For Florida Gators veterans, the losses are tougher
After finishing the 2012 season 11-2 with a berth in a BCS Bowl, this isn't the season any of the Florida Gators expected.
Florida is 4-4, has no shot of winning the SEC East, and needs to win two of its last four just to become bowl eligible.
For veterans like senior safety Jaylen Watkins, it's a season that has been tough to endure.
“This one’s more difficult for me because I’m a senior and 2011(a 7-6 season) I was a sophomore," Watkins said. "And to come off an 11-2 season last season, we went to a Sugar Bowl and we were winning, and then you come back this year and you’re not winning as much as you were. So it’s definitely tougher for me, and as a team in general because everyone comes here to win.”
The Gators will host Vanderbilt on Saturday, a program it has earned a win against for 22 consecutive seasons.
But they realize no victory is a guarantee the remainder of the season, and it's not something they are happy about.
“It is what it is," junior LB Ronald Powell said. "We are where we are. And, we’re mad. We’re not OK with it. We’re a mad team. We want to win, man. Definitely, definitely not the spot we thought we’d be sitting in.”
The goal has gone from winning championships to trying to become bowl-eligible and finishing out the season strong.
“Everybody is real disappointed right now," Watkins said. "We’ve lost three in a row and definitely cancelled out our chances in the East. Now the main goal is to become bowl eligible.”
Added Powell: “We’re just trying to win, man. Obviously, this is not what we expected. This is not our standard here. We’re just trying to get another ‘W'."