Seven Big Wins

The Florida Gators won seven conference games for only the twelfth time in their history on Saturday. A year ago they won seven total games. Most thought Florida would be better this year than last, but not many predicted they would win seven games in the nation's toughest conference. It is an achievement to be proud of and one this group wants to grow from.

Florida senior middle linebacker Jon Bostic has been around for a lot of Florida football. Bostic had a big interception in Saturday's win over Missouri and he is currently second on the team in tackles, first in sacks, and having a really good senior season. Bostic understands the significance of the seven biggest wins on the schedule so far.

"That is big for us, especially going 7-1 in this conference… that's tough," Bostic said shortly after the Gators dispatched of Missouri 14-7 in The Swamp Saturday. "Anybody can beat anybody on a given day (in the conference), so you have to bring you're a-Game every week."

Junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is also having a huge year for a defense that very well may be the best in the best conference. He leads the team in tackles for loss with 10.5 on the season and has been a constant force in the backfield all season including Saturday.

Floyd wears the chip on his shoulder still from all those that doubted this team before the season started and even into the first game or two. Floyd believes the chemistry on the team is what has made a difference this season.

"Starting the year off, nobody believed in us but us," he said. "At the end of the day we know we still have each other. As long as there is a game on the schedule we are going to play it. No matter how the dominoes fall we will play whoever comes to play us."

The Florida offense has had its struggles, but just like most games this season found a way to get it done in the second half on Saturday. One key play was a 36-yard touchdown run by Omarius Hines that was perfectly blocked on the edge and then Hines turned on the jets for the touchdown. Hines likes all the wins, but is prepared to do better.

"7-1 is good, but we still have work to do and a little ways to go," he said. "We made a few mistakes early in the game. We came in in the second half and talked about what we messed up and we did better in the second."

Hines agrees that the makeup of the team is what has allowed them to maintain focus during games when they so often have been behind.

"The chemistry has been developing since after the season last year," he said. "We came together as one. Everyone plays for each other and we love each other right now."

The Gators will be heavily favored in their next two games against non-conference opponents. The program has only 13 seasons total with 10 wins or more. If the gators can get to 11 wins on the season with a victory over all three of their remaining scheduled opponents, they would be in the company of only six other former Gator squads.

There is still more to play for and this squad seems destined to do that.

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