“It was shocking to me because he’s a players coach, players love him, recruits love him,” 6-foot-4, 206 pound Auden Tate said. “I understand that football is a business and he didn’t get enough wins, but I feel like he needed just one more year.”
Tate was on great terms with Muschamp and talked to him frequently. Tate says he always knew Florida had time for him especially Coach Muschamp.
“I talked to him a lot. He was real cool to me, real cool to me and my family so I respect him a lot as a coach. He was probably one of my main recruiters besides Coach Leak.”
In the aftermath of Muschamp’s announcement, there have been a lot of questions for Tate, but Director of Player Personnel Drew Hughes has helped give Tate some answers he was looking for.
”I’ve been talking to Coach Hughes a little bit and he’s saying that their going to get somebody who is offense-minded in there. Get somebody who can get the offensive playmakers the ball.”
Upon hearing about the changes Florida has planned, Tate said he was excited and looks forward to seeing what the new Florida will look like.
“I think it would be good for the team, because that’s the main problem. Their defense to me has never ever been a problem for Florida. If Florida can get their offense going they’re going to be a scary team.”
When asked if the Florida’s priority for offense changes things when looking at the Gators he paused and said “Maybe.”
Tate still plans on taking an official visit to Florida sometime in the off-season, and this past weekend he took an official to Michigan, a school he’s watched for a long time. This interview happened before the trip and so he told us what he was hoping to see in Ann Arbor.
“I’m expecting everything I saw growing up, a great atmosphere and great tradition and great people.” Tate says of his trip to Michigan, “I’m very excited because I grew up watching so many games of theirs, I’ve always wanted to be there and I’m finally getting a chance to go.”
And Tate won’t miss the Florida and Florida State rivalry game next weekend either. He said he is really excited to go and knows the game will be a memorable one.
“I’m not sure what to expect,” Tate says about the game, “but I think it will be great.”