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WILL MUSCHAMP
ANDY STAPLES
August 17, 2012
ON QBS WHO LEAD, AND LINEMEN WHO MOVE PEOPLE
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August 17, 2012

Will Muschamp

ON QBS WHO LEAD, AND LINEMEN WHO MOVE PEOPLE

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SI: Is there a chance defensive end Ronald Powell plays this season?

WM: I think so. I really do. His range of motion is way ahead of where it should be. His strength levels are good. Everything points really good. I think the last 30% of an ACL is the hard part. That's when you've got to start cutting. That's when you've got to start taking on people.

SI: Is it important for Jacoby Brissett or Jeff Driskel to emerge as the clear starter at QB?

WM: No question. I say it all the time. Look at the NFL, at the teams that go to the playoffs every year. Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. You need that guy who can manage your football team, who doesn't turn the ball over, who takes care of the football, who converts third downs, who is a great leader.

SI: HOW DIFFERENT IS THE FEELING AFTER YOUR SECOND SPRING PRACTICE IN GAINESVILLE?

WM: I FEEL MUCH BETTER THAN A YEAR AGO AS FAR AS WHERE WE ARE: OUR PHYSICALITY AS A TEAM, OUR TOGETHERNESS. WE'RE MOVING FORWARD.

SI: You've called the SEC a "line-of-scrimmage league." How would you assess your offensive line?

WM: We're better. We're tougher. We're stronger. We're doing a better job of getting displacement up front. We've got some bigger-girth guys defensively that we moved and did a nice job with [in the spring]. If there's any one unit of our football team that has made tremendous strides—and needed to—it's been the offensive line.

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