Florida has started slowly in its last two games, falling behind both Georgia and Vanderbilt 7-0 in the first quarter. And though both games were eventually easy wins for the Gators, Will Muschamp probably doesn't want to face another early deficit this Saturday in Florida's SEC finale against South Carolina.
So he's given his players a tangible reminder of the importance of starting fast — the kickoff time for Florida-South Carolina, painted in the end zone at Florida's practice field.
Muschamp really emphasizing the “12:01” thing. Has it painted in practice field endzone pic.twitter.com/9Rm8Bfmnw2— Richard Johnson (@RagjUF) November 10, 2014
That's the game's start time. Defend the swamp at 12:01, start fast etc. RT @dgornto1: @RagjUF I missed it... What's the significance?— Richard Johnson (@RagjUF) November 10, 2014
Theoretically, a big-font reminder of the kick time will be a reminder to players all week that they have to be ready for a high noon clash, and hopefully keep all of the Gators focused enough to avoid an early hole.
But, of course, Muschamp's tried this before.
He's done that before. Leading up to Toledo game last year "12:21" was painted on practice field.— Richard Johnson (@RagjUF) November 10, 2014
And given that Florida's 24-6 win over Toledo wasn't exactly a master class in starting fast (Florida never trailed, but never led by more than the final margin, either), Muschamp has to be hoping this trick works better this time.