New Florida coach Will Muschamp seems to have embraced the new traditions Urban Meyer brought to the football program. Things like the Gator Walk and singing the fight song after every victory. Now, add another one. Muschamp looks like he’s going to go out of his way to make sure former players are always welcome back, and encourage them to have a relationship with the current players.
That was one of the first things Meyer did when he arrived here in 2005. Muschamp is carrying on the tradition.
Before the draftable UF players participated in Pro Day on Tuesday, Muschamp spoke with the group and told them he appreciated everything they’ve done for Florida football and said they were always welcome.
“They all really appreciated that,” said former UF center Maurkice Pouncey, who was there with his twin brother, Mike, when Muschamp extended the welcome to the players. “Coach Muschamp seems like a great guy. He’s going to do a great job here. No doubt.”
Maurkice said he and Mike plan to be come back to campus when they can and spend time around the coaches and players.
There were numerous former plays at Pro Day encouraging the guys going through drills for the NFL coaches and scout.
Among those in attendance were Percy Harvin, Riley Cooper, David Nelson, Chris Leak and Willie Rodgers.
Leak said he had a chance to meet Muschamp and was impressed.
“He’s going to do a great job. You can tell the players are excited,” Leak said. “Those defensive players are especially fired up to play in his defense. He really gets after people. His defense sacked me six times when he was at LSU (in 2003, a game the Gators won 19-7). I tell you what, there are going to be some sore quarterbacks around the SEC after they play Florida.”
By the way, here’s another Meyer tradition that will continue under Muschamp: He does not believe in Gamers, guys who don’t do much in practice but will shine in games. Like Meyer, you’ve got to produce in practice to play on Saturday. He made that clear after the opening of spring practice Wednesday. He also stressed that players who don’t practice during the week because of injuries likely won’t play, either. You’ve got to practice to play. Meyer believed in it. So does Muschamp.