Gators to take on Georgia Southern in "desperate" need of a win
When the season began you probably couldn't find a Gators football player - or a Florida fan for that matter - that would have circled Georgia Southern on the calendar as a critical win.
Or even listed the Eagles as a potential loss.
But 10 games into the season, Florida has just four wins, is on a five-game losing streak, and will host Georgia Southern on Saturday badly in need of a victory.
“We’re at the point where we’re in desperate need of a win to kind of bring the team spirit back up,” OL Trenton Brown said.
“I mean when you going into the season as a Gator you never imagine something like that," DT Leon Orr said. "You always have your mind on winning the SEC Championship, winning a national championship. I can’t necessarily say that I was going in thinking that this was going to be a pivotal game, going into the season.”
And, yet it is. The Gators still need a win on Saturday and one over No. 2 Florida State next weekend to become bowl-eligible.
"You get tired of losing," LB Mike Taylor said. "You come to a place like Florida, you’re not accustomed to it. You’re not used to losing five games. It definitely wasn’t in the plans. Players, coaches, we’re all disappointed. It’s like it’s all sliding downhill. But one thing we do have is two games left on the calendar. Those are two games we’re going to go out and focus on. Georgia Southern first."
Florida is last in the SEC in total offense, and most likely will be playing for the second consecutive week with third-string QB Skyler Mornhinweg, who has replaced the injured Tyler Murphy - who replaced the injured Jeff Driskel.
The Eagles enter the game averaging 34.2 points per game and 453.7 yards of offense and have won three of their last four games. The Gators won't be taking the Eagles lightly.
“I mean, if you don’t come out prepared and ready to play you can lose to anybody," Taylor said. "We lost to Vanderbilt. We hadn’t lost to Vanderbilt in 20-something years. So, any team is capable of losing on any day. I know this team put up 352 yards on Alabama last year, so this is no team to push aside. This is a team to be prepared for.”
Which is why the Gators said they're preparing as hard as possible to end the losing streak on Saturday.
“I feel like a lot of teams have been in the situation that we're in and when you're in a situation like this, you need a win," Orr said. "You need to taste something. It’s gonna be one of those situations where we gonna go out there and we gonna fight for it, you feel me? Because we needed that win four weeks ago. We needed it when we lost to Miami. We always need a win when you're a team and you're out there competing. It’s just like when we're going into any other game, and we're gonna prepare and we're gonna get ready and we're gonna expect to win. We're gonna go out there and try to make it happen.”