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Davis jokes about Saban's demeanor

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- You've heard it all before. Florida is modeling its program after Alabama. Will Muschamp is a Nick Saban disciple. Ultimately, the Gators want to be like the Crimson Tide.

Offensive line coach Tim Davis is well aware of the comparisons. He's worked with both Saban and Muschamp.

And on Tuesday night at the Space Coast Gator Club in Melbourne, he made sure fans knew what he thought about working for Muschamp -- at Saban's expense.

"Will and I go back to the Miami Dolphins," Davis said. "I've always wanted to work with Will. Will's got a plan. Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three. He did seven. And his DNA is not any different than Nick."

Later, Davis brought up Saban again, laughingly referencing the head coach he worked for with the Miami Dolphins for two years and for another year at Alabama.

"[Muschamp's] like the other guy, only he's got a personality," he said. "He'll smile at you. He'll talk to you. You understand? That's what he's all about. That's Will. I'm proud to work for him."

The second-year offensive line coach fired up the crowd repeatedly with his energetic speech, and his comments about Saban -- far and away college football's most successful coach -- brought repeated laughter to the crowd.

Davis can get away with that for now. At least, coming off an 11-win season with things looking up for Florida.

But personality or not, Gators fans won't care what Will Muschamp is like if he can't maintain the level of success he had a year ago en route to winning 11 regular-season games and reaching a BCS Bowl.

Saban can get away with his approach because he's a winner. Muschamp still has to prove he can be one on a consistent basis.

There's no doubting his staff's confidence, though. To a man, they love him and sing his praises.

"I'm telling you, this is Will right here: 'Are you better?'" Davis said. "Look at yourself. Are you better? That's what it's all about, and that's what we're all about. We prepare all the time. With Will, you've got to embrace it. That's his point plan from A to Z."

That plan, Davis said, will help Florida mimic Saban's success. It's time for Florida to get back to the top of the SEC, and Muschamp appears poised to make the jump.

At least, that's what the man who once worked for Saban believes.

"Eight national champions in a row," Davis said. "We're going to win one here with Will. We're going to do it."

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