GAINESVILLE -- Coach Will Muschamp identified several key areas in need of improvement as his team prepares for a home game against Kentucky on Saturday.
Despite a 3-0 start, the Gators are struggling to convert on third down and in short-yardage and goal-line situations. UF ranks 13th in the Southeastern Conference on third down, converting just 11 of its 41 (26.8 percent) chances. Muschamp also mentioned two times when UF had to settle for a field goal in the red zone. The Gators have scored on eight of nine trips inside the opponent’s 20-yard line but only four touchdowns.
Muschamp said changes in the lineup are likely in those situations.
“What we’re doing is not good,” he said. “We need to continue to either change personnel ... We’re studying ourselves again as we speak to make sure we’re getting in the right spots in those situations. What we’re doing is not working. To continue doing the same stuff, you’re going to get the same results.”
Starting running back Mike Gillislee did not start Saturday’s game against Tennessee while nursing a strained groin. However, Gillislee finished the game with 18 carries for 115 yards and Muschamp said Monday the groin isn’t much an issue.
“He felt better after the game than he did before is what he told me,” Muschamp said. “Everything we have from the injury report yesterday was very positive.”
Gillislee leads the SEC in rushing with 346 yards on 56 attempts.
Defensive end Dominique Easley (knee) is day-to-day after experiencing swelling on his knee following an injury late in Saturday’s game, Muschamp said.
Right tackle Chaz Green (ankle) is probable for Saturday’s game against Kentucky, while cornerback Cody Riggs (foot) and Jelani Jenkins (thumb) are out.