Florida hasn’t just been bitten by the injury bug in 2013. The Gators have dealt with an infestation of injury bugs. By our count, at least nine players have been lost for the season due to ailments, breaks, tears, bumps and bruises. Many of those individuals have been lost from DJ Durkin’s defense.
But after watching his squad stymie Georgia in last weekend’s second half (turning a 23-3 halftime deficit into a 23-20 barnburner), Florida’s defensive coordinator says his guys aren’t hanging their heads:
“… look how the guys responded in the second half (against Georgia) and how they played. I think our guys, we have great morale in our locker room. They continue to play hard and fight, and I expect them to do that his coming week and the weeks to come.
I was really proud of our guys (and) how they responded. Obviously, that first half was not the way we wanted it to go, but they came out and fought and put us right back in it and we had a chance to win the game. It’s been one of those deals here, but I think our guys, that really spoke to what their character is and what the morale is of the team.”
The Gators will need that fighting spirit over the next four weeks. At 4-4 they need two more wins to go bowling and three of their last four contests figure to be tough — Vanderbilt, at South Carolina, then Florida State in the season finale. In the middle of that run comes a home game with Georgia Southern.
Florida fans might feel like hanging their heads, but their team can’t afford to.