Cummings is at the right place

Maybe now more than ever, junior college transfer Darious Cummings is in the right place to play. After originally signing with and playing briefly with Florida State, Cummings left the program and landed at East Mississippi CC where he earned All-American honors as a soph last year. With starter Dominique Easley out for the year, it appears that Cummings has certainly landed at the right place.

Darious Cummings got off to an auspicious start to his career at Florida. The junior from Titusville was suspended from the first game of the season for breaking team rules.

After a solid spring and fall camp Cummings was expected to contribute big to the Gators. It took until the third game of the season, but he had one huge play against Tennessee that will be forever ingrained in the minds of gator fans. After a ball slipped from quarterback Nathan Peterman's hands on a pass, Cummings was able to snare it from the air and rumble 20 yards down field, putting the Gators in scoring position before the end of the first half.

Suddenly, it feels like home for Cummings.

"Taking nothing away from Florida State, this is a better place for me and I'm happier here," he said when asked to compare his time here and in Tallahassee. "The opportunity is greater here and the resources here are second to none. I have a great coaching staff and everybody's putting me in the right position to do what I need to do."

He certainly didn't take the route of a regular college football player, and isn't quite sure why it worked out this way. he totally believes it is all for the better.

"I don't think it was in God's plan for me to come up here then," referring to not signing with the Gators out of high school. "Everything's happened for a reason. I just feel like God put me in that path, it was the right choice and it happened in the right time."

Cummings isn't exactly your normal cat on the field. With his body made to play along the line of scrimmage, he isn't afraid to show off his mid-section. He rolls his jersey up showing the world what he is made of.

"I'm free, I don't care," he said with a smile. "I like to have my own type of thing and that's something that I do. It's something that I'm going to continue to do because, like I said, I'm my own player. Some people think that it's only for skill positions but I'm letting them know we can do it too."

Florida lost defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Dan Quinn to the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason. In his place coaching the trenches head coach Will Muschamp signed Brad Lawing who was coaching the defensive line at South Carolina a year ago. Lawing is a bit of a gruff personality and speaks his mind. Cummings seems to think it is the perfect match.

"He expects perfection, you know?," Cumming told the media on Tuesday. "And if you can't get it perfect he expects you to go 100%. He tells us to play hard and play fast and don't worry about anything and that's the type of coach you wanna play for. That's one of the reasons why I came in."

According to Cummings Muschamp is all about having fun. So far the defense is living in the backfield of the opponent and just making life miserable for them. That in turn is fun for the Gators.

"That's what you gotta do," Cumming said about having fun. "That's what he preaches. He says go out there, have fun and make plays. Coach Muschamp isn't a real strict coach about anything like that, he just wants us to have fun and like D(Dominique Easley) said, we just have fun, and we make it fun. It's a business but it's also something fun. We love football so why not make it fun?"

The Gators travel to Kentucky this week and they will have a lot to think about before getting there. They lost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for the season in the game on Saturday and lost Easley for the season Tuesday when he injured his knee in practice.

The Gators have a lot going on and the thought of continuing a current 26 game winning streak against the Wildcats.

"It's going to be a tough task but we'll be up for the challenge," he said. "He didn't mention to us anything about the streak. He said that in Kentucky there is going to be a lot of hype for this game. We don't need to have any slip-ups or anything like that to go in and be that team they beat in their home stadium."

"It's an SEC game so we get up for it anyway. Every ballgame in the SEC is a big game so it's something that we look forward to. We have eight straight weeks of that."

"It wouldn't be a good feeling," he said about being the team to snap the streak. "But we're preparing for that this week so that won't happen."

The Wildcats come in with a two-headed attack at quarterback. Sophomore Maxwell Smith has thrown 544 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the three games the Wildcats have played. Sophomore Jaylen Whitlow mixes the run and the pass and has 286 yards passing with a touchdown pass and an interception. He has also rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

"They have two quarterbacks," Cummings said. "They have a dual-threat quarterback and sort of like a pocket passer. We just have to prepare for that as best we can. That's really the only thing that really concerns us.

"We have a great defensive staff this going to prepare us for that. So whenever they switch out we're going to have alerts for that and signals for that, just to be able to control that. I know they're probably going to go up tempo, so we have to be able to control that as much as we can."

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