Podcast: Recapping the Florida Gators 20-13 loss to Kentucky

    GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators 20-13 loss on the road to Kentucky on Saturday night.

    Andrew Spivey and David Soderquist break down what happened to the Gators in Lexington on Saturday night and what went wrong with the offense.

    Andrew and David also point to several things that the Gators can improve on going foward.



    David: What’s up folks of Gator Country? This is none other than your boy David Soderquist, along with Andrew Spivey. Unfortunately, last night Florida went to Lexington and did not come out a winner. They lose to the Kentucky Wildcats here 20-13 in a game where you saw a lot of stuff, just a lot of stuff we have to get off our chest this time on the podcast. Emory Jones not bad, had a good clean game. Threw one pick that he should not have thrown. It looked like a try to go for an explosive pass play there, and it just didn’t wind up for Emory Jones.

    Overall, Emory Jones did pretty well, but in my opinion, I think this one’s on Dan Mullen. You’ve got to trust your quarterback. You’ve got to put him in positions to be successful. You can’t run the ball and 3rd and 11, 3rd and 15 and expect to be successful against a Kentucky team that’s been dominating your offensive line all night long.

    Andrew: Here’s the deal. This sucks. This sucks big time. This is a terrible loss. Some people are saying the LSU loss last year was worse. No.

    David: No, it wasn’t.

    Andrew: Losing to Kentucky is the worst. That’s bad. Losing to Kentucky when you outgain them 382 yards to 211 yards. You give up 74 yards passing on six completions, but you have 15 penalties for 115 yards.

    David: That’s a lot.

    Andrew: Terrible. When you’re out-physicaled by Kentucky again, when you’re better and more physical than Alabama, when you’ve been good all year long at being physical, and you don’t travel, that sucks. I know people are going to get on Emory. Listen, I’m not an Emory apologetic. I’m not going to sit here and try to explain to people that he’s the best quarterback. I don’t even know that he’s the best quarterback on the team. I don’t know that.

    I will say this. If Dan Mullen continues to go to war and to go to bat saying Emory Jones is his #1 quarterback, then freaking show the respect to the guy and give the man the opportunity. You are handcuffing him right now so bad that you’re making him look worse than he is. One minute and 50 seconds to go in the second quarter with three timeouts, and you don’t even go for it? You get a completion for two yards. Then you get a completion for 14 to Trent Whittemore, so you’re getting the ball rolling. I thought once the Whittemore play was going to happen he was going to call a timeout or get to hurry up, and he was going to get going.

    That’s what most teams do. They get one 1st down, and then they get going. You don’t trust Emory if you don’t do that. You’re not trusting your quarterback to do that. You’re not trusting your quarterback right now to throw the ball more than five yards down the field. If that’s the case, then you’ve got to make a change. I don’t think you should make a change, because I think Emory’s doing fine, for the most part, but if you’re not going to do that, you’ve got to make a change.

    I don’t think that Mullen understands that. I tweeted this after the game. For as great of a playcaller as Dan Mullen is against the top dogs, the Kirbys of the world, the Nick Sabans of the world, he is awful against some of these teams that he should just burn out the water. Go for it. Be consistent. You’re such a great playcaller, but if you watch Saturday’s game, you wonder who’s calling plays. Multiple quarterback draws. 13 runs for Emory Jones. What are you doing? 3rd and 10 you’re running quarterback draws. What was it? 3rd and goal.

    David: 3rd and 15.

    Andrew: Yeah. What are you doing? This is not an offense that’s going to win football games. Here’s the thing. Any way you want to put it, your goals for your season are done. Your realistic expectations to get to Atlanta are done. Georgia’s not losing three games. Kentucky’s not losing three games. Your expectations are gone. You’re gone, because you laid a freaking egg in Lexington against a Kentucky team that’s not good. That’s not a good football team. I don’t care any way you dice it up. That’s not a good Kentucky football team. That’s a Kentucky football team that loses by 14 to 21 points to Georgia easily.

    David: Easily. An offense that Georgia has that may not be the best offense, but they have probably the #1 defense in this whole league. You don’t need a prolific offense when you have a defense like Georgia. If you look at what Georgia did to Arkansas yesterday, Arkansas may be a little bit overrated. They may be. They played a bad Texas A&M team. They beat them, and that’s why they were at #8. Still though, they looked dominate. They won that game, and they blew them out like they should have, something that Dan Mullen does not do when he comes to play teams like Tennessee. That score should have been a lot worse.

    I just saw Tennessee blow out Missouri yesterday, a team that we beat 38-14, a team that Kentucky struggled to score against and had to go to a last-minute touchdown to beat Missouri. Then we go into Lexington, and we lay an egg to a team that we should have beaten by well more than the eight-point spread.

    You talk about Emory Jones too. Trusting your quarterback. If you do not trust Emory Jones to throw the football, and you do not trust him to make plays in 3rd and long and all these other situations before halftime, then why is he out there? Put somebody else. I don’t even care if it’s Anthony Richardson that’s out there. If you want to put Carlos Del Rio, Jalen Kitna, anybody out there, put them out there, if you don’t trust Emory Jones. If you do trust Emory Jones, then take the leash off of him. That game, the playcalling was very Muschamp-esque. Run the ball three times, punt. Run the ball twice, maybe throw a quick slant. If it’s incomplete, punt. That’s what Will Muschamp did the whole time he was here.

