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Gators' Will Muschamp: "We're going to be fine"



While the national spotlight was on Florida’s former coach Urban Meyer all day Monday, its current coach Will Muschamp was out searching for a few good players. Following Saturday night’s 21-7 loss to Florida State, Muschamp was asked what he’ll be doing the next two weeks?

“I’ll be recruiting,’’ he said emphatically. “I will not be in Gainesville, Florida.’’

Muschamp said the Gators need improvement on both lines of scrimmage, and don’t have enough depth to create solid competition in practice. But he won’t go so far as to say the players he has lack the talent to compete in the SEC.

“I think we’ve got good talent on our football team, and we’ve got good young talent,’’ he said. “I remember two weeks ago looking at the two-deeps (rosters) in the league and we had 15 freshmen and sophomores starting in our top 22,more than any anybody else in the SEC. Over 70 percent of our roster is freshmen and sophomores and those are the guys that are primarily making most of the plays. But we’ve got to gain depth. You’ve got to have more people involved. You’re going to have injuires and you’ve got to create more competition in practice. We’re too thin on the line of scrimmage to win in this league.’’

Muschamp said too many people want to point to one or two areas in search of a quick-fix, but the Gators’ problems are more complicated than that. And while he acknowledged there is much to be corrected, he dimissed the notion that Florida’s rebuilding may be years in the making. but he said it’s not a quick fix.

“We’ve got a long way to go and we’re going to get there,’’ Muschamp said. “I have a clear vision for what we want to do and how we want to do it. And I’m more excited to do than the day I was hired about where we’re headed because I know where we’re headed. And I told our football team, we’re going to be fine. ''

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:11am]


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