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Joker Phillips already making impression as Gators' new wide receivers coach



New Florida WR coach Joker Phillips is attending bowl practices and lending his expertise, but he will not coach the Gators in the Sugar Bowl.

Phillips, the former Kentucky head coach, joined the staff two weeks ago, and immediately began recruiting during the open period.

But Florida coach Will Muschamp said GA and interim receivers coach Bush Hamdan will finish out the season in the role he took on when former WR coach Aubrey Hill abruptly resigned in August.

“Bush is coaching the bowl,'' Muschamp said. "I told the receivers, you’ve got a month audition (for Phillips). You have 15 practices to go play really well and get a great first impression for your future position coach.”

Muschamp said the decision to have Hamdan coach was partyly because of his knowledge of the system and because he has earned that right. He said the decision to hire Phillips was not a poor reflection upon Hamdan.

“Obviously I think Bush did an outstanding job this year,'' Muschamp said.

Meanwhile, Phillips is already making an impression on the receivers.

“He’s a great coach,'' senior WR Frankie Hammond said. "With his resume, he knows his stuff. With the little time I have with him, it’s just picking his brain. Bush is going to finish it out, but he’s coming into practice with us, and any little thing we do wrong he can put his two cents in and help us out these past couple of days. (It's good) just getting advice from anybody I can moving forward.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:04am]


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