Florida Gators head football coach Will Muschamp savored the 38-20 victory over the No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs on Nov. 1 but wished his father, who passed away in May and never got to see his son beat Georgia, was there to see it.
Will Muschamp finally has finally beaten the Georgia Bulldogs. However, he wished his father was there to see it.
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This was what Muschamp told GatorSports.com's Pat Dooley on Nov. 1 in the aftermath of the Gators' 38-20 win. His father Larry passed away in May without ever seeing his son beat the Bulldogs:
"The smile was wide and the mood was was light. It was light years from the noise of the last two weeks around the Florida football program, where dark clouds were prevalent even on sunny days.
"There was only one thing missing for Will Muschamp.
"'I wish my father was here,' the Florida coach said. 'I thought about that late in the game.'
"Larry Muschamp died in May without ever seeing his son enjoy a victory in the Florida-Georgia game.
"He would have loved the way it finally happened for him on a chilly and windy Saturday night at EverBank Field.
"Florida used a trick play to light a spark and then started punching. The Gators didn't ask their true freshman starter to do much -- six passes, six runs -- because they didn't have to. They just kept running the football and the yardage just kept piling up.
"Two hundred yards, 300, 400.
"'If I could run as good as Florida,' said Georgia coach Mark Richt, 'I'd only throw it six times, too.'
"With Treon Harris getting his first start, Muschamp and Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper knew what they had to do and what they could not do. They had to run effectively and they couldn't have another turnover-fest like the one two weeks ago.
"Florida turned it over only once when Harris tried to pull out a handoff to Matt Jones, and Jones thought it was his ball to carry. And the Gators owned Georgia's run defense, especially on the edge.
"'Our guys did a great job upstaris seeing that,' Muschamp said."
In other news, Dooley's colleague at GatorSports.com, Robby Andreu, says Gators quarterback Treon Harris will be called on to do bigger things as the 2014 NCAA season wears on:
"True freshman Florida quarterback Treon Harris experienced pretty much a stress-free start Saturday in Jacksonville. He didn't have to do much. He wasn't asked to do much, other than hand the ball off to Kelvin Taylor and Matt Jones and watch the Florida offense go up and down the field against Georgia.
"It was a positive beginning, but only just a a beginning for Harris, who will be called on to to do a whole lot more in the offense as the Gators head down the stretch, especially in the passing game.
"'If we don't get better at turning the ball over, it doesn't matter what we do,' offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said Tuesday. 'We want to be a team that is playing smart, taking care of the football and growing. But there's no doubt Treon is going to have to be a playmaker in the passing game.
"There was little or no burden on Harris to make plays in the Gators' 38-20 victory over the Bulldogs. The Gators were so dominant on the ground that the decision was made early to stay one-dimensional, which obviously turned out to be the right move given the fact UF rushed for 418 yards and dominated the game over the final three quarters.
"So, what's the next step for Harris and the passing game?
"'It's a good question,' Roper said. 'I don't know that there's been a first step is maybe my answer to that because we called four passes all within the first 20 plays. I think of the three passes that we called were in the first six plays.
"'I don't know that there was ever a step necessarily gained other than the fact that he almost made some plays out of (rhythm)...and was still smart with the football when he was throwing it. Maybe that's the step we're at, but I think we're really in our infancy of knowing.'"
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