FLORIDA FOOTBALL & RECRUITING COVERAGE
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- Mullen 30 Game Report Card: On par with Spurrier, coming up short of Meyer
- Where are they Now: Shane Matthews talks going 3-0 against UGA
- WCC: Georgia injury update
- Mullen reprimanded, fined for halftime incident
- Florida Football 3-2-1: Campbell’s return made an impact
- Recruit Reaction: I loved it, especially Coach Mullen
- These Gators won’t back down
Five Gators players met with the media after practice on Wednesday night to discuss the team’s preparations for this weekend’s monster showdown with Georgia.
Here are the highlights from each player.
Quarterback Kyle Trask
- They made mental mistakes at the beginning of last year's game, which led to them scoring just three points through three quarters. "If we just clean that up, we'll be all right."
- The Gators play with a lot of energy no matter who they're playing. The fight against Missouri created some additional energy, and now they have momentum entering Georgia week.
- Georgia is a very talented and well-coached team. He thinks they match up well and have a great game plan, however.
- Throwing four or more touchdowns in every game this season is a reflection of how talented and deep they are at the skill positions and how well they’ve executed as a unit.
- They try to treat every week the same with their preparation. There is some added energy in the building because it's Georgia, however.
- They did a great job of trying to recover as much as they could without having an off day on Sunday. They're fresh and ready to go on Saturday.
- Dan Mullen always does a great job of getting them fired up in important situations, and that's why they play with so much juice.
Wide Receiver Trevon Grimes
- The halftime fight showed that they have each other's backs, and he feels like that lit a fire under everybody. He thinks that'll carry over to this game. They're very excited to show the world that they're the best team in the country.
- He believes Trask needs to be first in the Heisman race. He's playing with a confidence that he hasn't seen before.
- They’ve always known that Kadarius Toney was one of the top playmakers in the country; it was just a matter of time before the outside world found out.
- This is a very fun game to play in, and it’s his favorite rivalry game. They all know that to become a champion, they've got to go through Georgia. This is the next step.
- One of the biggest things that he worked on this offseason was not getting down on himself when he makes mistakes. He thinks he's more mature now and has also improved his route-running when he's tired.
Cornerback Kaiir Elam
- The defensive turnaround started in practice. They ran to the ball harder and communicated better against Missouri and played with a lot of confidence.
- Rashad Torrence, Brad Stewart and Tre'Vez Johnson did a great job of communicating and playing physical. That was a product of a strong week of practice.
- He's "really, really looking forward to this game." Georgia is a balanced offense with a strong offensive line. They've just got to play their keys and not get lulled to sleep by UGA's running game.
- He doesn’t think he’s played his best yet this season. He thinks he can create more turnovers and be a better leader for the defense.
- He watches a lot of film on his opponents. He prepares for everything an offense might throw at him.
- He treats every game like a big game, and he's looking forward to playing this game. He picked Florida over Georgia as a recruit because UF had the most pros and the least cons, and he liked Mullen.
Cornerback Jaydon Hill
- Over the last year, he's improved the most in the film room to learn how offenses are trying to attack him. Practice is very competitive, and they face a lot of different schemes, which helps them as a defense.
- He feels like they were already fired up after the two-week layoff; they didn't need extra energy from the fight. He likes how Mullen has his players' backs, which is something he learned when Mullen let him sign with UF after his ACL injury in high school.
- He's excited to play in his first Florida-Georgia game. You never want to be too high or too low. He tries to stay even-keeled.
Tight end Kyle Pitts
- This game is always fun because it comes down to the wire each year. Georgia coach Kirby Smart does a good job of making adjustments and calling timeouts to prevent mismatches.
- Toney has become a leader on the offense. "He's one of a kind because he just does things that other people can't do."
- He thinks that they haven't peaked as an offense yet. They can still be more consistent with the small details.
- Alabama did a good job of spreading the ball around and making plays down the field against the Bulldogs. That's how you attack this defense.
- Trask is going to shock a lot of people and win the Heisman Trophy this year. He's playing very consistently and improving from one week to the next.
- He doesn't pay attention to what people are saying about him as far as his draft stock. It's nice knowing that his NFL dream is coming true, however.