GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Will Muschamp and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher have a long-standing relationship. The two rival coaches worked together at Auburn and LSU and once co-owned a Florida beach house, but as the two are now friendly foes, Muschamp said he has had to compartmentalize the relationship.
“Obviously, there’s not a whole lot of communication from the standpoint of other than just checking on families and things,” Muschamp said. “There’s absolutely no football discussed or recruiting, I can assure you of that. Jimbo’s a good man, and he and Candi are great people. And he’s done a fantastic job there.”
With starting middle linebacker Michael Taylor sidelined with an MCL sprain, the Gators will face the Seminoles’ No. 2 scoring attack extremely short-handed at linebacker. Freshman Jarrad Davis, normally an outside linebacker, will play in the middle, and redshirt junior Neiron Ball will start outside. Without Taylor, Antonio Morrison or Alex Anzalone, walk-on senior David Campbell, who played extensively in the second half of UF’s loss to Georgia Southern, are again expected to see plenty of snaps.
“It’s affected us,” defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said of the team’s depleted depth. “It’s unfortunately one of those things we’ve dealt with a bunch this year.”