Muschamp will talk to receivers coaches

After Florida wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill resigned just before the Gators opened fall camp, head coach Will Muschamp handed the position to graduate assistant Bush Hamdan. There was no timeline on how long it would last or if it would become permanent, but Muschamp now expects to interview wide receivers coaches that would join the team for next season.

"I'm going to talk to some receiver coaches at this point," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "Bush and I met (Sunday), and he's done a fantastic job this year. How we move forward and the timetable, I have none right now."

Besides the wide receiver coach position, Muschamp doesn't anticipate any other movement on the coaching staff. That still doesn't mean it won't happen.

Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is one of five assistant coaches nominated for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant. He also had talked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season about their defensive coordinator position. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease has also seen his name thrown out for some head coach positions.

With many head coach job openings vacant already, there's also the chance that new head coach hires could come after Florida assistants. Muschamp wasn't worried about it.

"This is a great place to work, and we've got a good, young football team. We're going to be good for a long time," Muschamp said. "I always tell our staff this – if you have an opportunity for a promotion, I'll support you a thousand percent. That says what kind of job we're doing here at Florida.

"Guys that want to make parallel moves and they're always looking for the next job, they don't need to be here anyway. We'll go find a good coach. There's a bunch of people that want to coach here. There's a long list at my desk."

BOWL PREP IMPORTANT: The bowl practices Florida adds going into its likely BCS game is important for the game, but it's more focused on development. The multiple weeks of practice allows the Florida coaches to get back to the fundamentals and make sure they are clean before getting into the game plan.

It also helps the young players. The players that redshirted or barely saw the field will get increased time on the practice field to continue their development.

It happened last year with Loucheiz Purifoy, and the sophomore has turned into a dynamic playmaker for the Gators.

"He started the bowl game for us last year at corner," Muschamp said. "Marcus (Roberson) hurt his neck, and (Purifoy) came in and played real well in the Gator Bowl. It's huge for a young player to take steps forward."

There are plenty of young players that could make a similar move, but Muschamp singled out another cornerback that he thinks could make the same jump in his freshman bowl practice.

"I'm gonna meet with some guys today – Brian Poole," Muschamp said. "They need to cherish this opportunity they've got sitting in front of them. It's another spring ball, another opportunity to improve yourself as a player and it helps our football team. Loucheiz is a perfect example."

Linebacker Antonio Morrison could also benefit from the practice. The injury-plagued season for Jelani Jenkins has earned immediate playing time for Morrison, and he'll get even more this December since Jenkins isn't expected to play in the bowl game after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot Monday morning.

The extended playing time for Morrison will continue to prepare him for a bigger role in 2013.

"Antonio is a very instinctive, tough, physical player," Muschamp said. "He is a guy that tackles well. He enjoys the physical contact of the game. He really does, and he's very instinctive. We noticed that on his high school tape."

It's usually a challenge for the coaches to notice instincts on high school film, but Morrison's jumped off the film. It's the reason the Florida coaches went after him hard despite him not being highly rated by recruiting services.

"He wasn't a real highly ranked guy so y'all probably didn't like him, but we liked him a lot," Muschamp said. "Instincts are hard to coach, and they're hard to find right now in high school because a lot of people are running spread offenses in one back, and they don't see if you can see the guard pull on a power play and jump over.

"Those are things that are hard to see now and evaluate because you don't see it much on tape. That was something that we saw."

The Gators will get back on the practice field on December 7th in helmets only to return to the field and get back in the groove. On the 8th, they'll practice in shells. The first "four or five" practices will be focused only on rebuilding fundamentals.

The final four practices before breaking for Christmas will be dedicated on the opponent, similar to game week preparation. They'll get back into game preparation once the team shows up at the bowl site.

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