    Hats off to this defense. They held Kentucky to 20 points, only 200 yards of offense. They did what they had to do to try to win the football game. They weren’t great. There were some breakdowns, and there were some things that didn’t go our way. Obviously, the special teams block that got returned for a touchdown, that really hurt. That technically put the dagger in Florida, actually.

    Andrew: Stop right there for a second. Special teams sucks.

    David: Yeah.

    Andrew: There’s three phases to the game, David. Offense, defense, and special teams. There’s a reason there’s three phases of the game, and it’s not offense, defense, and then whatever else you want to call it. It’s three phases of the game. Guess what? You’ve got to win those phases of the game. If you don’t win those phases of the game, you’re going to lose football games.

    You lost to Alabama because you simply could not kick a PAT. You lost. Now, if you tie the game there, and you go to overtime, I don’t know what happens, but you get to overtime. That’s the issue. You simply could not make the kick there. Let’s rewind it in the Alabama game too. You let the ball on special teams go out at the 1-yard line. You had to go 99 yards. That took time off the clock.

    Special teams is not good. Jeremy Crawshaw had a punt on the 40-yard line that went 20 yards. No, no. That doesn’t work. That doesn’t work. You’re not flipping field position. You’re not doing these kind of things when you’re not able to do that. He had five punts for 214 yards. He had a 42-yard average. It skewed a little bit, because he had a long 58-yarder that took a long bounce. Special teams is bad. There’s no punt return. There’s no kick return game whatsoever on this. There’s zero pressure on the punter for Kentucky or any opposing team. This is a guy in Dan Mullen who learned under Urban Meyer. Urban Meyer will go down as one of the best special teams coaches of all time.

    David: Yeah.

    Andrew: The thing is Mullen goes around telling all of his players, he says it in press conferences, the way to get on the field is special teams. Why? Why is that? If you don’t care enough about special teams to win that phase of the game, what does it matter?

    David: Right. What does it matter if so-and-so wants to play on special teams? He’s not going to see the field, right?

    Andrew: Right. Here’s the thing. You’re talking about Dan Mullen had a quote after the game where he said he needs to get more involved in PAT and field goal. It’s Game 5, buddy.

    David: Right. You should have been preparing for that before the season. That’s the issue. Jace Christmann, we finally got to see a little bit of him. He kicked a 51-yard field goal that looked pretty good. I’ll give him credit on that.

    Andrew: Should have been 51 yards if they didn’t have a penalty. Guess what? They had trouble getting out. Des Watson was late getting on the field on special teams. Had to cut back. That five yards made it a 51 instead of a 46. He made it, in hindsight. Again, why were you late getting on the field? You had an offsides on kickoff. On kickoff. What are you doing?

    David: There was way too many false start penalties yesterday. I think there was a total of, what, 10 false start penalties, at least? You were in 3rd and short situations. You had 3rd and short situations where you could get a 1st down and keep Kentucky’s defense on the field, and you get a false start, and then you’re backed up. Then you run the ball.

    Andrew: You had 4th and 3 inside the redzone. Emory gets the 1st down. It’s called back for a false start.

    David: Right.

    Andrew: Stewart Reese, Kingsley, all the line, it was the entire line. There’s some talk that Kingsley wasn’t snapping the ball when he’s supposed to. Okay. Maybe so. As an offensive line, why are you not watching the ball? You’re in a silent snap count. Why are you not watching the ball? Malik Davis, false start. What are you doing? What are you doing to do this? You simply cannot have, I believe it was nine false starts on offense.

    David: It was 9 or 10.

    Andrew: You cannot have that and win football games. Guess what? Kentucky’s 60,000, was it loud? I’m sure it was a little loud. I wasn’t there. Guess what? It ain’t nothing like they’ve seen before. It ain’t Death Valley in a couple weeks. It ain’t the Swamp when it’s loud. Granted, Florida doesn’t have to worry about it when they’re on offense. It’s not Bryant Denny. It’s not a lot of these schools around the country that are really loud. Kentucky’s 60,000 is not that loud. That should have been not an issue at all. Again, that goes back to coaching. Whether or not you want to put it on Mullen, whether you want to put it on Hevesy, Greg Knox, whoever you want to put it on, that’s coaching. Unprepared. Guess what? If you have depth, you replace those guys. You figure it out. Guess what? It goes back to recruiting. You don’t have the depth.

    David: Right. You know what else really pissed me off last night is the fact that, and we just talked about the lack of creativity on offense. Okay. When you really needed the points, and it was the 4th quarter, and there was nine minutes left, you have two drives for 59 yards and 54 yards. You get more creative on offense. You have Emory Jones pass it down the field. Where was that all game? Where was that mentality all game? You saw it the last two drives, how creative. You see that one step drop, where he drops back and passes, fakes a run. All that kind of creativity. Didn’t even try to see any kind of designed run plays to help out this offensive line, which got dominated last night. I’m sorry. Kentucky’s defensive line dominated Florida’s offensive line last night. I think so, for the most part.

    Andrew: 100%. Physical did not travel. Did not travel. Gouraige, beaten badly many times. Ethan White, just badly all night long, beaten badly. Stewart Reese, I don’t know what. Jean Delance, the old Jean Delance showed up. I don’t know if it’s the injury with Delance or what, but he looks a step slower. He looks like he’s leaning every time. I don’t know. I said this last week, and I took some heat on the message board, but I’m going to say it again. Perimeter blocking is an issue with this football team.

    David: Terrible.

