Muschamp expects to return

The Gators head into Saturday's rivalry game against Florida State on a six-game losing streak and aiming at the worst season in the program since 1979. The support of Will Muschamp from Florida administration hasn't changed, and Muschamp doesn't expect that to change this offseason. He didn't address potential staff changes, but Muschamp continues to face heat heading into Florida State week.

Since Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley issued his "1,000 percent" support of Muschamp, the Gators lost a close game at South Carolina before dropping Saturday's matchup against FCS opponent Georgia Southern. On Monday afternoon, Muschamp said he "absolutely" expects to return as the head coach next season.

"I don't think it's sitting there hitting a reset button," Will Muschamp said. "It takes work. I don't believe we're that far off. Regardless of the results Saturday afternoon, which is disappointing for everyone, starting with me, I just don't feel like we're that far off. I think there's some key components for our football team that aren't playing for us right now. We're very thin in some areas. I'm not making excuses -- that's just the facts -- and it's real."

It's some of the assistant coaches that might not make the cut. Amidst reports of offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis not making it to next season at Florida, Muschamp wouldn't address those rumors on Saturday. He maintained that he hasn't informed any assistant coach that they wouldn't be returning.

The rumors remain with the expectation that someone will take the fall for the issues on the Florida offense.

"I'm not ready to make any statement on that at this point," Muschamp said. "We're still playing out the season and those guys are going to coach their butts off. I'll make that decision when I think it's right."

It's not difficult to see where the heat on the offensive staff comes from. The Florida offense ranks 12th in rushing offense, 12th in passing offense, last in scoring offense and last in total offense.

Injuries have played a part of it. Offensive linemen have been shuffled around in the second half of the season, and the loss of quarterback Jeff Driskel and running back Matt Jones have limited the playmakers the Florida offensive staff has to work with.

"We've taken a step back, in my opinion for some obvious reasons," Muschamp said. "At the end of the day, it's not an excuse. We need to perform better on the field and that's my responsibility.

"I think we've played consistently well in our time here on special teams. Defensively, we've made some improvements, certainly last season. I felt comfortable where we were at parts of this year, just not consistent enough. But we need to be more productive on the offensive side of the ball."

INJURY REPORT: Quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder) remains questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State. Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (knee) is doubtful. Linebacker Michael Taylor (knee) is out.

Cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) will return to the field. Defensive end Jonathan Bullard is probable after being held out last week with an unspecified injury.

Freshman linebacker Alex Anzalone (shoulder) is out and will need surgery.

OFFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY: With rumors swirling that Pease will not return as the offensive coordinator next season, Muschamp was asked about his offensive philosophy as a head coach. He has wanted to dominate the line of scrimmage and control time of possession, but he could look at changing that if a change is made.

"I think that's something we obviously need to look at, that we need to be able to evaluate," Muschamp said. "I think in all situations, as coaches, it's your job to evaluate your players and what they can do. We ask them to do the right things.

"There's been some obvious things that have been very difficult for us to deal with as far as where we‘re headed with things. That's something I'll evaluate and deal with."

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