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Teryl Austin getting adjusted to life as a Gator



Teryl Austin has spent his first few days in Gainesville mostly watching film and trying to learn as much as possible about his new Gator players.

What he won't do any time soon is commit to a particular style of defense the Gators will be playing. That, said the new defensive coordinator, remains to be seen.

"We're going to do a lot of things that are player-friendly,'' said Austin, who was hired last week. . . "The thing I want to do and the things I can do are always two different things. It all depends on the personnel and what they can do. One thing I did learn, and I learned it a long time ago, is you better do what your personnel can.''

With his family still in Arizona, Austin has spent his first week in Gainesville "diving into our players and playbook,'' and watching a lot of film on Florida's current players.

He said he has no idea who might emerge as starters and leaders for the Gators, since he doesn't know any of the players, but so far he's impressed by Brandon Hicks and Tampa LB A.J. Jones.

Austin said he realizes following former defensive coordinator Charlie Strong won't be easy, but he won't make the mistake of trying to recreate what Strong built. He plans to forge his own defense.

"I'm a big boy,'' Austin said. "I've got to find my own way. I think the big thing is you've got to come in and be you. I can't be anybody but me, because it will show. The players will know, the coaches will know. I'm just me. That's how I've been everywhere I've been. That seems to have worked well for me, and I'm not going to change.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:40pm]


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