    Andrew: Kemore Gamble, Rick Wells, all those guys on the outside cannot block, and it’s unheard of under Billy Gonzales, because Billy Gonzales is usually one of the best guys. Think about Van Jefferson, Tyrie Cleveland, Trevon, they blocked their tails off. These guys simply cannot block on the edge. Trent Whittemore had a screen pass where, I believe it was Cope and Wells, or Cope and Shorter had to block, and it was man to man. Neither one of those guys got the block. Whittemore had to break a tackle, and he got two yards. That can’t happen. That can’t happen. It’s bad. I don’t understand the issue on perimeter blocking. I’m calling it again, and I don’t care if people continue to call me crazy. Go watch the film. It’s bad.

    David: It’s terrible. When I looked at the offensive stats at the end of the game, I was even shocked that we had 382 yards of total offense. It looked like we only had 200 the whole game. Granted, a lot of that came off those last two drives. You had over 100 yards on the last two drives, and that accounted for one-third of your offense the whole game. Where was that? Where was that the whole game? I know Dan Mullen was in his presser. I’m going to go ahead and play a clip from his presser that a lot of people were talking about. He talks about how- I’m just going to go play the clip.

    Female: Do you feel like you were almost outcoached tonight?

    Dan Mullen: No. But, you know, 382 yards, I guess that’s sputtering. Is that- I don’t know. 380. We had 382. They had 211 yards. So.

    David: Okay. So, you win the football game, because you get more offensive yards than the other team?

    Andrew: That’s moral victories.

    David: Or do you win the football game because you score more points than the other team, and you do things in certain situations to get your team out, like not going to the locker room before halftime and actually trying to chuck the ball down the field, and at least get up a field goal before halftime to put your team in a better position to win the football game. Am I not wrong?

    Andrew: Moral victories, my man.

    David: Or was he worried about his offensive yards? He didn’t want to throw two or three more incompletions and then Emory Jones’ stats go down. Is that what he cares more about, or it is points?

    Andrew: He just did a 51-yarder, Christmann.

    David: Yeah. And it was good. He drilled it.

    Andrew: You were on the 10, so you needed about 40 to 50 yards, which, again, Whittemore gets a completion, and you’re going a little bit. That’s the thing too. Florida was better when they were in hurry up offense.

    David: Right.

    Andrew: They did not go into hurry up offense. Again, it goes back to this, and it frustrates me, David, because, again, I’m not sitting here trying to be an Emory apologist. I’m not. I don’t care who starts and plays. I don’t care, but whoever it is, freaking trust him. Put your game in their hands. You have got to trust him. If it’s Emory, cool. Give him the whole playbook and trust him. Stop trying to protect him from failing. That doesn’t do him any good. That doesn’t do this team any good. That doesn’t do this program any good. That doesn’t do Anthony Richardson any good. If I’m Anthony Richardson, if I’m Emory, I’m pissed off if he’s doing that. Stop doing that. It’s retarded. I can’t stand it. I can’t handle it. If you’re going to play the man, play the man and be done with it. Stop trying to protect him. Go with him, give him the trust, and be done with it. It is not rocket science here.

    Here’s the thing. You’re playing for nothing the rest of the football year. You’re playing for pride. That’s it. We’ll see where they rebound. We’re going to get into that in a minute. Again, you either trust him, or you don’t trust him. It’s Game 5. You have to have trust in your offense at that time.

    Here’s the other thing that’s mindboggling to me. Dameon Pierce was the hot hand. We hear all year long, all this time’s Dan Mullen’s been here, they play the hot hand at running back. Play the hot hand at running back. That’s a barefaced lie.

    David: Right.

    Andrew: Eight for 54 for Dameon Pierce, and he had one touch in the second half. One. Dameon Pierce was the guy in the first half that was getting things going. One. Here’s the thing. Dameon Pierce is a big physical running back. That’s his game. Guess what? Kentucky’s a big fast physical football game. Play the man. Play the hot hand. I’m about at the point of hating this running back rotation like I did a couple years ago, because it’s so frustrating that the best player isn’t always on the field. Again, a couple weeks ago it was Malik. Last week it was Nay’Quan. Saturday was Dameon Pierce. He didn’t play.

    Another thing, handing the ball. Stop with the quarterback draws every play. Everybody in America knows when you go empty in the goal line you’re running quarterback draw.

    David: Yeah. I can’t even imagine how many quarterback draws there were last night. Like I said, it was very Muschamp-esque. It killed me too to see this. The fact that Jacob Copeland and Trent Whittemore, and even Xzavier Henderson, were the most open receivers that whole night. There was at least, I would say, three to four plays where I saw them wide open in an endzone for a touchdown, or they were wide open down the field, and instead you run the ball. Or Emory Jones runs around, tries to get three, four yards, on a quarterback designed run play, when you’ve got receivers that are wide open. Of it was a pass play, Emory Jones couldn’t find the open receiver. I don’t know.

    Jacob Copeland, 59 yards. All these receivers, 9.8, 9.0, 15.5. Xzavier Henderson, Trent Whittemore, Copeland, all averaging almost 10 yards every time they touched the football, so feed them the ball.

    Andrew: Whittemore had four catches, and I think two of them were on the first drive.

    David: Yeah. He was wide open. They couldn’t cover Trent Whittemore all night long.

    Andrew: Now, there’s two things that go to that, David, and I hate to cut you off here.

    David: Kentucky was playing run.

    Andrew: Well, that’s what I was going to say. Emory didn’t have a lot of time in the pocket, for one. He instantly was thinking, oh my God, first read’s not there, I got to go. Secondly, he got to the point where he was just trying to run and get it, and he forgot about it. There was a couple things there. I don’t think the protection was there, like it had been. At times it was, but it hadn’t been.

