HOOVER, Ala. – Before the 2012 season when running back Mike Gillislee rushed for 1,152 yards, the Florida Gators hadn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2003.
Head coach Will Muschamp promised it wouldn’t take nine years for another.
"That's not going to be the exception any more at Florida," said Muschamp on Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. "That's going to be the norm."
Muschamp said it’s a “personal preference” to choose to be a physical football team that features a power run game instead using of a lot of no-huddle schemes. It also may be a matter of geography.
Florida is a very rich high-school football state, arguably the best in the country. Muschamp feels the style being played in high schools across Florida transitions well to his style with the Gators.
"I think at the University of Florida we're going to be able to recruit student-athletes that can line up and play our style," said Muschamp. "I do think at some schools they're going to have a harder time finding that type of back and that type of offensive line."
Two of the three running backs expected to get the majority of time running the football this season for the Gators are from Florida with Matt Jones (Armwood High School, Seffner, Fla.) expected to lead the way. Mack Brown (Martin Luther King High School, Lithonia, Ga.) and Kelvin Taylor (Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.) will round out the trio.