Florida starts Spring practice on Wednesday and practice will be closed to the public.
It will be the first practice under new head coach Will Muschamp and his assistants that include Charlie Wies (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks), Brian White (running backs), Aubrey Hill (wide receivers / recruiting coordinator), Frank Verducci (offensive line / run game coordinator), and Derek Lewis (tight ends).
The defensive staff includes Dan Quinn (defensive coordinator / defensive line), Bryant Young (defensive line), Travaris Robinson (defensive backs), and DJ Durkin (special teams coordinator / linebackers).
Will Muschamp explained, “I’ve got to make a decision that I think is best for the program and about winning football games and doing it the right way. That’s something that will be evaluated in the fall by me and in the spring by me. If I think it’s best for the practices to be closed, they’ll be closed.”
Muschamp talked about goals for the Spring.
He said, “Develop the leadership. Come together for that common purpose. I know we’ll all be excited on Wednesday; I want to see how we are [at] practice 12. That’s really where you find out what kind of team you’ve got. We want to be a blue-collar, overachieving unit. We’ve got some good football players; we got a good football team on campus. We’ve got to come together as a cohesive unit, build for a common purpose and develop that workman-like attitude.”
So what type of defensive scheme will the Gators implement?
Muschamp said, “We want to be multiple. We’ll be more of an over team, a 4-3 team, a one-gap team at this point. We will co-mingle some 3-4.”
The Gators open next season against Florida Atlantic, UAB, and Tennessee. The month of October looks daunting with games against Alabama, at LSU, at Auburn, and at Georgia.