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Florida Gators set to make offensive changes

 

Miami Herald Writer

Changes are coming for Florida’s hopeless and “inept” offense.

The Gators (4-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) enter their second bye week this season, coming off another miserable road defeat.

Following Saturday’s 36-17 loss to Missouri, coach Will Muschamp vented his frustrations with the struggling unit.

“We’re inept offensively right now, and we need to make some changes as we move forward,” he said Saturday in Columbia, Mo.

The Gators rank last in the conference in total offense (336.9 yards per game), yards per play (4.94) and explosive plays from scrimmage (defined as 20-plus yards).

“If you continue to do the same things, you’re going to get the same results,” Muschamp said. “We have an awful lot to work on in the open week.

“We need to work on Florida, get better, do some things offensively where we feel like we can consistently move the ball, find out what our kids can do, regain our confidence on defense and continue to improve on special teams.”

Injury report

Florida — unranked for the first time since October 2011 — was without three key defensive contributors against the Tigers and the players’ return dates are uncertain.

Strong-side linebacker Ronald Powell (ankle), defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (head) and linebacker Darrin Kitchens (shoulder) all missed Saturday’s game, and reserve linebacker Jeremi Powell (knee) and starting safety Jaylen Watkins (hand) were banged up in the loss.

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