he would. He's got a lot of football ahead of him. He'll have a great football career at the next level.

“We talk to him about every week. I know guys on the team do as well. We, as a staff, speak to him every day. He's a guy who is very important to our team, our staff, myself personally.

“That guy poured his heart and soul into the program in everything he did. We're not forgetful of that, and we sure would love to have him right now. He's got a lot of football ahead of him and we're trying to help him anyway we can.”

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