Gators living proof of motto "Florida Never Breaks"
Team mottos are nothing new, and Florida has had more than its share in recent years, particularly during the Urban Meyer era.
But the Gators' most recent, handed down by strength and conditioning coordinator Jeff Dillman, seems to epitomize the season so far through seven games.
"Florida Never Breaks."
Following a season in which breakdowns, especially in the fourth quarter, cost Florida dearly the Gators have managed to dominate in the second half and remain strong throughout the full game.
Florida coach Will Muschamp said Dillman, who is in his first season with the Gators, created the motto during offseason workouts.
“When you are sitting there in the middle of June and the middle of July you better be creative in how to motivate some of these guys,” Muschamp said. “I think back to when I was playing. It's hard. It's 150 degrees sitting outside and you're lifting weights. . . You better have somebody in there who has a great message to motivate you, and Jeff certainly does.”
QB Jeff Driskel described it as a "team-unity type thing."
"It means that we're a unit,” Driskel said. “We work in the offseason as a unit, we practice as a unit and we work to make each other better. That's where that comes from."