Florida offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator:
Q: How did it feel rushing for 367 yards against South Carolina?
A: I just want to win. The bottom line is we want to win. If we have to rush for 50 yards and throw for more to win, then that’s all that matters. We rushed for 360 and we had to do what we had to do to win the game and we did. That’s all that counts. If we had to rush for 360, then we had to rush for 360 and take care of it. If it’s protect him for throwing the ball 60 times, then that’s what we have to do.
Q: Is there a little more celebration for all those yards?
A: I guess there’s a little more, I guess you get a little more. Obviously, running the ball is a physical thing, so it shows we were physical up front and physical with the running backs and quarterbacks running the ball. So, I guess you pat yourself on the back a little while, but then get back to work on Sunday.
Q: Where have the offensive linemen progressed the most?
A: I think it’s just that they started trusting the scheme. Even in that game, trusting it. We got a little up-tempo there and ran the same play three times in a row right down the field for about 60 yards. When you get up and get going, if you trust the scheme, you trust what we do fundamentally, you trust the backs, we’re going to have success.
Q: How well are running backs Jordan Scarlett, Lamical Perine and Dameon Pierce playing?
A: You see them getting better each week. Between Jordan, Perine and Pierce and even Feleipe ran hard and downhill. He converted on those third downs, those third-and-twos and third-and-threes that we needed. Anytime you move the chains and get a first down it’s a big deal. First downs and touchdowns are huge for us.
Q: How has true freshman offensive tackle Richard Gouraige’s development been?
A: Good. The one thing with Richard, he’s a conscientious kid in everything he does. I love that with all the freshmen, between Chris (Bleich), Richard and Griffin (McDowell). They’re all very conscientious workers. The biggest thing to me is to learn the expectation of what the standard is. They have no idea what the standard is. To me, every day for them is learn that, whether it’s on the field, off the field, learn that.