Will Muschamp prepares to open fall camp with many uncertainties
In a perfect scenario, this isn't the way Florida head coach Will Muschamp would like to enter fall preseason camp. But the Gators will begin practice on Saturday with a lot of questions that currently have no definitive answers.
Muschamp said he's known all summer this is how things would go, and he and his staff are prepared for the challenges, which he said are numerous.
"Depth (lack of), that's not going to change,'' he said. "More play-making ability outside. Deonte (Thompson) and Quinton (Dunbar) are two guys that were probably our best vertical threats in the spring. We need more. We need more play-making ability outside of that. We need more than Chris Rainey from the running back position. It's a long year in the SEC. It's a physical, tough league. We need more pass rushers outside that can win one-on-one matchups.''
But even with all the uncertainty, that doesn't mean there's nothing positive to work with, Muschamp added.
"I feel good about our players inside,'' he said. "We need more linebackers to step up other than (Jon) Bostic and Jelani (Jenkins), who are outstanding players. I'm excited about them. We feel very good about our athleticism on the back end, some guys that hadn't played a whole lot. Those are things to me that are a little bit unknowns.''
Special teams is another area that provides both experience and some uncertainty.
"Our punter, Kyle Christy is a freshman and he would punt for us today,'' Muschamp said. "So he's a little bit of an unknown. Caleb(Sturgis, kicker) is very steady. I'm excited about Caleb I think he's outstanding. We're replacing some guys on special teams that I thought played very well for Florida last year. So there's just some uncertainties.''