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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Whether he's screaming from the sideline or punching a white board in the locker room, Florida's Will Muschamp knows defense.

It's what he played.

It's what he coached.

It's what the Gators have done best during his tenure.

Often overshadowed by a woeful offense, Florida's defense has set a pretty high standard during Muschamp's first three seasons in Gainesville. The Gators have ranked no lower than eighth nationally in total defense, giving up less than 300 yards a game with Muschamp in charge.

And despite losing the team's best pass rusher and several starters in the secondary, Florida expects to be defensively stout again this season.

Muschamp says, "We'll play well. We have the key ingredients of what you want. Now we got to go do it. Talk is cheap."

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