This morning was the official start for the Florida Gators 2014 football season.
Yesterday during media day Muschamp explained the practice schedule, “We’re changing a little bit practice time. We’re going to go in the morning more than we had in the past. We usually incorporated a mid-day practice off a two-a-day, which I think we only have three or four. The midday practice was hard from the standpoint of the heat and sometimes the weather, because you can have lightning so, we’re going to practice every morning – and then when we do have opportunities per the rules – we’ll have a two-a-day practice later at night and a little lighter than we’ve done it before so it won’t be as taxing for the players. My biggest concern is being able to have guys hydrated here in this heat. Sometimes I think going in the morning and eliminating the midday practice will help because it won’t be as taxing.”
Florida is practically completely healthy going into camp. Freshman JC Jackson is on the non-contact list after undergoing shoulder surgery in April. Andre Debose and LB Matt Rolin have both been cleared for all contact after suffering ACL tears last year. It’s very strange that Florida is so healthy. But this is how it should be.
Muschamp still has yet to name a backup QB to starter Jeff Driskel. “I think we’ll decide that as we get through training camp,” he said. “You just got to get another guy ready and that’s what we plan on doing. Who that will be, I don’t know, and what sort of package we will have for him, I have no idea at this time.” Florida will have a split squad during the first two days of practice on Monday and Tuesday before practicing as a full team at night from Wednesday to Friday this week.