    David, I’ll ask you this too. It looked like the majority of the throws were set up as just timing throws, where it was comeback routes, and Emory just was supposed to throw to a spot. It never in that game looked like many plays that it looked like they had a progression that he had to go through or anything like that. Outside of the first drive, when he hit Copeland for, I think it was 18 across the middle, and Copeland was his third read. Outside of that, I don’t remember many, if any, really throws that he had to go through a progression and just wasn’t simply a timing throw.

    David: There was no explosive pass plays whatsoever. They didn’t even try to go deep on any plays. I understand that. You can’t go deep on every single play that you have, but in a game like this, and a team that you should beat, and a team that their defensive backfield is not great. Up front, they are fantastic. In the backfield, they’re terrible. In a game like that, wouldn’t you want to take advantage of your top 100 players, your receivers like Jacob Copeland, who wears the #1 jersey for some reason, but Dan doesn’t want to give him the football. I don’t know why.

    You had those guys out there like Shorter, like Copeland, like Xzavier Henderson, like Trent Whittemore, these guys that make these big explosive plays. You seen it last year. You seen it so far this year. You don’t even try to toss it deep to them, even if it’s in a 50/50 situation. You got to take some shots, man.

    Eventually, if your offense is sputtering, and it was sputtering. I don’t care what he says about his 382 yards in his postgame presser. If your offense is sputtering, you can’t run the football. All those linebackers and all those safeties and all that, they’re coming up close to your offensive line, because they know you’re going to run the ball. It’s predictable. You can’t be one-dimensional against any team in the SEC, regardless any team in the nation. Kentucky made Florida last night one-dimensional.

    Andrew: Florida is a team in the redzone- I get it. I’m one of those people too. I was watching the Stanford-Oregon game, and they threw back-to-back fade routes, just jump balls basically, back shoulder throws. It was frustrating to see that at times, because it’s a 50/50 ball, but Florida doesn’t even do it at all. They have two plays, or three plays in the redzone. Quarterback draw, quarterback handoff, or they go to the quick screen to the wide receiver. That’s the three plays.

    David: Yeah.

    Andrew: Copeland, the ball was underthrown, Copeland slipped, or he would have scored in the game on Saturday. Emory, they knew what was coming with Emory, and the running game just was nonexistent inside the redzone there. Your redzone was done.

    David: I understand if the run game is working, you keep going to it. Like the Georgia game, last year’s Georgia game. How many wheel routes did we throw in that game, and Georgia could not cover it? Throw wheel routes all game. I don’t care what you have to do. You’ve got to do what works. You’ve got to do what puts your quarterback in successful situations, and you didn’t see that. You just saw here’s a quarterback draw. Here’s this. We’re going to punt the ball, and we’re going to make our defense come back out there on the field. You didn’t really see that.

    You just didn’t see us trying to expose any other corners or any other safeties or any linebackers. They’re all up front. They’re waiting for the run. They know what’s coming. Then they knew if they forced Emory to throw the football it was going to be a lot harder for us to score, but you didn’t even try to throw the ball with Emory Jones. That was the problem.

    Andrew: Yeah. I’m quiet for a second, because I have so many thoughts just running through my head. The handcuffs were on, David. I think that’s basically the only way I can say it. The handcuffs were there. The thing about it is even doing the handcuff plays they still were not executed. I go back to a play late in the fourth quarter. Quarterback draw. They had Malik and Ethan White. Both of those guys were the lead blockers in the draw play. Ethan pushed his guy into Emory, and Malik didn’t get his guy.

    David: Yeah.

    Andrew: Second level blocking has been such a key to this team, and great this year. That’s the thing. It’s been great this year. I said this on Friday, and I look absolutely stupid for saying this. I said physical football always travels, and it does. There was no excuse for it. That’s the thing. You’re not telling me Alabama’s front seven is worse than Kentucky’s front seven. You’re not. You’re just not. You’re not telling me that. You’re not going to make me believe that. It was.

    I’ll even take it a step further a little bit too. Listen, the defense played fine. I’m not blaming the defense at all for anything. The defense couldn’t even get pressure up the middle. They couldn’t even get any pass rush. They couldn’t even get anything going, and that was frustrating. Levis, however you say his name, had all day to throw.

    David: Yeah. He only had 87 yards the whole game passing. As far as our defense, we had two sacks, four tackles for loss, and one quarterback hurry. You’re not going to win football games with those type of defensive statistics. You’re just not going to, unless your offense is humming, and our offense wasn’t humming last night.

    Like you said about the defense, you can’t keep your defense on the field for that long and expect them not to give up plays. They were giving up some really big chunk run plays right up the middle. That’s what else really set me off.

    Andrew: Because the front seven was nonexistent.

    David: Right.

    Andrew: Let me look this up here. Let me pull up my stats here from last night.

    David: Every game is won in the trenches.

    Andrew: That’s what I thought. Trey Dean had eight tackles. Too many tackles. Too many tackles. Diabate had 11. He led the team. Too many tackles. You cannot have that happen. Here’s the thing. The ugly head was bit off on the 41-yard touchdown pass to Wan’Dale Robinson on the screen play. Missed tackles. Guess what? Killed the team again.

    David: Came back to haunt us.

    Andrew: It comes back. I’ll say this too. Elijah Blades had a penalty that would piss me off more than anything in the entire world. False start penalties get on my nerves. I hate them. But selfish penalties frustrate me. That’s what Elijah Blades had was a selfish 15-yard penalty where he couldn’t make the play, so he decided he was going to push that guy 15-yards out of bounds. What are you doing? How selfish do you have to be?

