Muschamp Unhappy With Sputtering Offense

There are a lot of problems on the Florida offense, and there aren't many immediate answers. The Gators played Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel for one half each on Saturday night, but the results on the field weren't much different. It wasn't any game-ending mistakes that the freshmen made. However, the lack of an effective run game hurt the Florida offense for the third straight week.

"Both guys didn't do anything that killed us in the game but didn't do enough to help our football team," Will Muschamp said after Florida's 17-6 loss. "You can't score six points and win games. It's going to be tough. It's not all their fault either. We've got to play better up front and at wide out. We've got to get those going in the run game."

Jacoby Brissett started the game and went 5-for-10 through the air for 45 yards and one interception. Brissett also added 12 rushing yards.

At halftime, Muschamp and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis spoke about the quarterback situation. They made the decision to sit Brissett and play Jeff Driskel to attempt jumpstarting the offense.

"We talked at halftime," Muschamp said. "Jacoby's play was nothing we were disappointed with. We just weren't moving the ball effectively enough and needed a change. Jeff led a couple nice drives."

It didn't make much of a difference. Driskel ended the game 9-for-18 for 75 yards through the air. However, there was one big incompletion that could've swung momentum. Midway through the third quarter with Auburn ahead 7-6, the Gators ran a flea flicker that saw tight end Jordan Reed running open into the end zone.

Driskel overthrew the pass and the Gators punted two plays later.

"It was wide open," Muschamp said. "We need to hit that and take advantage of those situations when we have opportunities to make those. The more reps and turns those men are getting, they're going to be really good football players."

The Gators also used plenty of wildcat formation with Trey Burton at quarterback. Muschamp said he didn't think it kept Brissett or Driskel from being able to get in a rhythm.

"We had six points at halftime," Muschamp said. "We needed to do something different than what we were doing. Continue to do what you're doing and you'll get the same results."

Despite the result, the head coach said he was able to take some positives from the game.

"We didn't win the game and that's what everybody wants to see, but I see a lot more than that. I see things we have to do as a program to take steps forward, and we did some of those things tonight."

INJURY REPORT: Ronald Powell didn't practice all week with an unspecified injury, but Muschamp expects him back against Georgia. Jeff Demps was a game time decision after only practicing some this week. The coaches didn't feel like he could play after going through warmups.

Caleb Sturgis injured his leg during the game and was unavailable.

The off week could come at a perfect time for Florida if they are able to get John Brantley back against Georgia. His status is still uncertain.

"I'm hoping so," Muschamp said about Brantley's possible return. "We'll see what happens. His rehab has gone really well."

NO HELP AT WIDEOUT: The only situation that could make things tougher for a freshman quarterback on the road is a lack of playmakers, but that's the issue for Brissett and Driskel. The Gators haven't had consistent wide receiver production all season.

"It's not necessarily (finding) somebody to emerge," Muschamp said. "It's just about someone playing consistently. That's the biggest issue right now. We're not getting enough consistent play at the position.

"I'm not going to get into a bashing of one position. At times it's protection. At times we're not doing enough in the run game. We're having some issues and working through it."

LACK OF GILLISLEE: The talk from Florida coaches and players all week was about the impact Mike Gillislee made during the LSU game and his strong week of practice. Instead, he touched the ball just three times for 16 yards.

"Well, we weren't really doing much in the run game," Muschamp said. "We felt like we needed to open it up more and work the perimeter. We had some read series runs where he was a part of it and didn't get the ball in those situations."

PUNTING CHANGE: Florida's best player on the field Saturday night might have been freshman punter Kyle Christy. He won the starting job during the week of practice and didn't waste time showing why. The second punt of his career boomed off his foot for 67 yards.

"We just had not been flipping the field in the punting," Muschamp said of the change. "We felt like we needed to look at a possible change. Kyle had been punting extremely well. His operation time was the issue, but he got his operation time down during the week and we thought he deserved the opportunity."

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