Notebook: Fired-up Gators out to finish home schedule undefeated

Florida defensive end Jonathan Greenard (58) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown after recovering a fumble against Vanderbilt at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Nov. 9. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

 It’s been a difficult season for Florida State, but the Seminoles are getting no sympathy from the Gators, who went through a coaching change of their own two years ago. 

 Senior defensive end/outside linebacker Jon Greenard said the talk among the players in the locker room this week has been they’re going to take it to the underdog Seminoles.

 “We’ve got to beat the heck out these boys,” Greenard said. “That’s our whole mindset. It’s nothing else as far as worrying about bowl game or after the game, getting rest. Our mindset is to beat the heck out of them. They’re going to think the same thing. I hope they think the same thing. But that’s how we’re coming.

 “If they win this game, it doesn’t matter what they’ve done all year. They’re just going to basically take a W for the season. We’re going to go out there with the same mentality. We’re going to continue to impose our will and make sure they feel us.”

Lots of FSU no-shows

 Florida State fans are going to be more outnumbered than usual in The Swamp on Saturday.

 Of the 6,000 tickets allotted to FSU, the school has returned more than half, 3,200, to UF. Those tickets have been available through UF, which means Gator fans probably scooping them up.

State champs?

 If the Gators win Saturday night’s game, it will be only the second time in 34 years that Florida has defeated state rivals FSU and Miami in the same season.

 “Us beating Miami and Florida State in the same year, there should be nothing else to talk about,” UF coach Dan Mullen said.

 The players say they’re motivated to become state champions.

 “For sure, for sure,” quarterback Kyle Trask said. “That’s what our goal is this Saturday, to win the state. That’s what we want to do every year, that’s the culture around here. The Gator Standard is to be the best team in the state of Florida. Our goal is to be victorious on Saturday and get that going.” 

Swamp losses penalized

 One of UF’s preseason goals was to go undefeated in The Swamp, and the Gators have a chance to do that Saturday night. There’s a little extra motivation than it’s just Florida State. Since Mullen arrived, the players have been penalized for home losses.

“It would be great (to beat FSU at home on Senior Night),” Greenard said. “People don’t know, we lose a game in The Swamp we’ve got to run a stadium. So we pride ourselves on not losing on the home field. But it’s going to be really good. It’s very hard to stay undefeated at home in anything with the teams that come here. How hard we’ve played, it’ll just all pay off.”

Harvin Mr. Two Bits

 Former All-American wide receiver Percy Harvin is the honorary Mr. Two Bits for Saturday’s game. 

 Harvin was the first player in UF history to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in a single game. He holds the school records for most career rushing yards by a wide receiver (1,852) and most rushings yards by a receiver in a season (764 in 2007).


  1. Although this game isn’t like January 2nd, 1997 (52-20, for all the marbles too, huh ‘Noles?!? HA-HA-HA!) it is STILL F.S.U. And that should be enough for all ”true players” to get jacked-up! And ”undefeated in THE SWAMP,” from now on, period!!! And the uniforms in the pic above (white helmets -with Gator script on BOTH SIDES- blue jersey, and white pants) is officially my favorite Gator football ”uni” now. (The blue pants, white tops, orange helmet has been dethroned to 2nd place).