Notebook: Going slow on offense

March, 23, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's first scrimmage will be business as usual for the defense, but things are going to be a lot different for the offense.

UF's defensive staff will handle the scrimmage as if it's game day, with most of the staff up in the Florida Field press box. The offensive staff, however, will be on the field because of injuries and unfamiliarity with the new offense and new coaches Brent Pease and Tim Davis.

"Offensively we're still working through some things, so obviously they'll be involved as far as getting some guys aligned in some situations, make sure the huddle procedure is right, the quarterbacks are managing the huddle and managing our football team," Muschamp said. "I told Brent this morning, if you gotta get out there and get 'em lined up, let's just get a functional play off, let's not be uncertain about where we are, where we're lining up and what we're doing."

The Gators will be without three receivers because of injury -- Stephen Alli (groin), Solomon Patton (groin) and Ja'Juan Story (ankle) -- and the players have had only six practices in Pease's offense. Muschamp said the plan is to have most of the offensive staff in the press box for next Saturday's scrimmage.

The Gators will do a lot of situational and special teams work this Saturday.

"We'll do coming out [from the end zone], we'll do red zone again, we'll have a third-down rack, we'll do some special teams work, which has been going very well, and just put the ball and play," Muschamp said. "Whether it's short yardage, long yardage, converting, getting in the red zone, two-point plays, [players have to be ready for] all the situations that come up in the game and learn how to be a good player."

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Muschamp said Wednesday's practice was the most physical one since he has been at Florida. "It was good to finally hear some pads popping and running the ball downhill and playing blocks and finishing blocks and tackling decently well," he said. "I was really pleased with Wednesday."

Defensive tackle Leon Orr (shoulder) may not participate in Saturday's scrimmage.

UF practiced at 6 a.m. Friday, which Muschamp said was done to give the players plenty of time to rest before the scrimmage. However, that meant Muschamp wasn't able to watch the entirety of Florida's Sweet 16 game against Marquette. "Guys are playing well, obviously playing great defense," Muschamp said. "That's the key. You can have some off nights offensively but no matter what sport it is, you have to play defense."

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