Muschamp ready to turn Florida's fortunes around

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Florida coach Will Muschamp is confident he has the remedy for questions about his job security: Winning a lot of football games.

These are strange times for the Gators, who are coming off their first losing season since 1979. Nearly everything went wrong in last year's 4-8 disaster, but Muschamp was upbeat during his Monday address at SEC Media Days, saying he's got the talent for a quick turnaround.

The return of quarterback Jeff Driskel should help. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior played just three games last season because of a season-ending leg fracture. Muschamp also hired offensive coordinator Kurt Roper from Duke to revamp a unit that scored 18.8 points per game - last in the SEC.

Muschamp also said he would put Driskel back in the shotgun formation, which is what he was when he was recruiting to Florida.

" I think this offense fits him better, as opposed to maybe what we were doing before," Muschamp told reporters. "To utilize his athleticism in space, and some of the things that he's able to do athletically, I think is going to benefit him, and benefit us."

Florida returns seven starters on both the offensive and defensive sides.

The Gators open the season Aug. 30 at home against Idaho.

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