Spikes Staying Focused on Next Game

Once again, the Florida defense completely dominated their opponent. The Vanderbilt offense has been struggling, but the Gators held the Commodores to just 264 total yards and held them to just 5-of-14 on third down conversions. Middle linebacker Brandon Spikes led the Gators with seven tackles, including two for a loss.

"We just feel like if we've done it before, we can do it again," Spikes said after Florida's win over Vandy. "We just prepare throughout the whole week and come out and play hard. I think that's what we've been doing a great job of."

Head coach Urban Meyer talks about the maturity and professional attitude that Florida brings day in and day out. Spikes said that's one of the reasons for the success over the last five games.

"We knew what we could do," Spikes said. "We knew we were capable because we have the talent. We just had to take the next step and that's work hard every day and coming to the facilities ready to play the game. I think we've been doing a great job of that. The younger guys are getting some extra film in and getting treatment. You can just tell they want to do it the right way."

Since Florida's loss to Ole Miss, they're allowing just fewer than 12 points a game.

"When we got beat by Ole Miss it kind of opened our eyes," Spikes said. "We were taking things for granted. We had to come out and play the game the way it was supposed to be played."

And with their fifth straight SEC win, the Gators clinch a spot in Atlanta and a chance at the SEC Championship. But, Spikes said they still have some business to take care of before then.

"I think it's a great accomplishment, but we still have South Carolina next week," Spikes said. "We've been focusing on one game, and we have to beat South Carolina next week. There was some celebration, but we just expected to come out and win. We just need to focus on South Carolina right now."

After the game, Spikes was well aware of Penn State's loss and the chance Florida now has at a national title chance. But still, he remains focused on the next task.

"We're in the driver's seat," he said. "We just have to take care of business week in and week out. I didn't pay too much attention. We have to take one game at a time."


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