GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Randy Shannon is shaking issues up as Florida’s interim coach.
The previous Miami coach changed Jim McElwain on Monday and wanted lower than a day to make adjustments.
Shannon opened up the quarterback job, primarily giving former Notre Dame starter Malik Zaire an opportunity to compete with struggling incumbent Feleipe Franks. He promoted line of defense coach Chris Rumph to defensive coordinator and elevated former Idaho head coach Robb Akey from high quality management badistant to line of defense coach.
Florida will likely be with out main rusher Malik Davis for the remainder of the season after Davis injured his proper knee Saturday towards Georgia.
Jim McElwain and Florida have parted methods a day after the Gators had been dismantled by Georgia and after per week wherein the coach made unsubstantiated claims that he and gamers had acquired loss of life threats, a supply instructed ESPN.
He additionally tweaked elements of observe and stated there can be an elevated emphasis on particular groups, an space the Gators have been inconsistent on all season.
“I do not have a look at it as an audition,” Shannon stated. “I simply suppose the chance to teach and have enjoyable with a bunch of fellows, the student-athletes that you’ve an opportunity to be with. … We have to go on the market as a complete workforce and unit and training workers and have enjoyable with these guys, be very enthusiastic, be very optimistic and no matter occurs within the recreation early, we have got to climate the storm.
“And on the finish of the day, that is the one factor that issues, what occurred on the finish of the sport.”
Florida and McElwain parted methods Sunday after two-plus tenuous seasons and a tumultuous week that ended with a 3rd consecutive loss.
Athletic director Scott Stricklin requested Shannon to take over, understanding he would make changes that would spark the Gators (Three-Four, Three-Three Southeastern Convention) down the stretch. Florida performs at Missouri (Three-5, Zero-Four) on Saturday.
One factor Shannon did not do was make radical changes to a lackluster offense that ranks 112th within the nation. He even caught with embattled coordinator Doug Nussmeier as play-caller.
“You possibly can’t wholesale all the pieces,” Shannon stated. “Coach Mac left an important basis for us. Now we have simply bought to construct on it. We will do sure issues in observe which might be perhaps just a little bit totally different. … It’s important to change one thing or it turns into stagnant. We can’t be stagnant. We’ll change some issues that we really feel are finest for us.”
Shannon determined to surrender management of the protection.
“As a head coach, I’ve bought to have the ability to multitask on offense, protection, particular groups,” he stated.
Nobody can be stunned to see Shannon swap to Zaire at quarterback.
Franks has been benched in three of his six begins. He has accomplished 60 % of his pbades for 830 yards, with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He has been sacked 19 occasions, together with 5 in every of the final three video games.
Zaire, a graduate switch, has accomplished 12 of 23 pbades for 142 yards in two mop-up appearances.
“You all the time need the man that is up, the man that is going to carry the power, the man that is going to carry the operation, the issues that can make you win video games,” Shannon stated. “That is why being aggressive, when you can also make guys compete in observe, you are actually going to seek out out what you are going to get within the recreation.”
The Gators hope to get extra with Shannon in cost.
However what he does throughout his four-game stint as interim coach may not matter in Florida’s teaching search. Shannon stated that is effective with him. He did not even discuss to Stricklin about being the workforce’s subsequent everlasting coach.
“The perfect job I’ve ever had is the job I’ve proper now as a result of it is the one job,” Shannon stated. “A variety of occasions in teaching, guys strive to consider the subsequent job as a substitute of the most effective job they’ve that is the one they’ve now.”