(For those who wish to read the entire Brantley, Thompson and Green transcripts, you can view them here. In a two-page PDF document)
We know that Will Muschamp doesn't like to breathe when he talks. Personally, I think that is fantastic. I love it. It means that he is serious, he shoots from the hip and he isn't afraid to say the first thing that comes to mind. Remind you of anyone?
However, we mustn't forget that Muschamp wasn't the only member of the Florida Gators football team to attend Media Days this year. John Brantley, Deonte Thompson and William Green headed to Alabama to join in on the fun.
Here is some of what they had to say:
(On Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weis) "It’s awesome (to have him). You grow up watching a team like the New England Patriots and see the offense he runs, you just don’t expect to have him as a coach. It’s an honor to play for him. Just in the last six months, I’ve been learning just as much as I can, and I can’t wait for August when we pick back up."
Have we really gotten to the point where kids who have grown up watching the Patriots are now in college? If so, I feel really old. And last time I checked, I'm in my late 20's.
(On Coach Weis) "The way he coaches, drop back and play action (passes), he’s going to model the offense around what his players do best. He didn’t get to do that this much in the spring, it was more about putting in the basics, but we’ll start on that this fall."
Weis didn't get into it much in the spring or the offense didn't? Oh, okay. It was Weis.
(On the lack of Gators on first-team preaseason teams) "It’s surprising to me because I think we have some of the best athletes in the country. It’s their (media) choice, but that definitely gives us a chip on our shoulder."
People keep underestimating the Gators and it isn't bothering a single person in Gator Nation. You are free to do so at your own peril.
(On the coaching change) "With the new coaching staff, everyone’s got a clean slate. Personally, it’s been good for me."
Now it is time to see what you got.
(On Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weis) "I was very surprised (that he came to Florida). At first, I thought it was just a rumor, and I thought ‘Ah, he’s in Kansas City, he’s not coming here.’ He’s had success with his offenses wherever he goes. He knows how to pick out the things that work with each guy."
Yep. I'm still somewhat in shock. Charlie is a guy that knows how to make an offense work.
(On last year) "It was frustrating at times. We’re used to scoring 40, 50 points a game, and now we’re struggling to get 21, but we hung in there together as a team, and we got through it."
It was pretty much frustrating all the time.
(On his duties as a leader) "I told all the younger guys, ‘Are you going to go the distance? Are you with us or not?’ Most of our team is pretty close though so it wasn’t that hard."
Deonte stepping up as a leader is just awesome. Now, if he'll back that up by preforming on the field, when it counts. That would be double-awesome.
(On Quarterback John Brantley) "His confidence is the biggest thing. Just from summer workouts, 7-on-7 drills, he’s just come in and taken control of the huddle. A lot more verbal."
We got leaders ladies and gentlemen!
(On the leading the younger defensive players) "In the past year, they’ve grown up a lot. The maturity is a lot better. I think they’ll help us tremendously this year."
The much discussed issue of the freshmen players last year feeling entitled to things is apparently gone. It is about time.
(On preseason expectations being lower than usual) "We care about it. I think everyone has a chip on their shoulder. We want to be our best every Saturday and just try to get back to Atlanta."
If you're there playing William. We'll be there with you.
(On Coach Muschamp) "He’s big about doing things ‘The Florida Way,’ playing hard, running to the ball. He’s a bit more intense, more of a defensive mind."
I've longed (well, since Zook ended his first year) for the head coach of the Gators to be a defensive guy. The fact that Muschamp isn't going to tone down his actions on the sidelines is even better.