Hunter playing his best heading into Georgia

Omar Hunter's high school goal posts are rooted less than 50 miles from Georgia's Sanford Stadium. But the Buford, Ga. native said he's never been a Bulldog fan. Hunter has logged nearly five years beneath a Gators jersey and squaring up against his home state's glory team. Saturday, the senior will tackle the Georgia squad for the last time — a journey he said has gone by fast.

"It's crazy, man," Omar Hunter said. "I never thought I'd be right here right now talking about my last Florida-Georgia game." Since he first suited up for Florida in '08, the defensive tackle has watched his team top Georgia three times and fall to them merely once — last season.

The 20-24 loss that ended when he and his defense were on the field for play is something Hunter described as "disappointment" and "heartbreak."

"If we would have stopped them, we would've had a little bit of time for the offense to get the ball back and come up with a drive," Hunter said. "But not being able to stop that run in that situation, it really hurt."

However in the orange and blue's drop against the Dawgs last year, Hunter posted a career moment — the first quarterback sack of his career at Florida.

Hunter, a Buford High School alum, said everybody always asks him for tickets to the Georgia game, and this year is no different. He has a lot of family members rolling into Jacksonville for his final UGA contest, he said.

Though the magnitude of this game is special for Hunter, he and his coaches said the senior isn't preparing for Georgia any differently.

"I think all the guys know how important it is, but Omar — to his credit — has done a really good job of preparing week in and week out—on film, doing the things necessary to do," defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. "I've always been impressed of the way he has prepared and I don't sense any different from this one knowing he's from there."

So far this season, Hunter's preparation has shone through in his seven games played, as he is sixth on Florida's defensive leaders list with eight unassisted tackles and 17 assisted.

In the South Carolina victory last weekend, a game in which Hunter captained, the senior racked up two unassisted tackles.

Coach Will Muschamp commended on Hunter's performance and said he's having an outstanding senior season.

"He's really playing his best football in our two years here, and really since he's been here," Muschamp said. "(I have) a lot of confidence in how he's playing, but a lot of that goes to our offseason program. He accepted the challenges in front of him and he certainly has capitalized."


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