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Notebook: Muschamp provides updates

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp spoke on the SEC's mid-week teleconference call Wednesday and provided a handful of updates on the Gators as they prepare for Jacksonville State in the final home game of the season.

* Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel (sprained right ankle) was officially ruled out for Saturday's game, with Muschamp indicating Jacoby Brissett will start this week. Driskel has not been able to practice at all this week.

* Muschamp dodged a question about whether he was concerned about Driskel's injury going into the Florida State game. "We feel like he will be available to go, but who knows? I'm just going day by day at this time."

* Elsewhere on the injury front, linebacker Neiron Ball (ankle), wide receiver Andre Debose (hyperextended knee) and safety De'Ante Saunders (knee) are out for the game. Safety Valdez Showers (shoulder) is questionable and will try to practice in the next few days. Left guard Ian Silberman (shoulder) is also questionable with an injury. left tackle Xavier Nixon (knee) and left guard James Wilson (knee) are both probable.

* Muschamp's "Man Down, Man Up" philosophy that the team has stressed so much this season was a major point of emphasis in the offseason. He said he felt the team used injuries too much as an excuse last year. "You need to man up in this league, and when you have an injury someone else needs to step up for you."

* After USA Today reported Monday that Sharrif Floyd was adopted by the man who provided impermissible NCAA benefits to a handful of collegiate athletes, Kevin Lahn, Muschamp again backed his starting defensive tackle. "Absolutely not ever worried about any eligibility issues. Everything was above-board. The young man has done nothing wrong. My statements stand in what I said a year ago and I stand by today."

* Florida will have 18 seniors playing their final home game in the Swamp. Muschamp said "they have done an outstanding job."

* Muschamp raved about kicker Caleb Sturgis. "His accomplishments speak for themselves. I think he's the best place-kicker in the country. An oustanding man who has graduated himself, too."

* Freshman defensive end Dante Fowler has played very well, and Muschamp attributed a lot of his growth to his humble attitude. "He's a guy that's been a very, very productive player. He's always trying to learn more and watch film. That's the one thing that Dante really has a strong talent for is listening to other people."

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