- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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GAINESVILE, Fla. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp took to the SEC's weekly teleconference on Wednesday morning to talk about the Gators’ game against South Carolina on Saturday. He touched on the Gators' injury situation, the pressure that coaches face in the SEC compared to other conferences, and offensive coordinator Brent Pease's ability to adapt as a play-caller.
1. Gators getting healthier
"[James] Wilson and [Dominique] Easley practiced yesterday. [Jelani] Jenkins practiced yesterday. [Jonotthan] Harrison will be back on the field today. [Xavier] Nixon will be back on the field today. Not sure about [Latroy] Pittman. That would be the one I would have a question mark on based on our press conference Monday."
2. More pressure on coaches in the SEC?
"Well I've only been a head coach here in the SEC. Obviously being a player here in this league and being a defensive coordinator for a long time in this league, week in, week out there are no gimmes in this league. That's what I would say separates our conference from a lot of conferences. When you line up each week in this league you'd better bring your 'A' game and play well. I think pressure's what you put on yourself as far as internally. I don't really worry about anything outside of our building other than preparing our football team week in and week out and controlling the things you can control. That's the way I've always been as a coordinator or position coach and now as a head coach. Let's just worry about things we can control."
3. Brent Pease adapts to personnel
"That's what good coaches do. They identify, 'This is who we are,' and I think sometimes in the coaching world the ... biggest mistakes is not identifying who you are. We've identified who we are and Brent's done a fantastic job. Brent's not a stat guy. Most of these offensive guys are all stat guys. That's all they care about. He cares about winning football games and doing what we need to do to win the game. So it's a credit to him. He played to his strengths at Boise and that was Kellen Moore. Right now we're playing good defense and special teams and running the ball."
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