Sticking to What Works

There was some speculation that wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales may take over the offensive coordinator position left vacant by Dan Mullen, but that job has gone to offensive line coach Steve Addazio. But the Gator offensive coaches work together as a team with the offensive coordinator holding it all together, and Gonzales thinks that formula gives Florida its best shot against Oklahoma.

Whether Dan Mullen should be calling plays for the Gators on January 8 in the BCS title game against the Sooners will be debated everyday until the big game, and probably afterwards depending on the outcome. Billy Gonzales said that during Mullen's time away from Gainesville, not much game planning has been going on and his return will mark the beginning to major preparations.

"Dan's very professional and he's going to work his butt off when he gets here," Gonzales said last week. "This goes way back with Coach Meyer. He's been in this situation before. The main thing is what everyone talks about and that's maintaining the chemistry and what we've been doing all year."

Florida set a team record for points scored this season and have scored 42 or more points in eight games. So Gonzales thinks the best approach to the Oklahoma game is to keep what's been working best.

"I think we're going to continue to do what we do," he said. "We're going to take what the defense gives us. We've got a game plan on the board right now and we'll continue to grind it out. It's kind of nice to be off the road from recruiting and have everyone back together to sit and work it out together."

Florida's approach to practice has been broken into three sessions. The first, which lasted until the Christmas break, focused primarily on fundamentals. But, they still began working in offensive plays to see what works and what doesn't. Gonzales said the staff prefers to take plays out of the game plan rather than add them in during game week.

"Steve has been off the road and working with the run game already," Gonzales said. "Coach Meyer has worked with the pass game already. We have worked on some things for the game, and we'll see what works and what doesn't. … We have a pretty good group of plays we like. We add, add, add and then takeaway. It's no different than two-a-days." Mullen is expected back this week, and Gonzales expects business as usual.

"He'll come back and oversee everything just like normal," he said. "The great thing about this staff is that there are no egos. We all have one goal in common, just like the players, we want to win."

The Florida offensive staff will also be hoping that another important cog is on the practice field as Jan. 8 draws nearer – Percy Harvin. The junior receiver stayed in Gainesville over the holiday to continue his rehab on his sprained ankle.

"His mind frame and his attitude have been great," Gonzales said. "He's out there catching balls and in the weight room. He's a warrior and he'll fight through it."


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