Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy and defensive back Jaylen Watkins met with the media today to recap a disappointing 17-6 loss at the hands of the LSU Tigers and look forward to this weekend’s matchup against the Missouri Tigers.
On the team’s mood after the game
- Murphy says the players were disappointed and on the plane ride home were talking about what could have been done better as a team.
- Watkins thinks the team will be fine, but his experience tells him there are things to work on.
On lessons learned from LSU
- Murphy knows the Gators need to get back to basics and work on fundamentals and says they must watch film and correct things because they need to be more consistent and create more explosive plays.
We didn’t do a good job of stopping the run, so I guess they didn’t put the ball in the air as much as they did the last few weeks,” Watkins said. “I wouldn’t even say that we stopped their pass. I guess they felt like they didn’t have to throw the ball. I can’t really say if we did a good job of stopping the pass.”
On still being in control of their own destiny
- Watkins said that while the LSU loss is disappointing, the Gators still have everything they want to accomplish in front of them: winning the SEC East and getting to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.
A lot of people brought up that we can still win the East,” Murphy said. “We still have a chance to get to Atlanta. That’s our No. 1 goal. We just really have to focus in and have a great week of practice and really get ready to go on the road and put forth a great effort to beat Missouri.”
- Watkins says Florida is not overlooking the Tigers. The Gators know that Mizzou poses a tough test and remembers how close the game was last year. He says the secondary must be prepared.
- Murphy thinks the pass blocking will really have to be dialed in and pay attention because Missouri can bring multiple pressure looks. The wide receivers will need to be on point in their route running.