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Gators coach Will Muschamp fumes over penalties

 
 
Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp gestures during the team's game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Nov. 2, 2013.
Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp gestures during the team's game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Nov. 2, 2013.
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Miami Herald Writer

Will Muschamp has had enough.

Incensed over Florida’s lack of discipline and weekly penalty problem, Muschamp embarrassed players Monday in a heated team meeting, highlighting every player and the number of penalties they had committed his season.

Message sent, according to senior guard Jon Halapio.

“When you show and display that in front of the whole entire team you can feel the accountability and embarrassment when you’re getting called out in front of the team like that,” Halapio said. “So I think everybody is gonna do a better job this week.”

Florida ranks No. 119 nationally — and tops in the SEC — with 8.1 penalties per game.

UF has more penalties during its four-game losing streak than seven teams in the country have all season.

•  Andre Debose — sidelined for the season with a torn ACL — will return for a sixth season in 2014, according Muschamp. Debose must petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibly, but the wide receiver/kick returner should qualify due to multiple season-ending injuries over his career.

Since the Missouri game, running backs coach Brian White has moved from the coach’s box to the sidelines.

Muschamp, frustrated by the lack of consistency, has reopened UF’s kicking competition — again. Florida ranks No. 104 nationally in field goal percentage (58.8 percent) and are tied for the fourth-most misses (10-of-17) in the country.

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