5 Questions With … Florida’s Trevon Grimes

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Florida wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) celebrates his touchdown reception with fellow wide receiver Van Jefferson (12) in the first half last Saturday against LSU in Baton Rouge, La.. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Florida junior wide receiver:

Q: How can UF’s deep WR corps take advantage of South Carolina’s talented secondary?

A: It’s to our strength. We have a lot of phenomenal wide receivers, so we can rotate a lot and always have a fresh wide receiver in. When rotating, we just get guys to play at the maximum level, so if I’m in for a series and I’m exhausted and I can’t go in, we have another player who is just as good or even better come in and put that pressure on a defense that may not have that much depth in their secondary.

Q: What have you seen from South Carolina defense?

A: They have a couple good corners. I think No. 24 (Israel Mukuamu) had three picks against Georgia. We know he’s good, but we go against good corners every day in practice, so we’re not too worried. We’re just going to go out there, play our best game, and come out victorious.

Q: Did you guys watch the end of South Carolina/Georgia game last Saturday?

A: Yeah, we did, we were watching it in the hotel room. After that missed field goal, we all ran into the hallways, it was kind of like, ‘Woo, woo,’ and it’s back to work, so, back to work.

Q: Growing up in Florida, you saw some bad Gator offenses. What has Dan Mullen done to change that?

A: He’s incorporated running and passing and he likes to get his receivers the ball, and he also likes to get his running backs the ball. It’s kind of a mixture and I would like to say he’s not stingy, he moves the ball around, he gives everybody opportunities. He’s a quarterback guru. Having a smart coach like that is phenomenal when he knows what to do. There’s times at practice and he’ll call out exactly what’s going to happen and he’ll say touchdown Van or touchdown Pitts, and it will happen. Having a smart coach like that is always good when you’re playing for him.

Q: Are you guys redefining Florida’s offense?

A: Yeah, most definitely. The LSU game I feel like we had one of our best offensive performances of the year. It was a tough environment, but we came out and did what we did, we executed. We left some pieces out there, defensively, offensively, but that was a big step for this offense.