GAINESVILLE -- Although No. 4 Florida is back in the national discussion after an upset against LSU on Saturday, coach Will Muschamp has turned his focus to making sure the Gators don’t suffer a letdown on the road against unranked Vanderbilt this weekend.
Muschamp pointed to Vanderbilt’s season opener in which it pushed South Carolina to the brink and the team’s road victory against Missouri on Saturday as reasons the Gators can’t afford to look past the Commodores. Vanderbilt also played Florida tough in Gainesville last season, when the Commodores scored late to make it 26-21 and had a chance to win if they recovered an onside kick.
“We’ll have our work cut out for us again,” Muschamp said. “They’re a pressure-driven outfit. They finished in the top 20 [in total defense] in the country last year, and they’ve got a team that we’ve got to make sure — they run a lot of zone pressures and overload pressures — that we’re on our Ps and Qs.”
The Gators escaped Saturday’s game relatively healthy, with linebacker Jelani Jenkins (hamstring) the only significant casualty. Muschamp said Jenkins is probable Saturday.
Safety Cody Riggs (broken foot) and right tackle Matt Patchan (strained pectoral) remain out. Riggs, a Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas alum who started the first two games, wore a walking boot and watched Saturday’s game from the sideline. Originally expected to miss four to six weeks, Riggs has been out for exactly a month so far, but a target return date has not been specified.