Senior center Mike Pouncey is a team captain and THE team leader. But don’t expect to see him going to midfield with the other captains for the pregame coin toss again. He did that once this season, in the opener, and he didn’t like it. Saturday night in The Swamp, you’ll see Pouncey making his usual entrance, leading the Gators out of the tunnel.
“I like doing that. I like leading the team out,” he said Monday. “I was trying to figure out why we played so bad that first game (against Miami of Ohio). I went out for the coin toss. I told coach (Urban) ‘Meyer, Don’t never, ever pick me to go out for the coin toss again.’ He said, ‘You got it.’ ”
Pouncey is down to having only two more opportunities to run out of the tunnel at Florida Field. “I won’t be going out for the coin toss,” he said.
Pouncey had a couple other interesting comments during interviews Monday.
On whether the season will be a success or a failure, based on the outcome of Saturday’s game against South Carolina: “It’s a one-game season. Without this game, I guess our season would be a failure. (Either way), it’s been one of the best times of my life, coming back to school for my senior season. It’s been a great run. I’m just glad I have this opportunity to go to the SEC Championship Game (with a win Saturday night).”
On former UF coach Steve Spurrier, who leads the Gamecocks into The Swamp on Saturday night: “Personally, I love Coach Spurrier. He’s one of the only head coaches I wait for that I really like meeting after the game. I try meeting him after every game, just because of his history here at Florida. He’s a great coach and a great guy.”