Kickoff for the Gators' game against South Carolina is at 3:30 p.m. at the Swamp and the contest will be broadcast on CBS.
Here is Muschamp's opening statement looking back at Saturday's win over the Commodores and the challenges his team faces against the coach Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks.
“Recap Vanderbilt here. Great turnout by our fans showing up there in Nashville and helping them sell their stadium out there. It was a great turnout by the Gator fans. We knew it would be a 60 minute game. They do an outstanding job, James Franklin and his staff, certainly have got them playing well and we knew that was going to happen. We had some injuries and some things I’ll address when we move forward. But proud of our guys to battle through some adversity and continue to play well and playing together. Team stat. We won the explosives there. We had 10 to four. We won the turnover margin, plus-1. So anytime you have a double-positive on that it gives you a great opportunity to win. And that’s the most important thing.
“Offensively, we ran the ball extremely well. 31 carries for 331 yards, we had 10 explosive plays, like I said earlier. Some things we obviously need to improve on is third down, we had three drops in some critical situations, especially coming off the goal line in order to flip the field there. And we’ve got to score touchdowns in the red zone. When we get down there and have opportunities, we have a critical coaching error coming off of a timeout, and we had too many guys on the field. It wasn’t communicated well by our staff, and that’s been addressed. We just, those are some situations as we move forward we cannot allow to happen. Player of the game was very obvious. Jeff Driskel played outstanding. You could see in some of the zone-read situations on film, they obviously were going to try and take Mike Gillislee out of the game and that really opened some things up for Jeff. He really played well, made some very good decisions in the game and we’re very proud of him. The scrap iron was Jon Halapio, continues to have a good football season for us and he’s playing well.
“Defensively , forced a fumble and blocked a kick. Help them to some field goals there in the red zone. I think three of five. We didn’t play very well. We had some mental errors, some communication, some eye control issues, third down, we just overall I thought it was a very sloppy game defensively. Did not play well, didn’t adjust well to some things that we had practiced and gone over and that Vanderbilt had showed before. I'm very disappointed in our effort. I mean, our effort was good but just how we played.
“Player of the game was Jon Bostic. He played extremely well, very productive. He was active in the middle and made a lot of plays. He got off blocks extremely well. Jon has really progressed this year as far as just his physicality of playing in the core of the formation. Playing blocks and disengaging and getting off of people. I'm real proud of him.
“Ballhawks was Jon Bostic, obviously with the big third down stop and stripping the quarterback. Neiron Ball with the recovery and Earl Okine with the blocked kick. Loucheiz Purifoy with the recovery and he needs to secure the ball better than he did.
“Special teams-wise, coverage very well again. I thought we had great coverage down the field. Our guys are doing a fantastic job. The fake punt was executed extremely well. The two-point conversion was executed extremely well. Then, the kickoff return. When you are on the road, and you have an opportunity to answer in those situations you need to. You have to swing the momentum of the game and felt like the punt fake was there and then the kickoff return by Andre was a fantastic effort by him running through some guys to get about a 60-yard return and flip the field on them again and put us down in their end and really take the wind out of their sails there.
“Player of the game, though, was Chris Johnson. He had three tackles inside the 20 on kickoff. They were doubling him and he ran through every one of them. Really proud of his effort. Then, the big play there was Solomon Patton.
“Injury-wise right now, I expect to have Jelani Jenkins full speed and ready to go. Dominique Easley should be ready to go. Jon Harrison should be ready to go. Latroy Pittman will be questionable with an ankle. Don't know as the week moves on how serious that will be. James Wilson should be fine and Xavier Nixon should be fine. So, we're hopeful to have all those guys back. They're all definitely going to be fine or probable at the worst, except with Pittman who would be questionable at this time.
“South Carolina, obviously coach Spurrier winning a Heisman Trophy here and his 12 years as head coach here and his 12 y ears as head coach here probably will never be repeated. You look at six SEC titles and the 1990 season had the best record in the SEC, national championship, and really put Florida on the map as far as winning championships in football. I’ve asked him before why it didn’t happen before and he never gives me a good reason, but he just did a phenomenal job here as the head football coach. And a guy that’s very well respected and a guy that I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for.
“Their football team is a little similar to ours in running the ball and playing really good defense and winning in the kicking game. Connor Shaw, their quarterback, is just a winner, a guy that creates plays with his legs, does a lot of good things for their football team. They run the zone read with him, pocket movement stuff. The play is never dead with him. He can create so much with his legs and he’s a tough, hard-nosed, competitive guy, a guy you enjoy competing against because of the way he plays the game. He’s a coach’s son and a really, really good athlete.
“Marcus Lattimore is a phenomenal football player. He’s gotten his strength back and he’s a one-cut runner. He gets the ball north and south and really moves the pile for them. He’s an outstanding runner. Ace Sanders and Bruce Ellington, two receivers, extremely talented. They’re huge up front. Justice Cunningham, a tight end, the guy you really appreciate as you watch the film and the things he does for their team – blocking and in the throwing deal there. He’s a really good player.
“Defensively, Clowney and Taylor are the two ends you’ve got to account for or they’ll make you have a long day. Those guys are really athletic and they can convert speed to power in the rush. They’re really good players. Shaq Wilson from over at First Coast in Jacksonville is an instinctive ‘backer. Victor Hampton and Jimmy Legree, two outstanding corners, probably the best corner combination we’ve faced this year and D.J. Swearinger’s an outstanding safety for them. Really good defensively.
“Special teams, Ace Sanders is averaging 17 yards a punt return.
"Again, outstanding football team. They recruit extremely well and coach Spurrier has been able to keep those guys at home there in South Carolina in the state. That's probably been the key. You see a lot of these guys are from the state of South Carolina 3:30 CBS kickoff in the Swamp and we're looking forward to getting back in front of our home crowd."