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Florida Gators’ woes not dissuading recruits

 

Miami Herald Writer

While Florida’s lingering offensive woes continue to concern Gators fans, they have not dissuaded recruits, according to coach Will Muschamp.

“Recruiting is going fine. We’re in good shape there. It is what it is,” he said. “I think anybody with a shred of intelligence can see the situation.”

Four-star commits Dalvin Cook (tailback, Miami Central) and Ermon Lane (wide receiver, Homestead) are among a handful of offensive prospects expected to boost UF’s anemic unit in 2014.

“We’re doing fine. We’re doing fine,” Muschamp said. “Some of those guys look at is as, ‘What a great opportunity to come to a program like Florida and play [right away].’ ”

MUSCHAMP’s mistake

Muschamp acknowledged that the coaching staff mismanaged freshman tailback Kelvin Taylor’s touches in Saturday’s 36-17 loss to Missouri.

Taylor rushed for 74 yards on 12 carries, including a 20-yard touchdown sprint on Florida’s best drive of the afternoon late in the third quarter.

The freshman (53 yards on the drive) sparked UF’s first offensive touchdown in six quarters but was oddly pulled for the next two series and had just one carry the rest of the game.

Muschamp said Taylor is running the ball “extremely well,” and “obviously needs to touch it more as he has shown playmaking ability.”

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