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Lack of depth, potential injuries a concern for Will Muschamp heading into season



As he prepares to enter fall football camp next week for the first time with the Florida Gators, head coach Will Muschamp said he's only going to concern himself with things he can control.

So while he's not happy about the fact the Gators will enter the season with only 70 scholarship players, it's not something he's dwelling on right now.

"We’re a little down, we’re a little thin.'' Muschamp said. "Obviously that’s a little frustrating. But that’s where we are and I don’t think anybody is feeling sorry for the Gators. I worry about the things we can control and where we are with what we’re doing. I’m excited with the work ethic of our team. I think guys have really bought into each other. We’ve got a real close-knit unit and I’m real pleased with the progress from what I’m hearing.''

There is a depth issue that does concern Muschamp and the staff and that's at offensive line. With senior starting QB John Brantley and the rest of the offense trying to fully comprehend a new offensive system, the lack of depth up front could be a major issue.

"It’s huge,'' Muschamp said. "We went into the spring game with six scholarship offensive linemen. We can’t afford injuries. So right now as we hit training camp, other than Neiron Ball, we look to be full speed with all the scholarship guys out there rolling. But we can’t afford injuries. We’ve got four quality inside players defensively – Dominique (Easley), Shariff (Floyd), Jaye (Howard) and Omar (Hunter). Past that, we’ve got to continue to develop. We’ve got to develop more pass rushers. And then with the offensive line situation, I think we have talented players, but we can’t afford injuries.''

[Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2011 11:16am]


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