Florida’s Will Muschamp faces hot seat questions head on

HOOVER, Ala. | It’s not unusual for a coach in the Southeastern Conference to have to face questions about being on the proverbial hot seat.

Going 4-8 last season had Will Muschamp not waiting Monday at SEC Media Days for questions about his job security.

“There will be a lot chatter about hot seat business,” said Muschamp, 22-16 entering his fourth season.

The first question posed to him still had a hot seat element to it.

“You combat the hot seat talk by being good and winning games,” he said.

Florida did not have a good team last season. A slew of injuries certainly played a role.

The Gators ended the year with seven straight losses, including to Georgia Southern at home.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel, who started three games last season before sustaining a broken leg, is expecting a big year under new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, who arrived from Duke.

“We have the players to make this offense work,” Driskel said. “This offense creates space and when you get that space that’s when big plays happen.”

Roper will allow Driskel to play out of the shotgun, where he is most comfortable. Muschamp said Florida’s offense was too one-dimensional last season when it ranked last in the SEC at 316.7 yards per game.

Muschamp said this is probably his “most complete” team. There are 16 returning starters, including first-team All-SEC cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr.

“It’s in the back of our minds that we’re not a 4-8 team and we’re about to show people this year,” Driskel said.

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