Florida Using 2011 Struggles as Motivation This Season

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Those painful memories of last season, haunting images of a 7-6 season, are still vivid at Florida.

Coach Will Muschamp wants it that way.

The 23rd-ranked Gators would like to purge most of what happened in 2011: four consecutive losses in October, a horrible showing against Furman and a bitter defeat to archrival Florida State. But they can't. And Muschamp won't let them.

Tight end/fullback Trey Burton says, "You've always got to keep that in the back of your mind and strive for it to not happen again. ... Last year was pretty embarrassing."

The Gators ended Muschamp's first season with a victory against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl, providing some solace while avoiding the program's first losing season since 1979.

Florida opens the season against Bowling Green Saturday.

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