Christian Siezes Opportunity

Wildcat running back, Josh Clemons fumbled the ball early in the first quarter giving the Gators excellent field position going into their third drive of the game. On the next play, John Brantley found Gerald Christian across the middle for a 45-yard touchdown pass to give the Gators their first score of the game and the momentum as they continued to roll up and down the field.

But for Gator tight end, Gerald Christian it wasn't just another touchdown, it was the first of his Gator career and one that he will remember for a long time.

"It's been awhile, the last time was in high school." Christian said. "It was one of those scripted plays. I knew there was gonna be a chance and I knew I had to take the opportunity and make the best of it."

There is no doubt the Florida running game is credited with the success of the Gator offense so far this season, but Christian says he knew the play book would open up sooner or later.

"I knew it was going to open up." Christian said. "Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps are big playmakers and they always are going to do what they do. But I feel like as it goes down more teams are going to be on them, we have other players that are good too and it will open up everybody else, that's why I never complained about it."

Freshman QB, Jeff Driskel recorded several snaps in Saturday's victory after a hard hit forced John Brantley to take a visit to the locker room just before the half. Even with the health of his starting quarterback unknown, Christian says he took comfort knowing Driskel was running the same offense as Brantley.

"All the quarterbacks take reps at the same place so there is not one quarterback that does something different," Christian said. "All of them run the same offense and I feel like any of them can go in there because they know what it is and can run the offense."

After Saturday's victory, the Gators extended their perfect record to 4-0, but they continue to look ahead as they welcome Alabama to the Swamp on Saturday. The Gators are scheduled to face three top ten opponents in back to back weeks for the first time in school history, but Christian says he feels good about where they are now.

"I feel good but I feel like there's always things needed to be improved but I feel like we have a tough game going into next week and we have to take this week of practice and just get better and better," Christian said.

After the game, Christian said if they can take anything from the convincing 48-10 victory, it would be to continue to shut their opponent out. "Tonight, I know we jumped out to quick start but then we were a little shaky there," Christian said. "I think when we get on top of a team and get a lead we need to work on not letting them back in the game and just shutting them in."

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