GAINESVILLE, Fla. The Gators officially reported for fall camp Thursday and they start practice Friday. Prior to Floridas media day Thursday afternoon, coach Will Muschamp gathered his team for the first time in its new meeting room at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
In the new surroundings Muschamp relied on an old message, pulling his "man down, man up" mantra out of his preseason playbook to set the tone for the start of camp.
The Gators will need to take the message to heart, at least in the early portion of camp.It was common knowledge prior to when Muschamp stepped to the podium Thursday that junior quarterback Jeff Driskel was going to miss the start of camp following an emergency appendectomy Tuesday.
But during his opening statement, Muschamp updated the status of other players who will be unavailable:
Sophomore running back Matt Jones is out indefinitely due to what Muschamp called a "serious viral infection."
Starting right guard Jon Halapio is out due to a partial tear of a...