    David: Right. Yeah. Like you have to coach your players better, and you have to put them in positions to be successful. You just didn’t see any of that last night. This is something we were talking about before the podcast, Andrew, and I want to allude to this too. Some people say don’t look too far into it. Some people will. The picture of Dan Mullen smiling after the game.

    Andrew: Pissed me off.

    David: Oh yeah.

    Andrew: Pissed me off.

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    Andrew: No. That’s the thing. I have a four-year-old. Lot of people know this. I tell him all the time, we do not smile, we do not laugh, we do not make anything out of anything when we lose. We’re pissed off. We’re mad. I don’t care if you call me a sore loser. I don’t care what you call me. When you lose, you lose. There’s no reason to laugh. There’s no reason to smile. There’s no reason to nothing. Here’s the thing. I’d rather him tell Mark Stoops, I’m not shaking your hand. I’m pissed off I lost. Guess what? The man across from you dominated you, outsmarted you, beat you at your own game, and you’re going to walk across and laugh and shake his hand? No. No.

    How are you going to walk in your locker room and tell your guys after the game to be mad? Not to laugh and cut up. It’s supposed to be a quiet trip back home on the plane ride. Why? Turn the music on blare. Throw them a party. Get the champagne out. You’re laughing about it. You’re okay with it. You laughed on national TV, and that mindset to me is something I don’t know that I’ll be able to forget.

    Go ask Nick Saban and Urban Meyer if they’re laughing after a loss. They’re not laughing after a loss. They’re mad. Nick Saban’s cussing up a storm and chewing his teams out and everything else in the world. You want to be that program. Dan Mullen wants to be that guy who is the national championship football coach. He wants to be the guy that brings college football playoff championship back to Florida. Guess what? Laughing after a loss, I don’t care if you take a moral victory in your 382 yards, whoop di do. This ain’t the Olympics where you get a medal for finishing second. You get nothing for finishing second. Guess what? You finish third in the East this year. Third. Kentucky beat you twice in four years, something that hasn’t happened in 31 years, and you’re laughing about it? No. No, no.

    If you want to go back to the:

    Andrew: I think he was in the game on nine plays.

    David: Yeah.

    Andrew: That included a few handoffs. He had one throw that wasn’t good. The guy jumped offsides. Why he threw it is beyond me in the first place. It still was a bad throw. You want to give your guy a shot there and everything else, but overall he did what he was supposed to do. Again, I can’t sit here and say Anthony played bad. He didn’t get a chance. Again, Emory didn’t lose this football game. The defense didn’t lose this football game. Special teams lost this football game, and a coaching staff who either walked into this game thinking they were going to run through this Kentucky team or something. Something is not right. I don’t know what it is. I don’t want to hear the excuses that it was the first road game in the SEC. It’s Kentucky.

    David: It’s Kentucky.

    Andrew: It’s Kentucky, for God’s sakes. Don’t want to hear about it. I just don’t. I know people are saying Mark Stoops is doing good at Kentucky. Sure, but let’s just run through this. Will Levis, is he an SEC quarterback that would win a championship? Heck no.

    David: Nope.

    Andrew: Just give me some of these guys. Now, Rodriguez is a pretty good back. Wan’Dale Robinson’s a pretty good receiver. Outside of that, who? Who are these guys? The Paschal guy, sure. Some of these other guys. Kentucky’s not winning the SEC Championship. They’re not playing Alabama tough. They’re not beating Georgia.

    David: Right.

    Andrew: They’re just not.

    David: Yeah. There’s a team named Georgia that’s a freight train that completely dominates their opponents. I believe that they’re giving up three to four points per game now. They were at 5.8 before they played Arkansas, and Arkansas didn’t score a point. They shut Arkansas down. When Kentucky plays Georgia, I guarantee you Georgia will blow them out, no problem whatsoever. I almost cursed saying that.

    Andrew: Yeah. The thing about it is this. I struggle to say this. Let me start by saying this. I’m in no way saying Dan Mullen needs to be fired. Let me just say that, so it’s out there. Yeah. So that I don’t get accused of hearing it, because I’m sure somebody’s going to accuse us of saying that. Nobody is calling for Dan Mullen’s head. I’m calling for changes. Changes within the coaching staff, changes within game day philosophical stuff, changes with the special teams. Got to get better in recruiting, for sure. I’m in no way calling for Dan Mullen to be fired, so let me just put that out there.

    David: I want accountability from Dan Mullen. When he goes into his press conferences, especially last night, you didn’t see any accountability whatsoever. Dan Mullen said, we outcoached them. We did this, that. He was actually at that press conference pretty quick, a lot quicker than normal. When you saw him and looked at him, he just looked tired, out of it. Didn’t want to admit to he did anything wrong, didn’t want to take accountability for anything.

    Nick Saban, when he loses, he takes accountability. He rarely loses, but when he loses, he takes accountability. I saw Nick Saban cussing out his team while they’re blowing out Ole Miss. Where is that energy? Where is that energy from a head coach that is just, it’s okay, we did pretty good, onto the next game, or the coach that’s going to say, we blew out this team, but there’s a lot of things we got to fix. I did not like this. That’s the coach that you want to see. You see that in Nick Saban. You saw it in Urban Meyer. Urban Meyer’s eating frozen pizza right now, if he’s not, but he’s been doing some other things that--

    Andrew: We’re going to get into that in a minute.

