Gators are in it together

Since the start of the season, Florida has preached the idea of family. Players don sweats about unity and have sung the mantra, "Florida never breaks." On Saturday, UF is facing a loss for the first time this season after losing to Georgia. While the game was bursting with moments of what-could-have-been, the Gators fingers are remaining fisted — ceased from pointing.

Florida junior guard Jon Halapio said this is what separates this year's team from last.

"We're actually pulling together during this adversity," Halapio, a team captain Saturday, said. "We're not pointing fingers at each other."

It'd be easy to wag fingers at Jordan Reed's fumble in the fourth quarter. It'd be easy to chalk up the loss to leader of the offense and quarterback Jeff Driskel — who was sacked five times.

But one play doesn't win a football game and one player doesn't lose a football game.

Though Reed was broadcast on the sidelines with tears on the brim of his eyes, Halapio said his teammate wasn't alone to feel the pain of defeat. Everybody had tears in their eyes, he said.

Teammate and nose tackle Omar Hunter was quick to defend Reed, too.

"Even if he had held onto the ball, you can't predict what would have happened," Hunter said. "We're all behind him."

Collectively, Florida fumbled six times against Georgia. But it was a different No. 6 that had coach Will Muschamp stunned come post-game: six turnovers.

"That's tough to overcome," Muschamp said. While Saturday is said and done, the four regular-season contests looming ahead are the next feats on the field's stage Florida is posed to overcome.

The Gators have proven how they handle wins, how they handle victorie after entering Saturday 7-0 and 3-0 against ranked teams all while sitting a-top a No. 3 national ranking itself.

But it's now, Muschamp said, that UF will be tested. He confronted his players with this in the locker room following the loss.

"You've won well together," he said in the locker room. "Now, we'll figure out how we handle adversity as a football team."


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