Something has to change for a languishing Florida offense, and perhaps this is one part of those efforts: The Gators will start freshman Kelvin Taylor on Saturday against Georgia.
Taylor, the son of longtime NFL back Fred Taylor, has only appeared in four games this season for the 4-3 Gators. On 28 carries, Taylor’s gained 172 yards with a touchdown.
He’s come on strong in Florida’s last two games — both losses — gaining 126 yards on 22 carries. Muschamp admitted Taylor wasn’t used enough in those defeats.
Muschamp, too, defended his coaching staff last week, specifically offensive coordinator Brent Pease (via the Miami Herald):
“This is the same staff that came a game away from playing for [the] national championship, OK?” Muschamp said. “Obviously, we’re not where we want to be right now, and nobody knows that more than our staff.
“So we need to go back and reevaluate what we’re doing and continue to improve our football team over the next five weeks.”