"Black Magic" Could Be a Factor

No, this isn't New Orleans and the Gypsy Queen has not put a spell on the Oklahoma Sooners, but that doesn't mean the visitors from the Midwest won't have to cope with some "Black Magic" on the Gators' side. Ahmad Black carries that nickname and a remarkable sophomore season into Thursday night's BCS Title Game.

Black leads the Gators with six interceptions and is Florida's fourth-leading tackler with 54. Not bad for a guy who was a backup corner last year and saw most of his playing time on special teams.

I had a sit down with Ahmad which is when I learned about his nickname.

LV: Ahmad, you have gone from a guy who played just a little to a man with six interceptions and a starter in the BCS Title Game. Has this season been ore than you could have hoped for?

AB: It was a great season, and I think it was great to do as well as I did. I was going to go out there and be a role player and do my assignment like coach always says and just be there for the defense and don't mess up. The defense had a great season and I had a great season but I owe it to the front seven. If not for them nothing would be possible in the back end.

LV: Not only have you had a big year, but the entire Gator pass defense is much better than it was a year ago. The Gators have intercepted 24 passes this year. Talk about the improvement back there.

AB: Well Major (Wright) has a year under his belt so he's ball of a ball hawk and we know he can hit. I think we have the two best tackling corners anybody's ever seen with Joe (Haden) and Janoris (Jenkins). They get to the ball as well as any of us do. Coach Heater and Coach Bedford have really coached us up on the back end.

LV: Do you look at Janoris as a true freshman and think about how good he might be?

AB: Yeah I look at him all the time. There's not too many freshmen out there like him. He's really talented. He just needs to keep working hard every day.

LV: Who gave you the nickname "Black Magic"?

AB: Coach Bedford. He gave it to me after a couple of my interceptions and said I'm always in the right spot so he called me "Black Magic".

LV: Well, Black Magic you have to face an offense that scored over 700 points this season. What do you think about Oklahoma?

AB: Great offense. They have great personnel. They have great receivers, a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback and a great running back. We just have to go out there and play the way we're capable of playing and get it done.

LV: Is it all intimidating to play a team that has scored over 700 points?

AB: No, because I know what our defense is capable of doing. We have one of the best defenses in the nation and if we go out there and play the way we're supposed to play we can stop it.

Something has to give in this one. Oklahoma has scored 35 or points in every game. Florida has not allowed 35 points in any game. Oklahoma leads the nation scoring 54 points a game. Florida is No. 5 in the country allowing just 12.8 points a game. Oklahoma gains 562 yards an outing, Florida opponents gain less than half that (279).

This is the final interview we've been able to bring you courtesy of our friends and my colleagues at Sun Sports TV/Fox Sports Florida. These interviews took place two weeks ago as the Gators were just beginning their preparations for the BCS Title Game with Oklahoma, but still provide some insight into what some Florida players are thinking and doing.

There interviews provided some of the content for the Gators' BCS Bowl Game Special on Fox Sports Florida. If you haven't seen it the show will air again on Monday, Jan 5 (6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.) and Thursday, Jan 8 (2:30 p.m., 7 p.m.). I hope you will try to find a time that they can watch and enjoy it.


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