Will Muschamp, today’s opposing coach, led his Gators to their first shut-out victory over Kentucky since the 1996 season. After the game he was asked a multitude of questions from media members about his team’s performance and his take on the game. Below are some quotes that stood out.
Muschamp on not acquiring any sacks against an already shaky Kentucky passing attack.
“We were able to rush four guys pretty much the way we wanted to and cover. That’s what we did. Especially as the game wore on, I told Dan Quinn (UF Defensive Coordinator), They’re having a hard time moving [the ball] so let’s just cover them and rush four guys.”
That’s highly concerning to me for a variety of reasons. One, Florida was able to force 3 interceptions on only 27 passing attempts without applying pressure from their Linebackers and Safeties. Their 4 Linemen were able to force plenty of pressure by themselves. Now, I fully understand that Newton is not our primary Quarterback, it would have been better with Smith playing, but it’s concerning to know pressure wasn’t needed to force bad decisions. That’s a reflection on coaching as well as our Quarterback.
On holding Kentucky scoreless.
“Any time you get a shutout, man, those things are hard to come by in this day and age of football, regardless of who you’re playing.”
All things considered, Florida could’ve played better today which makes Kentucky fans feel uneasy about the remaining portions of the season. From all accounts on the Gator side, play was very conservative, which make a 38 point margin of defeat look that much worse.