Gators head coach Will Muschamp and several of his players spoke after the game tonight after the Gators beat the Gamecocks 44-11. Hear what Florida's coach and players had to say after their big victory in Gainesville.
Head Coach Will Muschamp
"Kyle Christy had seven punts over 50 yards, what a game changer and field position changer it is to have a guy like that; our coverage units were outstanding. Offensively we were 7-of-16 on third-down and we definitely needed to maintain possession especially after the first half. You have to give South Carolina's defense a lot of credit, Lorenzo Ward and his staff did an outstanding job against us tonight. The third quarter was critical, they had zero first-downs and we had 133 yards and we were able to move the ball and we saw some things during halftime that we thought we could take advantage of offensively. It's another team win and we don't have a lot of margin for error here, we are a team that is playing defense pretty consistent at times and on offense we are doing what we have to do to take advantage of other teams. I am very proud of our football team and the effort we had."
On creating turnovers:
"I don't know if anyone does it better than Dan Quinn and our defensive staff. In every meeting we spend a lot of time talking about stripping the ball when they don't have it high and tight and most of our defensive guys are on special team,s so that is constantly pounded into their heads especially after last season when we emphasized it, but didn't do a good job. That was a point of emphasis for us in the offseason and I think we have done a pretty good job of that."
On the key to the special teams play:
"I think DJ Durkin does a fantastic job. We put a lot of emphasis on that and we spend a minimum of 25 minutes on special teams every practice. What you emphasize is what is important and going into this season I knew we had good team speed, good team specialists, and good returners. We need to play very well on special teams, it is coached up very well and our entire staff is involved in coaching special teams."
On what needs to be done to get better:
"We are very hard self-evaluators and I said if from the beginning that we watch the film and say what do we need to do better. I stand in front of the team on Mondays and tell the team what I need to do better as far as managing the game and how we practice and how we approach the week. I tell them each week what we need to do to be successful and we self-reflect on what we need to do."
Sophomore QB Jeff Driskel
On the need to get better on offense:
I mean we scored 44 tonight, we ran the ball effectively, we hit some passes where we needed to. Obviously there's room for improvement, but I thought we played well on offense tonight.
On how far along the team is:
"We're definitely mentally stronger. You're not going to score touchdowns on every drive, you're not going to run for 200 yards on every team, but when we have to have big runs, we're going to be able to get them. We did that tonight, and we hit some big pass plays in the red zone when we needed to. We've gotten a lot better each and every game."
On confidence in offensive coordinator Brent Pease:
"He's definitely going to get us in the right play call and in the right situations, and we're going to make adjustments just like the defense is going to make adjustments. He's going to put us in a good situation, and we're going to have to execute."
Redshirt Senior WR Frankie Hammond Jr.
On how fast they have to move on from the win and focus on Georgia:
"When we wake up tomorrow. We'll probably enjoy it tonight, think about it, but tomorrow it's on to the Georgia game and getting ourselves ready. It was a great team win, but you've got to move on and we've got another one next week."
On the difference in emotions from last year:
"Going through what we went through in October last year and then coming back this year and doing what we're doing, it's definitely a better feeling and it's a positive thing for our team. Our team has matured, some guys grew up and right now we're finishing out ball games and doing it together as a team."
Redshirt Junior OL Jonotthan Harrison
On the team's mentality coming out of halftime:
"Coming out strong in the second half shows that we're here for all 60 minutes of the game, it's not just a first half show and then we come out lackadaisical in the second half. We're just trying to completely wear down the defense by still being in great shape with great conditioning when we come out in the second half."
On what it's like going against Florida's defensive line in practice all week:
"They work so hard. They get us better by their great work ethic. They fire off the ball every single play and on top of that, going against them so many times, they know each lineman's different blocking style and so they use that to work against us and it just makes us better. It helps us realize that we really need to focus on our footwork and technique and it helps us develop as offensive lineman."
Sophomore P Kyle Christy
On how he's feeling after the game:
"I'm pretty stoked right now. I feel great."
On if he'd checked his phone yet to see a large amount of congratulatory texts:
"I've gotten quite a few. I haven't really gotten this much attention after a game before."
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