Day one of SEC Media Days is a wrap, and the man who we all love, Coach Will Muschamp, kicked things off. While there are over 6 pages of transcribed quotes from him, I’ll highlight the stuff important to you.
Muschamp brought up some interesting statistics that will really make your head spin to realize just how well Florida improved from 2011 to 2012. Take for example, the turnover margin. Florida was -12 in 2011, and finished 2012 with a +15 margin. That is dog-gum impressive for a one year turn around.
Additionally, he brought up being outscored in the fourth quarter saying, “My first season we were outscored by 50 points, 72 to 22; this past year we outscored our opponents by 41 points, 61 to 20. You’re talking about a 91-point swing in a season,” said Muschamp.
Yeah, talk about an improvement.
Another area addressed by Muschamp was the role of Loucheiz Purifoy on the offensive side of things. Without a doubt, Purify is a cornerback, but he did see lots of reps at wide receiver during the 2013 spring practice sessions. As I have speculated, the amount of reps Purifoy will get on the offensive side of things is contingent upon how well the receiving corp will perform in fall camp.
“Loucheiz Purifoy will have a role on offense. That will be really predicated on two situations, how well the five young guys and the guys we have on campus develop at the receiver position and how well we develop with some of the other defensive backs, how big a role he will have on offense. He will have a role on offense,” said Muschamp.
Read his full transcribed presser here.
Besides all this coach speak by Muschamp, shots were fired at Ohio State on Tuesday. As you all may or may not know, Urban Meyer has reportedly turned in Florida twice for secondary recruiting violations. Muschamp had a clever response when asked about Meyer saying,
“The University of Florida didn’t do anything wrong. And so we appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we’re compliant with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little bit about that subject,” said Muschamp.
Also in attendance with Muschamp was junior quarterback Jeff Driskel, who didn’t have the best season in 2012. You could place some of the blame on the underperforming Gator receiving corp, but Driskel didn’t perform up to par in a lot of Florida’s games last year. He threw for just 1,646 yards last season, and had 5 interceptions. Often times he failed to go through his reads, and too many times he held onto the ball way too long. Here’s Driskel on his confidence going into 2013.
“I’m a lot more confident because I’ve played more and gotten a lot more snaps and played one year as the starting quarterback. I’d say the guys respect me a lot more this year,” said Driskel.
Senior defensive lineman Dominique Easley was also in attendance. Easley led the team with four sacks in 2012. Easley had this to say about the most annoying fight song in the SEC:
“Rocky Top. Not because it’s Tennessee but just because it’s Rocky Top. But sometimes I even start dancing to that because I have no other choice,” said Easley.
Offensive lineman had this to say about South Carolina stud defensive end Jadaveon Clowney:
“It’s exciting because if you’re a competitor, you want to complete against the best. He’s a very physical player.”
Best quotes from other head coaches who spoke today:
Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel (Who’s about as boring as you can get): “Ever since I’ve coached, I never lost a starting quarterback for a game or two at all. That was very unusual for us. Our last three quarterbacks are playing in the NFL.” (I honestly didn’t realize Missouri produced that many NFL QBs in the last three years)
Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze: “I was listening to my friend Will Muschamp earlier. I was going to try to do it with less breaths that he took, but that’s impossible. That guy can go (smiling).”
South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier:
“No, Hugh [Freeze] and I have a lot in common. We both play golf. We both wear visors. We call the plays. How could you not like a guy like Hugh Freeze?”
Also this gem, on his age: “The Pope is 77 and can lead a million people. I only have to get 11 players on the field.”
South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney: “Can I catch Johnny Manziel? Yes, I would go right at him. Hit him in the mouth.”
On which quarterbacks are scared of him: “Aaron Murray is one of them.”
Check back here tomorrow for updates on Day 2 of SEC Media Days!
Morgan Moriarty is a third year Telecommunications major at the University of Florida, and covers college football and recruiting for Florida Sports Talk Radio. She is also on the University of Florida Women’s Club Water Polo Team. Follow her on Twitter here @Morgan_Moriarty