Muschamp Expects Healthy Squad This Fall

The Florida depth chart was depleted for the spring game. It affected almost every position group, with small injuries holding players out from some practices and the spring game. The optimism from head coach Will Muschamp is now centered around his players returning soon. He expects his team to be fully healthy going into fall camp.

Mack Brown was the most serious injury of the spring after he suffered a broken fibula. Muschamp said that he is expected to be cleared on June 22. Matt Patchan was cleared to lift weights in mid-March after needing wrist surgery. He wasn't able to go through contract drills during the spring because of the wrist.

"All of the guys that were injured, we expect by the first of June to be at full speed," Muschamp said on Wednesday's SEC coaches teleconference. "When we hit fall camp, we expect to be full speed. Not many of them were serious, it was mostly just a two or three week deal."

SEC COACHES MEETINGS: When the SEC coaches head to Destin for the coaches meetings over the summer, one of the topics on hand will be greyshirts. With the new SEC rule of only 25 players in each signing class, the coaches have found a way around it by greshirting players and counting them to other recruiting classes.

It won't be an issue that bothers Muschamp either way.

"At Florida, we don't greyshirt," he said. "It's not something we do, and it's not a policy of ours. We don't place students because it's not a policy of ours. That's not something I'm crossing that bridge because it's not something that we do or a part of what we do."

COORDINATORS ADJUST: The hiring of Charlie Weis and Dan Quinn drew headlines from all over the country as Muschamp brought two NFL coaches in to join his staff. It didn't take them long to get accustomed to life at the college level.

"It's like recruiting where you're look for critical factors in what you want," Muschamp said. "I've worked with Dan Quinn before and he understands our scheme and system. From a terminology barrier, we weren't going to have a lot of issues. Philosophically, we believe in the same things defensively."

Bringing in Weis was the biggest hire. The former head coach at Notre Dame would give Muschamp an ideal sounding board during his first year as a head coach. Weis' work with the Florida offense has Muschamp optimistic about the unit as it heads into offseason workouts.

"When you have an opportunity to hire Charlie Weis, he brings instant credibility to what we're trying to do for our team," Muschamp said. "He's a great teacher and really good with the players.

"They were the best people to hire for Florida and the best fits for Florida."

MUSCHAMP ENDORSES BRANTLEY: The senior quarterback's 4-for-14 performance in the spring game didn't bring excitement to many who watched it, but Muschamp still has plenty of confidence in his starting quarterback.

The transition from spread offense to pro-style offense this spring seemed to have benefit Brantley, and the head coach was pleased with his performance despite having to learn a brand new offense.

"We put a lot on the quarterback in our system," Muschamp said. "I'm really pleased with his poise, leadership and habits off the field studying what we need to do to be successful. He's got the ability, and we're very pleased. I don't think in the spring game John had much of a chance. We played well up front defensively and had a lot of moving parts offensively. I was standing right behind him and saw it coming pretty fast, too."

MORE ON TRANSFERS: Muschamp elaborated some on the transfers of wide receivers Javares McRoy and Chris Dunkley. For McRoy, it was simple. After enrolling early at Florida during the spring, he wanted to transfer to Texas Tech and play with his brother. The two talked about it and Muschamp allowed him to go without any restrictions.

"Javares wanted to play with his brother at Texas Tech," Muschamp said. "He and I had a long conversation about that, and we wish him all the luck in pursuing that."

Muschamp wouldn't say exactly why Dunkley decided to transfer.

"Chris felt like sometimes things don't fit," Muschamp said. "He and I had a long conversation, and we wish him all the luck in the world in trying to help him get in a situation where he'll be better off."

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