Gator seniors realize importance of today's Outback Bowl
Today's Outback Bowl game against Penn State isn't exactly how Florida's senior class had hoped to end their careers, but it remains significant to the players for several reasons.
Today is both their final game as Gators and head coach Urban Meyer's last game, and ending the season with a victory is of utmost importance.
"I think it’s very important,'' senior K Chas Henry said. "We need to send coach Meyer out the right way, the way he deserves to be treated and sent out. And also for the Florida football program, leaving it in the hands of coach (Will) Muschamp and ending on a winning note. Going 8-5, that would be a pretty good season and as far as finishing out from where we’ve come from.''
Meyer said he's unsure if his younger players understand what's at stake in the greater scheme of things, but it's clear the seniors are aware.
"I think the older players will play like there's no tomorrow,'' Meyer said. "And I'm hoping the younger players carry the torch and follow them.''
The seniors agree.
“It hit me this week it’s his last game, and also mine,’’ senior LB A.J. Jones said. “We’re trying to win this for us, and for him too.’’
For the Gator seniors, today’s game has double significance. This group has been a part of national championships and disappointing seasons. They feel an obligation – to Meyer and themselves – to end this thing right.
“Of course you want to go out a winner,’’ senior C Mike Pouncey said. “It would obviously make everybody’s year on the team to send coach out with a win, and send some of these great seniors out with a win, too.’’