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Wednesday September 14, 2011 Muschamp updates status of Demps, Floyd on SEC media teleconference

Updated: 2:48pm, September 14

Gators coach Will Muschamp answered questions from reporters earlier today during his appearance on the weekly SEC media teleconference.

The No. 16-ranked Gators host Tennessee on Saturday in the SEC opener. Florida will try to stretch its winning streak in the longtime rivalry to seven games.

Gators coach Will Muschamp

Here are the highlights of what Muschamp had to say:

--Some media and fans have questioned whether the Gators have been holding back offensively in the season’s first two games against lesser opponents Florida Atlantic and UAB.

Muschamp said that’s not the way he approaches a game.

“We game plan every week to win the game. We’re going to do what we got to do to win the game,” he said. “Obviously as the game changes, you change your play calling offensively and defensively and even in special teams from the standpoint of what you’re doing based on the score. We may have not done some things we had planned for in the game, but we don’t go into a game holding stuff for another opponent. I guess some people do that. I don’t.’’

--Muschamp reiterated that senior RB Jeff Demps is expected to play against the Vols. Demps left the UAB win late in the first quarter and did not return due to a shoulder injury.

“He’s going to be fine,’’ Muschamp said. “He is practicing.’’

--Questions concerning linebacker Dee Finley’s status were raised on Monday afternoon when he was pulled over on his Moped on campus, creating some legal issues for Finley.

Muschamp said he is in the process of dealing with Finley’s situation without going into details.

“I’m handling that,’’ he said. We’ll work through that. That’s where we are.’’

Meanwhile, Finley addressed the matter via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

“I apologize #GATORNATION…now watch bounce back. #bingo,” was Finley’s tweet.

--Muschamp confirmed sophomore defensive end Sharrif Floyd is playing on Saturday after missing the first two games due to an NCAA ruling on his eligibility.

“He’s a really good player. He’s a guy that is probably the most respected player in our locker room as far as how he handles himself on and off the field,’’ Muschamp said. “He’s just a great young man and a guy that brings a lot of passion and a lot of energy to the locker room, to our football team.’’

--By now most people know that Muschamp and Tennessee coach Derek Dooley worked together on Nick Saban’s staff at LSU from 2001-04.

Saturday is the first time the two will have squared off against one another as head coaches.

“Derek is a smart guy, extremely hard-working, very detail-oriented in his approach to everything that we do,” Muschamp said. “[He] did a great job with our special teams, but a guy that sees the big picture … very detail-oriented coach and that obviously shows on tape with this football team.’’

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