Gators interim head coach Randy Shannon is taking the reigns after a dramatic weekend for Florida’s football program.
On Monday, Shannon discussed his goals for the remaining four games, and how he plans to refocus the team after the departure of Jim McElwain. Here are three takeaways from his first press conference:
Expect competition at Quarterback
Shannon believes that competition makes everyone stronger. He made it clear that he is reopening the quarterback battle between redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and fifth-year senior Malik Zaire.
“When guys have competition, it tends to bring the best out of everybody,” Shannon said. “We’re going to judge those guys on what they do in practice, and how they compete— how they get the offensive going, how they get the offense moving.”
Franks has started six of seven games this season but had his share of problems in Saturday’s 42-7 loss to Georgia. Franks finished the day completing 7 of 19 passes for 30 yards and an interception.
He was pulled in the fourth quarter for backup Malik Zaire, who was a little more effective. When asked about the possibility of Zaire starting Saturday against Missouri, Shannon reiterated that he would make a decision based on how effective they were in practice.
“It depends on who does the best in practice,” Shannon said. “The one thing is when you compete, you are going to be up or you are going to be down. When you make guys competitive in practice, you really find out what you are going to get at game time.”
2) Adjustments to Coaching Staff
Shannon announced that defensive line coach Chris Rumph is taking over as defensive coordinator, Shannon’s previous position under Jim McElwain.
Defensive quality control assistant Robb Akey is now the defensive line coach.
3) Offensive Changes
Shannon didn’t provide much detail on the changes we’ll see on offense, but fans can expect to see adjustments on Saturday.
“When you have a defensive coach seeing things from how to attack you, you can learn a lot from that,” Shannon said.