What the Gator Coaching Staff is Saying

The TExas Aggie football team is just two days away from the most anticipated game at Kyle Field in over 25 years. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop takes a look at what the Florida Gator coaching staff has been telling the media in Gainesville this week.

During Florida's media day earlier this week, here's some relevant quotes and comments from the Gator coaching staff.


Dan Quinn - Defensive Coordinator


On wanting to be physical with Texas A&M receivers…

"You've got to be disruptive to the receivers to where they don't have clean looks at things. I think you've got to be physical with those guys."


On freshman defensive end Dante Fowler's impressive opening game (3.5 tackles, 1 TOL, 1 QB hurry) and impact on the defense…

"He had a good training camp. He had earned the right to get the turns and that kind of stuff. I wasn't surprised that he played a lot of turns and that kind of stuff because I really felt like he was ready to do that. He played a lot on third down for us, and I think he's really improving as a rusher and I'm kind of excited to see where he can go."


On the challenge of preparing for Texas A&M with no game film…

"You can watch some of last year's Texas A&M to get a little feel for the personnel. That can only go so far. I'd like to look to see what his speed is like and that kind of thing. The scheme standpoint is different. You have this balance of, I'd like to know who the opponent is, but at the same time know what the scheme is. That's the challenge for the players this week."

"I thought it was important for the players at least to see some of the returners for their team, their style and who they are. Is this guy tall? Is he bigger? What kind of runner is he? Is he a bounce out runner? An inside runner? They certainly have some receivers with production. Okay, what's their size? How do they play? What's their speed?"

"I can see a little bit of them, but I still have to go back to the Houston tape to say, ‘this is the route, this is the thing.' There's a little bit of combination between the two."


Brent Pease - Offensive Coordinator


On the noise and experiences at Kyle Field as an asst. coach at Baylor…

"That's something we've got to be able to handle— the noise," Pease said on Tuesday. "We've got to be prepared in how we're going to do it and the mechanics of what we've got to be ready on. We'll work on that."

"The thing I do remember is in the third quarter and you look up there, and they're all swaying. You can't look or you're going to get like vertigo. Those stands start moving. It can get loud. They're into it and they get their little yell people going and all the kissing going on if they're scoring."

"It's a great atmosphere to play in. There's going to be a lot of people, and it's steep. The stadium is very steep. That's something you can't get caught up in. It's a distraction you've really got to block out as a player and a coach."


On the issue of this being Texas A&M's first game of the season…

"There's definitely some growing pains. I mean, we found that out. That's a natural, so I'm sure they are going to run into some things that they don't know about yet. Expect the unexpected, as we say. I don't know, maybe they've rehearsed everything there is, but there are some things you have to get use to when it's the first time. I'm sure they are going to have some growing pains that they will have to work though."


On his decision to name Jeff Driskel as the starting quarterback…

"It was tough because both guys have done a really good job," Pease said. "I think just with the situation and kind of where it's moving right now, Jeff is the guy that we decided to go with. It wasn't a decision totally just based off the game.

"We had to see some things in the game, but it still goes back to spring ball, what they did in the summer-time development, what they did through camp and continued to improve and how they handled situations. It wasn't just about one game."

"Jacoby has the capabilities of doing this thing also," Pease said. "Credit to him— I just saw him in the hall like an hour ago and he's studying film."


On trying to jump-start the pass offense under Driskel…

"The receivers did do a good job of beating the coverage," Pease said. "I think how I can help (Driskel) is just, one, you've got to show it and go back and go over and simulate it again, trying to use the same kind of progression. Sometimes I can change where their progression is at to get him to his open guys quicker and help him from the box, or change their read this week to make it a little bit easier for him. Reads as a quarterback never stay the same, and you've got to understand with coverages how they rotate and where it's going to tell you."


On moving last week's starting cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy to wide receiver…

"It's not an indictment on anyone. We've done it everywhere I've been. We took the fastest kid and tried to use his strengths. He's a very talented kid. They're always eager to do it. You've got a chance to catch a ball, it's fun, they're into it. We'll always use the ability to have him do some things for us."


On the demotion of WR Andre Debose…

"He's getting better. It's tough to sit a kid sometimes—you've got to be able to trust him and make sure they're accountable. He's getting there. He's definitely got the abilities and we've got to incorporate him in some things."


Will Muschamp – Head Coach

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On the disadvantage of not having game film of Texas A&M…

"I was hoping Kevin was going to send me a couple of reels of practice but he hasn't. They are successful at Houston for a reason. They do a very good job offensively. They rep what they rep. They are really good coaches. They have some talent. This offense was a top ten offense last year. They aren't struggling for talent, let me assure you of that."

"You guess a little bit on (defensive coordinator) Mark Snyder defensively and what he's going to do with his experiences from South Florida and Marshall. Where will he draw from based on their players? At the end of the day the coaches will do what they feel comfortable with and that is what we have to go with."


On his thoughts of A&M QB Johnny Manziel…

"I met Johnny coming out of high school. He was an outstanding player. He was committed to Oregon in his junior year and ended up flipping. We thought the world of Johnny as far as a football player is concerned."


On his secondary being a strength of the team…

"There is no question. We will be in some situations where we will have six DB's on the field. Especially with the high tempo offense, they will be on the ball snapping and it will be hot. We will have to roll in a bunch of players and Jeremy Brown will be back and playing for us this week. He was moving around well for us yesterday, so he will play in the game."


On the importance of receivers in making the QB look good…

"You have to play well around the position. The quarterback gets too much credit when things go well and too much blame when things don't. The running game is going to help, protecting, and blocking. Dropping back and completing the simple hitch by getting the ball out there on time and giving the receiver the opportunity to make something happen."

"Frankie Hammond is a guy that I think a lot of from a consistency standpoint and the job he's done. From him to make that play, we haven't had a lot of those in the two years I have been here. So, form a simple or slant and break a tackle or two and take it the distance. That was very pleasing to see."


On if his time in Texas coaching against the ‘Air Raid' offense will help…

"It's a little different off-shoot, but part of the same family. They are similar in concepts of what they do and how they install and method behind the madness from what they are, but I think everyone is a little different. They did a great job and put up some unbelievable numbers at Houston. There isn't a lot of what they do but they do it extremely well. That is one of the trademarks of this offense."

"My experience helps from the standpoint of understanding the tempo and the route concepts that they like to get to based on a single high or split safety leverage in the seams. Yes it helps, but at the end of the day the players have to play the game."

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