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Wednesday September 19, 2012 Muschamp: Jenkins has chance to return for LSU game, plus more tidbits

Gators coach Will Muschamp made his weekly appearance on the SEC Media Teleconference a few minutes ago. Here are some quick-hit notes off Muschamp's appearance as Florida prepares to host Kentucky on Saturday:


--He said the Gators have had two good days of practice coming off the win over Tennessee. "The guys are working hard on the field,'' he said. "We're looking forward to the 12:21 kickoff here in The Swamp and getting back home."

--Muschamp said there is a chance LB Jelani Jenkins could be back in time for the LSU game on Oct. 6. He said Jenkins was going to start running and lifting today and should have the pin in his surgically repaired thumb removed in about eight days. "They are going to pull a pin out of there and take a look at it,'' Muschamp said. "We'll move from there. We'll be fine."

--Muschamp said DL Dominique Easley still has "got a little swelling on the knee and is moving around OK" and remains questionable for Saturday's game against Kentucky. Meanwhile, Muschamp said OL Matt Patchan (strained pec) remains out. "I'm now sure when Matt will be back,'' Muschamp said.

--The Gators have been efficient at blocking punts in recent years, and while they don't have a blocked punt this season, Muschamp said it's not been for lack of trying. "We've gone after one in every game [he later clarified that they didn't have a chance at Texas A&M] and we plan to do so presented the situation,'' Muschamp said. "Had an opportunity against Bowling Green and Matt Elam barely missed it."

--With the Gators back at home after road wins at Texas A&M and Tennessee, the Gators look to improve to 7-2 at home under Muschamp. He wants opponents to fear coming to The Swamp the way they once did. In the past two seasons Florida has lost five games at home. "That has been emphasized since Day 1 for me,'' he said. "You've got to have great success at home in order to win in your league. We lost two games at home last year and that's not something we're accustomed to around here, I can assure you that."

--Muschamp said Florida's fast start is partly attributed to the players buying into the message over the summer to start fast. "There is no question our players have approached the summer the right way and we've gotten the results we needed to this point."

--Asked if he was concerned about the Gators letting up with Kentucky coming to town, Muschamp basically said no because of the message from the coaches. "My approach has always been every game counts as one regardless of the situation, the circumstances, who you play or where you play,'' he said. "That's the way we try to approach every game for that reason."

--Muschamp said Florida's confidence has increased the past two weeks after wins at Texas A&M and Tennessee. "I always tell the players a positive attitude doesn't guarantee anything, but a negative one does. Anytime you are negative and thinking in a negative way, you usually are not going to have much success. Our guys expect to play well, our guys expect to win in every situation. That's what you want in your program."

--The receiving corps has made progress in Muschamp's view. "I've got a lot more confidence in play-making ability and run after the catch and things they are doing. There are a lot of things that go into that. I think the No. 1 thing that goes into that is we're blocking well up front. It all goes back to our offensive line."

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