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Thursday May 1, 2014 Muschamp: Hawkins only transfer; Roper discusses Driskel

Updated: 8:34am, May 1

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Gators coach Will Muschamp will be in Fort Lauderdale tonight to speak to the Broward County Gator Club.

Doors open at 5 p.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Will Muschamp

Muschamp took questions Wednesday from reporters on the SEC football media teleconference. There wasn't much news but a few tidbits are worth mentioning:

--Muschamp said that freshman safety Marqui Hawkins is the only player who is planning to transfer. Muschamp announced last week that Hawkins decided to transfer to see if he can find a school where he can play receiver.

--Muschamp said injured running back Matt Jones (knee) and linebackers Alex Anzalone (shoulder) and Matt Rolin (knee) are on pace to be fully cleared by the time fall camp opens.

"Jones is on target. Matt Rolin is on track. Alex Anzalone is on track. [Receiver] Andre Debose was non-contact [in spring], but is ahead of schedule. I think we're in pretty good shape."

--Muschamp said first-year offensive coordinator Kurt Roper made a positive impact on the team in spring camp. He praised Roper's ability as a teacher.

Meanwhile, Roper did a Q&A with's Bruce Feldman and touched on several topics.

Roper reiterated how impressed he is with quarterback Jeff Driskel as an athlete and potential big-time college quarterback. He does want Driskel to develop a better touch on some of his throws.

Q: What do you tweak mechanically when it comes to the deep ball or the touch throws?

Roper: With the touch throws, you gotta feel it come out of your fingers more. It's almost like he's not feeling it roll off his index finger enough. What I'm trying to get him to do, is on touch throws, get him up a little bit more on his toes and really feel it come out of his fingers, so it's less arm and more fingers. On the down-the-field throws, it's the same thing. When you finish, you have to finish a little bit higher with your release and feel it come off your fingers to control the amount of air. A lot of guys will throw it too flat. That's what happens when they try to over-throw it or try to strong-arm it. He needs more touch, more fingers on both those types of throws.

For the complete Q&A with Roper, you can click here.


"There's no perfect answer to please everybody. We did what was best for our league. We all have a hidden agenda, whatever university we represent. That's the decision that was made by the SEC, and I support it." Muschamp on the SEC's future football scheduling format

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