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Muschamp: "Gators Need to Play Faster, Be More Confident"

By on October 23rd, 2013

The Gator football team continues to practice for its next game against Georgia and Gator coach Will Muschamp said the team is trying to simplify what it does on the field to get better following back to back losses against LSU and Missouri.

“You go back to technique and fundamentals, you simplify,” Muschamp said. “We’ve got to get our guys playing faster; we’ve got to get our guys playing more confident.”

The Gators sustained another season-ending injury but might get a key player back on the practice field heading in to the Georgia game.

Linebacker Jeremi Powell will be out for the season with a torn ACL suffered against Missouri, making him the eighthplayer the Gators have lost for the entire 2013 season.

“So unfortunate for him. (He) was a guy that was really emerging.  Special teams wise he did a great job on kickoff for us,” said Muschamp.

Tyler Murphy may not participate in throwing drills this week with an injured throwing shoulder, but he will practice.

Ronald Powell is still working back from an ankle injury but Muschamp thinks he is on track for the Georgia game.

“I think we’ll get Ronald Powell back next week. He’s been running but just not ready for the change of direction and taking on blocks, but I think he’ll be fine,” said Muschamp.

The Gators struggled on offense against Missouri, scoring only one offensive touchdown.

“This is the same staff that came a game away from playing for a national championship, so obviously we’re not where we want to be right now, and nobody knows that more than our staff,” Muschamp said when asked about the offense. “We need to go back, re-evaluate what we’re doing and continue to improve our football team over the next five weeks.”

The Gators do not play this Saturday, but will play Georgia in Jacksonville on November 2. For your game day coverage tune in to ESPN 850 WRUF.

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