    David: We’ll get into that in a second. You see Urban Meyer eating frozen pizza. You see Nick Saban pissed off, yelling at everybody, whether he’s winning or not. Where’s that mentality from Dan Mullen?

    Andrew: My thing is this. Accountability has to go all the way around.

    David: Yeah.

    Andrew: There’s 105 guys on this football team. There’s 10 assistant coaches who are on the field. Goes everywhere. Here’s the thing. It has to. John Hevesy, he owes us some accountability. His offensive line played terrible, and his offensive line had multiple penalties.

    David: Yup.

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    The accountability goes everywhere. Again, if Dan’s going to be the playcaller, figure it out, because that’s bad. It all starts, and I know I continue to say it, and I hate to harp on it, it starts in recruiting. It is what it is. It starts in recruiting. When you want to be elite, you have to recruit elite. Your depth on your line was not good enough. You weren’t able to replace some injuries in defense, even though defense didn’t lose the game. Your special teams wasn’t very good because of your depth. That loses football games. That’s why you lose to Kentucky. That’s why you lost to Kentucky twice, for the first time in 31 years.

    David: First time in 31 years. Yes. That’s correct. For me putting that stat out there, it’s a true stat. It’s a true fact. Your head coach lost to Kentucky in 30+ years in Lexington and at home. There’s a certain person out there, I don’t even want to name his name, because I’m not even going to talk about that, but that doesn’t mean I want Dan Mullen fired. It’s true. It’s honest to God facts. It’s facts. Face the facts in front of you that your head coach lost to Kentucky twice in a row, being arrogant, having a big ego, being arrogant and thinking he can just stomp all over people, and then making excuses in the press conference. That’s how I think.

    Andrew: I say this all the time. You’re either going to get better, or you’re not going to get better. Right now, this team didn’t get better. This team didn’t get better last week, and from last week to this week. Period.

    David: No. It got worse.

    Andrew: Guess what? Whether you want to admit it or not, you’re staring in your face a 9-3 or 8-4 football team. I’m going to ask this, and I’m going to ask this point blank. Are you okay with it?

    David: Nope.

    Andrew: Tell me. I’m not.

    David: If we were to go undefeated the whole rest of this year, I still would not be okay with it. I’m already not okay. I’m done. At the end of the day, you’re going to look at that blemish that you had against Kentucky, and you’re going to be like, man, that’s what’s keeping us from the playoff. What happened there, Dan? What happened in that game?

    Andrew: Here’s the thing. It’s back-to-back years.

    David: Yeah.

    Andrew: You had the LSU game you shouldn’t have lost, and you had this game where you shouldn’t have lost. What are you doing? Why is your team not prepared to play? The facts are this. You’ve got to go to Baton Rouge in a couple weeks. The team that played on Saturday don’t beat LSU, and LSU’s not good. The team that was on there on Saturday gets absolutely train wrecked by Georgia.

    David: Yeah. I don’t think they score a point against Georgia, and not a lot of teams have scored points against Georgia.

    Andrew: Here’s the thing. You’re measuring yourself against Georgia. That’s the thing, David. That’s what is so frustrating to me with everyone. When you say that, when you make that statement, David, of they’re not going to score against Georgia, it’s true.

    David: If they play like they did last night.

    Andrew: Here’s the thing. People don’t want to hear it, and people say, why are you comparing yourself to Georgia? Guess what, Georgia’s where you want to be.

    David: Right.

    Andrew: Alabama’s where you want to be. Ohio State’s where you want to be. Clemson last year and years before are where you want to be. Right now, you’re not one of the elite of the elite, and the thing is after the Alabama game you showed you have the potential to be. Guess what? That Alabama football team is going to be playing in January in the college football playoffs. You can mark that down. That’s a team that has continued to improve. That’s a team that’s much better than the team that was in Jacksonville, and Georgia’s probably going to be there too. Georgia maybe loses to Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Whoever loses in that SEC Championship game, that’s going to probably be their first loss, and they’re probably still going to go.

    Again, I ask people this. Are you okay with being in that second tier of the SEC? If not, then you have to support some kind of change. Not at the head man, but underneath the head man. Here’s the thing. Stop with the scapegoat of Todd Grantham. Todd Grantham ain’t your scapegoat on Saturday.

    David: Nope. Not so far this year. He’s not. You’re right.

    Andrew: Outside of the 20 points that he gave up to Alabama from the get-go. Here’s the thing. You can’t even give him all 20 points, because it was a short field off a turnover that was there. You look at what Alabama’s done since then, what they did to Ole Miss. Todd Grantham did a pretty good job. Again, you’re right. Outside of a couple of plays here and there, yes. Here’s the question, David, and I’ll ask you. With Florida’s defense, could Florida be 5-0?

    David: Yeah. They could.

    Andrew: That answers the question.

    David: Exactly. I’m not the biggest Todd Grantham supporter.

    Andrew: I’m not either, but facts are facts.

    David: You can’t deny what he’s done this year. The defense is playing pretty well, I think.

    Andrew: He gave up 74 yards passing, 211 total yards. Now, granted, that’s a little skewed, because you had the field goal return that took away a possession, and Mullen sitting on the ball. Also, Mullen running the ball more this year, so they’re not getting the opportunities. At the end of the day, you could say the same thing from last year in that this team was throwing the ball more, so teams had more possessions.

