With good reason.
Upchurch had just helped his Cougars (2-1) to a 41-25 victory over city rival Leon at Gene Cox Stadium Friday night.
Upchurch, who entered as the Big Bend's leading rusher with 410 yards, eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the second time in three games with 230 yards on 31 carries against the Lion.
Upchurch also added a pair of rushing touchdowns, pushing his season total to six.
After receiving a scholarship offer from nearby Florida State a little more than two weeks ago, Upchurch had the opportunity to play in front of FSU running backs coach Billy Sexton.
Upchurch, who also said he thought Jeff Bowden attended the game, said he had a nice conversation with the Seminoles' offensive coordinator on Thursday.
"I just wanted to play my game tonight," Upchurch said.
Upchurch turned in a stellar performance despite not practicing for two days this due to Hurricane Ivan. Area students did not have class on Thursday as Ivan slammed into the Gulf Coast earlier that morning.
"It showed. I am dead. The team is dead,"Upchurch said and smiled. "We snuck one by and now we need to work harder next week."
Upchurch, who grew up a fan of the Miami Hurricanes, lists the Seminoles among his favorites, along with Alabama and Auburn. He said he also has received offers from Florida, Central Florida, North Carolina and Syracuse.