Monday players notebook

Jaylen Watkins:

Tyler Murphy:

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.”

On 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.
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Richard Johnson
Richard lives in Gainesville and prides himself in being a bonafide lifelong Alachua County Resident. He attends the University of Florida and is in his third year studying Telecommunications. He isn’t sure how he started loving football being the son of two immigrants that don’t care about the sport, but he has developed a borderline unhealthy obsession with it. In his free time, Richard watches other sports and is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Tampa Bay Rays. He doesn’t like chocolate, knows Moe’s is better than Chipotle and drinks way too many Arnold Palmers. He also took up golf in the summer of 2012. That pursuit isn’t going well. You can listen to him talk about sports during the Cheapseats radio show on ESPN 850-WRUF or online at Follow him on Twitter at @RagjUF.