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Coach's Take: Florida
Written by Hunt Palmer, Senior Writer   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 10:20


On Florida: “The Florida team is a very talented team. They have beaten both Texas A&M and Tennessee this year. They are very good and well coached by Will Muschamp, a defensive guy and a guy whose defense plays extremely well that way. Their quarterback, Jeff Driskel, seems to get better with each throw. He has thrown for 700 yards and four touchdowns. They have a very talented running back in Mike Gillislee. He is second in the conference in rushing with over 100 yards a game. He is very tough and loose. They are efficient on offense. They seem to go down the field and have defensive playmakers. They have a real positive turnover margin. The opportunity to go play in “The Swamp” is always a great challenge to any team. It is a challenge that our team will look forward to. I am looking forward to another great week of practice to see if we can improve and get some things out of the way.”

On dealing with penalties: “I grade every penalty. Some of these are great effort, great energy penalties. Some, you don’t necessary know how the call was made, and you have to get the right angle to make sure it was so you could see it correctly. I think we’re coming there. I think our understanding becomes even more vivid when you get into a game like this and penalties stop drives.”

On LSU and Florida defense similarities: “I think (head coach) Will (Muschamp) has done a great job there. I think their guys certainly understand what they want to get accomplished. They have all the characteristics of very quality leadership. They tackle well, they come off of the ball and they have great speed to the ball. That’s the same for our defense and (defensive coordinator) John Chavis as well.”

On playing in “The Swamp,” Ben Hill Griffin Stadium: “It’s a great place to play. If you enjoy classic college venues, and if you enjoy the SEC, that’s as good as it gets. Quality opponent on the road, loud, I think it’s a great place to play.”

On Florida's QB situation compared to 2011: “It’s night and day. A quarterback that understands what his role is and what he’s supposed to do, tt makes an offense more productive."

On the fumbles: "It’s not something we want to continue. We work on [ball security] a lot. Our guys understand sometimes extending runs allows guys to be a little bit more not secure with the ball. We’re correcting that. We’d expect that we’ll have ball security. We’ve certainly had that here over our time.”

On injured fullback J.C. Copeland: "He practiced the whole practice (Wednesday). What it amounts to is it was more of a young guy that had his leg turned in a different direction that didn't translate well to him. It didn't swell. Really it's not realy all that tender. He worked some Tuesday, and he full practiced (Wednesday). I'd think he can play."

On Florida's defensive front: "The Florida front is a 'come to the line of scrimmage' big, physical guys. They get to the ball. They pressure the offensive lineman. It's kind of what we'd be used to from them to be honest."

On LB Luke Muncie dealing with illness: "He's gotten a lot more work this week, so maybe there is an opportunity for him. We'll have to see how he feels."

On playing the team's second game away from Tiger Stadium: "I would expect that the thing that we need to take from the first road experience is how we played in the second half. And that we started fast, if there's two pieces from the frst road game that I would like to have, it would be those. If we do those things, I think we'll be fine. And finish.

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