Manson: Gators Needed The Week Off

Redshirt freshman running back Markus Manson has speed to burn and dazzling moves. Although he's seen action primarily on special teams this year, he has the kind of talent that will make him a fixture in the Florida offense at some point. Gator Country caught up with the Tuscaloosa, Alabama native after practice Tuesday.

Mark McLeod: How much was this off week needed?

Markus Manson: "It was needed a lot. We need the rest and the time to get ready for the big game next week. We can prepare more for Georgia. We need the time to get focused and scheme their defense."

Mark McLeod: Is there anything notable (since LSU) that can get this offense in gear?

Markus Manson: "It's not changing. It's just that we've got to focus in more on what we have to do. That's the most important thing, just focus on what needs to be done."

Mark McLeod: How much of this is the responsibility of players who miss an assignment, out of position, wrong route, etc?

Markus Manson: "I don't really know. I believe right now, it's just lack of focus. All of us just have to do a better job of that."

Mark McLeod: How about you personally. What is it going to take to get you out there more often?

Markus Manson: "Yeah, I feel comfortable with it, but sometimes I feel that my lack of focus is what kills me. I get distracted. That's what messes me up. That's what I feel like probably cause problems with the other guys. They get distracted and mess up."

Kick returner Markus Manson #2 of the University of Florida is pulled down by kicker Keith Andrews #46 of Mississippi State on October 8, 2005 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

Mark McLeod: Specifically, what kind of things get you distracted?

Markus Manson: "It's nothing really complicated with the offense or anything like that. It's just the mental things. We've got a lot of things on our minds. The coaches do a good job of preparing us, but we have to focus and follow through."

Mark McLeod: So, part of it is that guys are thinking too much and not reacting?

Markus Manson: "Well, I don't know. I can't speak for the other guys. But, me personally, when I get back there, I'll be a little nervous. I'm thinking a lot. That's one of my problems --- I think too much. Coach (Stan) Drayton does a lot to take things off of me, so that I can just go out there and play football."

Mark McLeod: What other things are the coaches telling you?

Markus Manson: "Well, to me, we've just got to get more into the playbook and look at more film more on Georgia."

Mark McLeod: With all of the mental mistakes and you guys still with a chance in the conference race has anybody called for a players only meeting and said, "Let's get this thing right?"

Markus Manson: "No not really."

Mark McLeod: Do you anticipate it?

Markus Manson: "No. I don't think so."

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