Live Blog: SEC Media Days – Florida and Missouri

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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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Find the Ole Miss/South Carolina live blog here: http://whnt.com/2013/07/16/live-blog-sec-media-days-ole-miss-and-south-carolina/

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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.

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Franklin: I can’t help but smile. Right now, I can’t even keep a straight face.

Franklin is all smiles today.

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James Franklin: As a quarterback, I’m fundamentally better than I was in the past. I’m more vocal.

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Andrew Wilson, Linebacker for University of Missouri

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L’Damian Washington, Wide Receiver for University of Missouri

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James Franklin, Quarterback for University of Missouri

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Missouri players have entered the media room and have begun to take questions.

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Questions for Coach Pinkel have ended. We’re expecting the questions for the Missouri players to start shortly.

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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.

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About the SEC: “You have to prove yourself. We’re hungry,” said Pinkel.

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Josey looked great at the end of spring. Pinkel expects him to be at 100 percent at the beginning of the football season.

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Pinkel is talking about the comeback of running back Henry Josey from a knee injury.

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Coach Gary Pinkel, University of Missouri

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A very short statement from Pinkel. He has moved on to taking questions.

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Pinkel: We’re glad to be in the SEC. Our fans are excited about this season coming up.

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Coach Gary Pinkel with the Missouri Tigers has taken the stage.

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Questions for the University of Florida players have ended. We’re expecting the Missouri press conference to begin shortly.

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“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.

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Driskel: Right now, our toughest road game is Miami.

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Driskel: I have to make more plays. I have to keep us out of second and long.

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Jon Halapio, Offensive Lineman for University of Florida

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Dominique Easley, Defensive Lineman for University of Florida

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Jeff Driskel, Quarterback for University of Florida

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“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.

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Coach Muschamp’s address has ended. Shortly, players Jeff Driskel, Dominique Easley, and Jon Halapio will answer questions at booths around the room.

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Muschamp: You are 100 percent responsible for you students. Our staff is constantly with them and helping them to make the best choices possible.

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Muschamp: This year, I feel more comfortable. This year, I know who our quarterback is. He has amazing potential and tremendous arm power.

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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.

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Muschamp: In my opinion, we will be more uptempo offensively.

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Coach Will Muschamp, University of Florida

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Muschamp talking about bowl game loss: I blame myself. We got away from our formula.

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Questions for Coach Muschamp have started.

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Muschamp is going through almost his entire roster, offering comments on where they have won valuable players.

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Muschamp: All of the tangible thing you want in a football player, Jon (Halapio) has them.

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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.

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Muschamp: Staff wise, I am extremely pleased where we are.

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Muschamp: Philosophically, we want to be more of a running back team. However you look at it, we will have a young quarterback.

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Coach Will Muschamp, University of Florida: We inherited a young team.

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