Florida practices narrowing in on opponents
With three weeks remaining before the season-opener, Florida coach Will Muschamp said the Gators are no longer just working on basic drills, but instead are focusing on what they'll need for every upcoming opponent.
The experimentation phase is over and Florida is currently narrowing its focus to plays it most definitely will use this fall.
"You can’t do so much your players are confused,'' Muschamp said. "So we are right now weeding things out of what we do to get our guys to play fast and get them ready for the season. Because what I don’t want to do during the season is install new stuff each week. That makes for a slow player on Saturday. We need to install for the season. So we’ve game-planned, we’ve looked at all of our opponents. So we have an idea within our scheme of what we need to do to be successful. And with that being said, we’re trying to pare down right now where we are.''
A critical part of practice during the past several days, Muschamp said, has been situational drills - again designed to have the Gators prepared for anything that might come their way during a game.
"Making sure our guys are playing fast, playing physical, that’s been a lot of the emphasis,’’ Muschamp said. “We’ve had a lot of situational work in the last four or five practices. A lot of special teams emphasis, different situations that are going to come up in different games: two-minute situations, end of game, down a touchdown, down two scores, down three points. We’re putting the offense and defense in those situations. And a lot of red zone work. As we install, we install within the situation and that’s been the emphasis.''