Gators vs Vols, everything it’s quacked up to be

The Gators are days away from their first road game of the season at Tennessee.  The rivalry continues to be a hot one despite 11 straight wins for the Gators and maybe more so with the last two contests being decided by just a point. The players, well they are into the rivalry as much as anyone.

Florida junior cornerback Quincy Wilson came rolling in with fellow corner Jalen Tabor and safety Marcus Maye at Tuesday’s media session announcing “Ducks can’t pull trucks.”

“Nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck,” Wilson said. “Florida Gators are going to win, simple as that.  That’s it on that. Any other questions?”

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 Wilson’s message to Tennessee may be all fun and games, but there is no denying the confidence they have in themselves and their teammates with regard to the matchup of the two Top 25 teams. . 

Different pieces of the puzzle may have been missing in past seasons, such as not having a kicker or a quarterback, but regardless they still got the job done.  With many more of those pieces coming together this year, Wilson said he has no doubts about coming away with a victory if everyone does their job. 

“I know the type of players that we have on our team.  I know what everybody can do, what we show in practice, how hard we go, and I know that we can’t be stopped.”

In past games, Tennessee probably thought they had it in the bag; especially last year when the Gators grabbed a touchdown with a minute 30 left on the clock and they missed a 55-yard field goal with :03 left on the clock to fall short to Florida 27-28.

“Execution,” Wilson said.  “It’s not about how you start.  Tennessee started out (well) but it’s all about how you finish.  We were able to make adjustments last year and fix things and execute them and come out with a win.”

This rivalry has brought huge social media wars, as expected.  Most notably, a Tennessee student made a GoFundMe page for quarterback Austin Appleby’s funeral.  It’s heated.  Some players choose to partake and some want to completely turn the notifications off their phones.  This type of rage carries on into Neyland Stadium and the fan base will be another aspect of the game. 

“It’s big, it’s loud, and it’s everything you want” Wilson said.  “It’s what you come to Florida to play in…makes you want to go in, make plays, and shut up the crowd. 

Wilson said the crowd would not make a difference in the preparation for the game.  To the Gators, they are just preparing for another game on the schedule with nothing special.  He’s ready to just get on the road and prove the doubters wrong.

“People say we haven’t played anybody, but Saturday will be the first real test,” Wilson said.  “Yeah, we’re going to go out there and play Gator football and win.”


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