BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – Coach Will Muschamp, Jeff Driskel, Dominique Easley, and Jon Halapio are here from Florida. Coach Gary Pinkel, James Franklin, L’Damian Washington, and Andrew Wilson are here from Missouri.
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Questions for Missouri players have ended. This concludes this live blog of the Florida and Missouri press conferences. Stay tuned for a link to the Ole Miss/South Carolina press conferences live blog.
Franklin: I can’t help but smile. Right now, I can’t even keep a straight face.
Franklin is all smiles today.
James Franklin: As a quarterback, I’m fundamentally better than I was in the past. I’m more vocal.
Missouri players have entered the media room and have begun to take questions.
Questions for Coach Pinkel have ended. We’re expecting the questions for the Missouri players to start shortly.
About the Tiger’s lineup, Pinkel said the best teams are good up front. The difference in the SEC is that they are all good teams.
About the SEC: “You have to prove yourself. We’re hungry,” said Pinkel.
Josey looked great at the end of spring. Pinkel expects him to be at 100 percent at the beginning of the football season.
Pinkel is talking about the comeback of running back Henry Josey from a knee injury.
A very short statement from Pinkel. He has moved on to taking questions.
Pinkel: We’re glad to be in the SEC. Our fans are excited about this season coming up.
Coach Gary Pinkel with the Missouri Tigers has taken the stage.
Questions for the University of Florida players have ended. We’re expecting the Missouri press conference to begin shortly.
“Who are you most like in the NFL?”
“It’s hard to compare yourself to those guys. I’ve studied Drew Brees and Peyton Manning,” said Driskel.
Driskel: Right now, our toughest road game is Miami.
Driskel: I have to make more plays. I have to keep us out of second and long.
“If I play baseball, I have to play for the Red Sox. Hopefully, though, I never have to pick up a bat again,” said Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel about the non-compete contract he signed with the Boston Red Sox.
Coach Muschamp’s address has ended. Shortly, players Jeff Driskel, Dominique Easley, and Jon Halapio will answer questions at booths around the room.
Muschamp: You are 100 percent responsible for you students. Our staff is constantly with them and helping them to make the best choices possible.
Muschamp: This year, I feel more comfortable. This year, I know who our quarterback is. He has amazing potential and tremendous arm power.
Muschamp: I never went to a Big 12 Media Day. When I was in the Big 12, offensively we were very good. Very fast paced. Putting much more pressure on the defense. I think you are seeing that more now in our league.
Muschamp: In my opinion, we will be more uptempo offensively.
Muschamp talking about bowl game loss: I blame myself. We got away from our formula.
Questions for Coach Muschamp have started.
Muschamp is going through almost his entire roster, offering comments on where they have won valuable players.
Muschamp: All of the tangible thing you want in a football player, Jon (Halapio) has them.
Muschamp: Offensively, we have to create more explosive plays to move the ball down the field. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. I feel like we left a lot of points on the field last year.
Muschamp: Staff wise, I am extremely pleased where we are.
Muschamp: Philosophically, we want to be more of a running back team. However you look at it, we will have a young quarterback.
Coach Will Muschamp, University of Florida: We inherited a young team.