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Gators new staff brings business-like approach



Florida coach Will Muschamp surprised many people when he bypassed several high-profile, longtime college assistants opting to hire some veteran NFL assistants.

But the strategy may have paid dividends long before fall camp begins this week. 

Senior DE William Green said the coaching staff has infused a professional type atmosphere that has made a significant impact on the players during offseason workouts.

"They bring a very professional approach to the game,'' Green said. "I feel like we'll  be better prepared this year. Coach Quinn (Dan, defensive coordinator) is a heavy, heavy fundamental coach so I feel like that will help us out a lot, too. I think our fundamentals suffered last year defensively, with footwork and tackling. It's been a heavy focus and I think we can get that fixed this year.''

With the loss of seven starters on defense, and the dismissal earlier this year of All-SEC CB Janoris Jenkins, Green said the players realize there are questions surrounding the Gators' defense. But he said the players realize that the best team in the SEC have exceptional defenses - particularly up front. 

"We've got high expectations for our front this year,'' he said. "We've all been working really, really hard. This has probably been our best offseason since I've been at Florida. I just feel like guys aren't playing around, guys are working hard. I see guys improving physically, guys working harder on techniques, fundamentals and improving on all aspects of the game.''


[Last modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 10:45am]


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