    David: As much as I hate Georgia, I hate to talk good about Georgia. Kirby Smart went into that program, and he set a standard. He said, we’re going to have at least the top three recruiting class every single year. He goes, we’re going to win the games that we’re supposed to win. Granted, you lost some games you weren’t supposed to lose either. He’s not the best in game coach, not for offense. For defense, yes. This is a guy that you want for defense, but he’s an elite recruiter. He set the standard. He pretty much gets whatever recruit he wants, besides whoever Nick Saban wants.

    Andrew: Right.

    guys that like to make those:

    Andrew: It’s facts. Here’s the thing. Dan can develop guys. I say this nicely, very nicely. You can only develop what you have.

    David: Yup.

    Andrew: Whether or not, whatever you believe, whatever God given talent and whatever you have in you is only what you’re going to get. For instance, me, you can only make me so good. David, I can only make you so good.

    David: Right.

    Andrew: Now, if you take a guy who is great, already physically gifted, you can make him extraordinarily great.

    David: Elite. You can make him elite.

    Andrew: Elite. Exactly. You can make that guy. For instance, Patrick Mahomes. Patrick Mahomes is a phenomenal athlete. He wasn’t developed in high school as much, wasn’t developed as much at Texas Tech. He’s been developed with the Chiefs. That kind of stuff.

    I say this, and I’m not going to call any names, but guys on the offensive line, for instance. You can only develop them so much. You can only develop them to a certain level before they’re tapped out. You can only do that. Then it becomes a question of this, a want. Saturday night there wasn’t a want. I say this, and I get fired up, and I get frustrated. Offensive line play is a want, David. It’s a want. Do you want to beat the crap out of the man in front of you?

    David: Right.

    Andrew: That man that you’re assigned to block, do you want to beat him more than he wants to beat you?

    David: I want to thumb wrestle him and kick his ass.

    Andrew: If the answer’s yes, you’re going to block him. If the answer’s no, you’re going to get pancaked. On Saturday night, the Kentucky team wanted it more than Florida. You can say I’m questioning hard or whatever it may be. I’m not questioning anything. I’m questioning a want to. The want to was not there on Saturday from the top man to the bottom man.

    David: Right. You didn’t get no I’ll thumb wrestle you; I’ll kick your ass. I think it goes back to the attitude of some of the coaching staff. Maybe Dan Mullen doesn’t have the right attitude. I’m not going to bring up rumors or anything like that. From what I see though, I don’t know what goes on in that locker room. I don’t know what’s discussed. I don’t know what he tells his team. I don’t know anything. All I know is what I see in the press conference, how he acts, and, obviously, the smile from last night. This is all us fans have to see when we see Dan Mullen on a television screen. We don’t know if he’s going into the locker room and the attitude and the mentality is completely changed.

    Andrew: Here’s the thing. Does it even matter?

    David: No.

    Andrew: You can be somebody behind closed doors, and that’s fine. His team needs to see that. Guess what? When you turn on social media today, and you’re Emory Jones, or you’re Anthony Richardson, or you’re Ethan White or whoever it may be, you’re seeing that photo of your football coach, who you just went to war for for 48 minutes, laughing, going to shake the opposing coach’s hand and then walking into the locker room and claiming a moral victory.

    David: Right. What do you think the kids are talking about?

    Andrew: Right.

    David: Does this guy even care? I don’t know, man.

    Andrew: There’s too many questions, and the concerning part to me, David- and, again, I’m not calling for nobody’s head, this is Year 4.

    David: Yeah. Year 4.

    Andrew: You’re calling these things into question in Year 4. Now, here’s what I am going to call into question. For as much as Kirby’s good, for as much as Nick’s good, for as much as Dabo’s good, for as much as Urban’s been good, he’s always had to make some changes to personnel. They’ve all had to make changes personnel wise. Bill Belichick with the Patriots. We can say what we want to say about maybe it’s Tom Brady, and it probably is. Tom Brady’s the greatest quarterback any of us will ever see, but he’s had to make changes. Everybody has to make changes. I’m not talking about Torrian Gray and Ron English. I’m talking about some of your buddies, Dan.

    David: Somebody.

    Andrew: Some of your buddies are failing you. You talk about the Florida standard. You, Dan Mullen, have to live up to the Florida standard too. Your coaches have to live up to the Florida standard too. Everyone has to live up to the Florida standard. Nick Savage, you have to live up to the Florida standard, because on Saturday your guys weren’t physical. Your guys weren’t disciplined, and that’s learned in the weight room.

    David: Right. At the end of the day, a loss is a loss. You didn’t score enough points to beat the other team.

    Andrew: You’re #20 in the AP poll.

    David: You’re #20 in the AP poll. Like I said, I do apologize. We’re harping too much on this this podcast, but it’s well warranted. I’m pretty sure a lot of people want to hear what we have to say and what others have to say. Regardless, at the end of the day, you take an L. You’re actually fourth in the East right now, considering they got Tennessee above.

    Andrew: That’s terrible, man.

    David: That’s the thing. Tennessee went into Missouri and took care of the team that they were supposed to take care of. They blew them out. I think it was like 62-24. They blew them completely out. I don’t see that mentality.

    Andrew: I say this all the time. I do a couple radio spots every week. I do a Saturday morning radio spot every week. When it’s a big game, they always ask me, is Florida going to blow this team out? Every time I say, I can’t say that. I can’t say that. They all ask me why, and I always say, Dan Mullen doesn’t blow football teams out. Just doesn’t, and I don’t know why. Is it arrogance? Is it cockiness? Is it playing down to your opponents? I don’t know what it is, but championship level football teams don’t do it. Here’s the thing. Even if you win on Saturday, David, you can’t be considered elite, because that game was way too close than it should have been.

