Gators to spend open week working on correcting their own problems
LSU can wait.
The Gators and Tigers will meet in Gainesville on Oct. 6, but for the majority of this open week for the Gators, the emphasis will be on - the Gators.
Florida coach Will Muschamp gave his team Monday off and said the remainder of this week's practices will be spent trying to correct some of the issues that have been problems during the first four weeks.
"There are some things we need to clean up,'' Muschamp said. "Obviously, short yardage and goal line — until the last game — has not been what we want. We're going to study that. Third down and red zone, we always rep one-minute in the open date to have opportunities to put our players in situations. We had situations that came up (Saturday). We need to get three points there. That's something, Jeff needs to get rid of the football. Those are things where we're going to try and create those opportunities for our players.''
Floirda is fourth in rushing offense in the SEC with 224.5 yards per game, but Muschamp is looking for a little more help to enhance the running game even more.
"The run game, I think has been very good for us,'' he said. "We've got to do a better job of blocking on the perimeter. That's where you get big runs is when you're blocking on the perimeter and finishing the blocks down the field. Defensively, some of the one-back runs that have come out have been more perimeter run for us. That's what we're going to work on that.''
Muschamp also has defensive issues he wants addressed.
"With our secondary and our linebackers as far as understanding where you fit down the field, so that will be good for both sides of the ball,'' he said. "The two-back runs, we haven't faced much. We did a little bit with Tennessee, a little bit with Kentucky. But we're going to spend a lot of time fitting the two-back runs, which obviously we will get with LSU. We'll continue to develop and work on our four-man pass rush. It's been very sporadic. A little bit of that's been the quarterbacks we've faced. They've slowed our guys down a bit as far as rushing the passer. But we've got to continue to do a better job of rushing four guys in the red zone defensively. We're 7-of-10 as far as allowing touchdowns. We've got to force some field goals down there, and I'm looking at that right now.''