Making changes

The Florida staff was supposed to be out on the road early this week hitting some of their targets for the 2014 recruiting class. Instead, Will Muschamp wanted the coaches in Gainesville. They turned on the film and spent Sunday and Monday going through areas the team has to improve heading into the bye week.

"You go back to technique and fundamentals, you simplify," Will Muschamp said. "We've got to get our guys playing faster; we've got to get our guys playing with more confidence. That's what we're trying to do right now. We constantly self evaluate. It's not something or anything new that we're doing. But from a standpoint of scheme, personnel, preparation, practice, however you want to cut it up, that's what we've got to do."

It starts up front on the offensive line. Muschamp said the staff wants to settle on five offensive linemen they trust and move forward with that unit. They have two weeks of practice to figure that out before heading to Jacksonville to face Georgia on November 2.

The performance of the offensive line has surprised Muschamp this season. He felt good about the offensive line going into the season, but their play on the field hasn't lived up to expectations.

"We've underperformed, obviously," Muschamp said. "We're better than what we put on the field the last two weeks, especially. (The plan is to) simplify some calls for them, reducing what we do, get them playing faster, get them playing with more confidence, get them playing the way they're capable of playing."

The hope of the Florida coaching staff is that simplifying things will help the offensive line play faster and better.

"I just don't think we've performed as well as we need to, there's no question," Muschamp said.

There could also be some players getting more reps on the offensive line. Muschamp said that junior college transfer Trenton Brown needs more opportunities and turns on the field. Freshman Octavius Jackson has taken reps with the team this year, and he could see time on the field in coming week.

Muschamp was also asked about the possibility of moving Tyler Moore to guard after his struggles at right tackle this year.

"We're just short some tackles right now," Mushamp said. "I think Tyler can play much better than he's played. He has shown the ability to do that."

The team ran and lifted on Monday before practicing on Tuesday. The game plan for Georgia will start on Wednesday and Thursday before the team only runs and lifts on Friday. The players will have Saturday and Sunday off before coming back on Sunday night for meetings.

INJURY REPORT:Linebacker Ronald Powell is expected back against Georgia after missing the Missouri game. He has been running this week, but that's it. Quarterback Tyler Murphy hasn't thrown this week because of his shoulder injury, but he's expected to do that next week and be fine to play against Georgia.

Defensive tackle Damien Jacobs is expected back against Georgia. Special teams ace Jeremi Powell tore his ACL against Missouri and will miss the rest of the year.

"He's a guy who was really emerging, special teams-wise," Muschamp said. "He did a great job on kickoff for us and on special teams was really playing well."

Linebacker Darrin Kitchens has been away from the team since Monday when his wife had the couple's first child. That has kept the team from getting a better feel on his shoulder injury.

TAKING OFF REDSHIRTS: Muschamp regretted not playing freshmen defensive linemen Joey Ivie and Jay-nard Bostwick against Missouri. The Gators have struggled stopping the run without having the number of bodies necessary in the middle, and both could see playing time against Georgia.

"We're very thin defensively. We probably should have played those guys and just gone with it. Those guys have been progressing very well."


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