HOOVER, Ala. | It‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúThere will be a lot chatter about hot seat business,‚Äù said Muschamp, 22-16 entering his fourth season.
The first question posed to him still had a hot seat element to it.
‚ÄúYou combat the hot seat talk by being good and winning games,‚Äù 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.
‚ÄúWe have the players to make this offense work,‚Äù Driskel said. ‚ÄúThis offense creates space and when you get that space that‚Äôs when big plays happen.‚Äù
Roper will allow Driskel to play out of the shotgun, where he is most comfortable. Muschamp said Florida‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúmost complete‚Äù team. There are 16 returning starters, including first-team All-SEC cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs in the back of our minds that we‚Äôre not a 4-8 team and we‚Äôre about to show people this year,‚Äù Driskel said.