Muschamp Conducting Exit Interviews

The conclusion of spring practice means Florida head coach Will Muschamp moves immediately into exit meetings with players. The purpose is to bring players up to date with where they stand in the coaches eyes, as well as Muschamp getting feedback about what the program can do better for the players. It's a two-way conversation with each player that is aimed at improving the program.

He first learned about it while coaching under Nick Saban. Texas head coach Mack Brown didn't do it in Austin, but Muschamp decided to bring it with him to Gainesville.

"It's just to be on the same page," Will Muschamp said. "We talk about communication all the time. Sometimes a player might tell you something that he won't tell his position coach, won't tell his coordinator. I feel like I have a good relationship with the players. It's important for the players to feel like they can walk in my office."

The importance of it became evident shortly after Muschamp started the meetings. One player, who he didn't identify, walked into his office for the meeting and said that it was his first time in the head coach's office since he was a recruit.

Muschamp's response was simple.

"Whose fault is that?" Muschamp recalled sarcastically asking the player.

That sunk in the importance of the meetings to the Florida head coach. Instead of waiting for the players to come to him and have sit down meetings, Muschamp knew the exit meetings were important time spent with his players.

"You want to be able to talk to the guys and get their input," Muschamp said. "It is important."

The end of each meeting is focused on making sure that happens. Every exit meeting ends with the same question from Muschamp to the player: "What can we do to help the players better our organization?"

The exit meetings take about 20 minutes each and usually last for a week before Muschamp can meet with the entire team. The meetings also produce conversations about academics, goal weight for fall camp and expecting strength levels during the offseason.

"We hit everything you could imagine," Muschamp said.

DILLMAN STILL IMPRESSING: The players and coaches spent spring interview sessions raving about the differences in weight training brought to Gainesville by first-year strength coach Jeff Dillman. That hasn't changed since spring ended.

"Jeff and those guys do a really good job," Muschamp said. "There's no question you can see the physicality of some of the guys. They've completely bought into what we're trying to do and where we're headed with this thing."

The physicality across the board has improved. Muschamp is happy with the shape the offensive line is in at the conclusion of spring practice, but there are still two players that stand out. Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins have made drastic physical improvements since the end of last season.

"The two guys that really stand out from my standpoint are the two linebackers, Jon and Jelani," Muschamp said. "They look different, and when they strike, they strike different. A lot of that has to do with maturity. They're a year older. Jon's in his senior year, Jelani's in his third year in the program. There's no question.

"What I like to see is players coming up to me saying, ‘Coach, I power cleaned 315 today.' That's great. That shows me that we're making huge progress in them understanding explosive power lifts. And power clean is the No. 1 lift in the country. I don't care what anybody says. I'm no strength coach, but I do know that."

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