Muschamp set to analyze offense

Will Muschamp wasn't ready to announce any staff chances after Saturday's game, but he made it clear that there would be some heavy analysis of what the Gators are doing on the offensive side of the ball. He didn't guarantee any staff changes. He didn't make clear what would change. But after athletic director Jeremy Foley supported Muschamp on Saturday, the head coach knows change is needed.

"Very frustrating, difficult day that ends a very frustrating, difficult season," Will Muschamp said. "That's the best way I can sum it up."

The offensive issues on Saturday were blamed on the injury to Trey Burton, who left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. Muschamp estimated 30-35 snaps in the game plan for Burton at quarterback. Muschamp ran through counter, trap and a few passes out of the Burton package that they've used this year.

Before he left with an injury, the senior hit a 50-yard run while playing quarterback.

"We had a lot of confidence in him," Muschamp said. "Every time he's been in those situations he's performed very well. And that was a big package of what we wanted to do today."

Florida ends its season on a seven-game losing streak and misses out on bowl practices to help develop younger players. It gives Muschamp and Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley time to look at the offensive coaching staff and try to find fixes.

"We need to take a look at ourselves schematically with what we're doing," Muschamp said. "There have been some things that have happened that are very difficult to overcome, but schematically, there's no question we need to take a look at ourselves."

INJURY REPORT: Cornerback Marcus Roberson was limited after rolling his ankle on Thursday in practice. Defensive lineman Joey Ivie sliced his heel on his scooter after practice on Wednesday and needed 25 stitches.

Keanu Neal suffered a shoulder injury on Saturday.

OPTIMISM GOING FORWARD: Muschamp continues to remain optimistic about the Gators heading into the 2014 season. The Gators will get most of their team back for spring ball and open the quarterback competition. The coaching staff has two months to hold the current recruiting class together and keep making progress to improve the roster.

Despite the question marks, Muschamp remains optimistic about his team going into next year.

"We just have to roll your sleeves up and go to work," Muschamp said. "We're going to be fine. We're going to have a good football team next year, I can assure you of that. Sitting in that locker room with those guys, we're going to be fine. And that's what's encouraging for me. It's damn encouraging."

BUILDING AROUND TAYLOR: While the quarterback battle remains uncertain going into next season, the Gators saw progress out of the running backs. When Matt Jones went down with a season-ending injury, it opened the door for increased reps for Kelvin Taylor.

He took advantage of them. The freshman ended the year with 111 carries for 508 yards and four touchdowns. Taylor also led the trio of running backs with 4.6 yards per carry.

"Now he's been in the FSU game, he's been a part of those games now," Muschamp said. "He's been in that show. He went to South Carolina, performed extremely well, ran the ball extremely well. He's gotten his turns and reps. It develops depth on your team. If there is a positive, that's a positive you have."


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