Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Big 3: UF won't have Brown, Debose, Orr
By Michael DiRocco
GAINESVILE, Fla. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp took to the SEC's weekly teleconference on Wednesday morning to talk about the Gators’ game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. He touched on injuries, the passing offense, and what he remembers about telling QB Jacoby Brissett that Jeff Driskel had won the starting job.
1. Three guys are out
The Gators will be without two reserves and their top kickoff returner against the Ragin’ Cajuns, Muschamp said.
“Mack Brown probably will be out with an ankle. He’s not been able to do anything thus far this week.
"Andre Debose hyperextended his knee last Thursday and has been unable to get back in action so far, so definitely those two guys [won’t play]. Expecting everybody else back.
"Leon Orr, who’s missed time with an illness, right now is working his way back in shape. Probably will not play Saturday.”
The Gators’ other injured players -- LT Xavier Nixon (undisclosed), LG James Wilson (knee), RG Jon Halapio (ankle), FB Hunter Joyer (thigh bruise), K Caleb Sturgis (ankle) -- will play.
2. Airing it out
UF has thrown the ball 52 times in the last two games, including a season-high 29 times against Georgia. Not by design, though.
“I think it’s a little bit how the game played out. We realized we need to do a little bit more vertically throwing the football. It’s been a little bit of a conscious effort but more than anything what the defense is giving us. People are loading the box. We’ve got to create some opportunities for us down the field.”
3. A smooth conversation
Muschamp has commented several times this season about how well Brissett has handled himself after losing out on the starting job. Muschamp was asked what the meeting was like when he told Brissett that Driskel had won the job and what his message to Brissett was.
“Jacoby is a competitor and a guy that has handled this as good as anybody can handle it. But [the meeting went] very well. ... [Muschamp told him] that I thought he had done a great job preparing and working and we decided to go with Jeff. That meeting is between Jacoby and I. He was very professional.”