Muschamp Says Poor 2013 is Motivation for 2014

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Gainesville, FL---The Florida Gators will hit the practice field for the first time in their fall season Monday, looking to turn an embarrassing 2013 into a promising 2014.

Sunday served as media day for the program, where head coach Will Muschamp and his players got to share their thoughts and excitement for a fresh start with a new season on the horizon.

Coach discussed what he and the team have worked to improve upon during the offseason and what type of winning culture they want to be the norm within each player.

" We've got to take care of the ball," says Muschamp. "That's the number one thing as far as our team goals are concerned. Discipline and playing smart situational football. We break up all practices and different things we're trying to emphasize for our guys to understand those things and penalties involved with that and playing with discipline. To continue to develop a blue-collar, over-achieving attitude within our program. We've got good enough players, we continue to do those things, we'll be fine."

Muschamp was able to talk about how the 4-8 embarrassment the program suffered through a year ago served as motivation in the spring and summer, but is not behind the Gators yet.

"I addressed our team about our preparation, about our attitude, about our embracing adversity, having a competitive edge every day. To stick your head in the sand and pretend it was all injuries, that's not right. You will fool yourself if you believe that. We addressed a lot of those things in the off season and moving forward. We're getting ready to get started with the 2014 Florida football team."

The team will hold eight open practices for their fans in Gainesville this August, the first coming Thursday.

FSU opens camp Monday, too.