    David: Right.

    Andrew: Way too close. 10-7 at halftime is miserable.

    David: Yeah.

    Andrew: Miserable.

    David: That’s something that these Georgia and Alabama teams don’t have to deal with ever on a consistent basis.

    Andrew: Any elite team. Urban Meyer’s teams, shoot, when they played Hawaii they were putting 60 up. When they played Vandy, they were putting 60 up. Now, they had their one or two, the cockblock with Jarvis Moss. They had those games where they had to get by the hair of their teeth, but for the majority of it, it was I’m going to get out there, and I’m going to boat race these teams, so I can get my backups in.

    Maybe that’s the thing, David. Maybe that’s something, and I hadn’t even thought about that. Maybe that’s something we need to think about even more is because of the lack of blowing teams out in the past Emory Jones, Anthony Richardson, Nay’Quan Wright, some of these guys haven’t been able to play. They’re not getting the game experience that you’re getting at Alabama, at Georgia, when you’re blowing teams out. Maybe that’s the case we haven’t even thought about. Maybe that’s something that could be true.

    David: You got blown out by Oklahoma, and we got to see Anthony Richardson. Does that count? I’m just kidding. I’m messing around. That’s actually a joke, guys. At the end of the day, we’re ticked off. Every fan has a right to be ticked off. At the end of the day, all I want to see is this university be successful and for it to be an elite program, back to the Urban Meyer days, back to when we could go into Jacksonville and put up 40 to 50 points on Georgia and run them out of the building. That’s the team that I want to see again.

    At the end of the day, I want this team to be successful. I think Emory Jones is your starting quarterback still. I don’t think anything bad about him. I don’t think anything bad about any of these players on this team. It’s up to the coaching staff to put them in a position to be successful, and you did not see that Saturday night. At the end of the day, you didn’t see that Saturday night.

    Hopefully, next week, when they take on Vanderbilt, which is a team that is probably one of the worst teams in the SEC, which you should blow out, you should have second and third string guys come into the game, probably by halftime. Yes. And blow them out, and you get to get these Demarkcus Bowmans, these Lorenzo Lingards we all wanted to see since they’ve been on the campus. You get to blow this team out, and you’ll get to see these guys. Let me ask you this. Are you confident we’re going to blow out Vanderbilt?

    Andrew: No. They opened as a 35-point favorite, Florida did.

    David: ESPN has them at like a 99.1% chance to win the game.

    Andrew: Yeah. 35-point favorites. Should they blow them out? Sure. Sure, they should. Will they? Your guess is as good as mine. Again, they don’t blow teams out. They just don’t. I don’t know what it is. Here’s the thing too. I’m not going to question anybody or call anybody out, but some of these guys got some business decisions to make, unfortunately. You’re not going to the playoffs. You’re not going to Atlanta. Georgia’s not losing three football games.

    David: No.

    Andrew: Period. They’re just not. They’re not losing three football games. They’re not losing two football games, in my opinion. Kentucky’s not losing three games. I mean, Kentucky would have to lose three games in order for you to go over them. Your goals are gone. You’re playing for pride. You’re playing for the university. You’re playing for the name on the front and the name on the back. There’s a lot of questions that have to be answered. There’s a lot of things that have to be done. You’ve got to figure it out as a team. Dan Mullen’s got to figure it out as a coach, ways to get his guys going. Unfortunately, it’s Vanderbilt. Maybe it’s fortunately, but it’s not exactly a game that you’re going to get up for. It’s a noon kickoff in the Swamp. Crowd’s not going to be there, so you can hang that up. We’ll see.

    David: Yeah. Like I said, and I even tweeted it last night, I’m just ticked off. Everybody has a right to be ticked off at a loss. I’m pissed off at the loss that happened last night, but it doesn’t change the fact that I love this team. I love covering this team with you. I love doing this podcast with you, by the way, Andrew. I love all the guys on our VIP boards, all the fans that follow me on Twitter. I love it all. Don’t get me wrong. I just do not like inexcusable losses.

    Andrew: I don’t like losing, period.

    David: I don’t either.

    Andrew: I don’t care. I don’t care if I’m thumb wrestling. I want to win. I don’t like losing. The Braves play 162 games. People laugh at me all the time. They’re like, why are you mad about a game in June? I said, because I don’t like losing. I don’t like it. I don’t like losing. I just don’t. I don’t. The Falcons are terrible. I know the Falcons should probably lose every game and try to get the #1 pick next year. Guess what? I can’t make myself say it’s okay to lose. I can’t. I just can’t. I’m not that way. I just cannot like losing. I don’t accept it. It is what it is. It comes out as frustration. Am I a little harsh? Maybe. Maybe at times.

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    David: At the end of the day, like you said, the locker room mentality and the coaching staff’s attitude is what matters. It’s something we just didn’t see last night. We’ve already explained it. I want to see that old Dan Mullen when he came back the first year. Thumb wrestle me. I’ll kick your ass. I want to see that Dan Mullen. I have not seen him.

    Andrew: I’ll tell you what, and this is the honest to God truth, and I don’t care what anybody says. It may be harsh. Elijah Blades wouldn’t play on Saturday. He’d be suspended. You don’t make stupid mistakes like that.

    David: Yeah.

    Andrew: These offensive linemen would know very, very quickly, the false start penalties happen, don’t even look to the sidelines. Just go ahead, the next man will be on up. Because it has to stop. Your program has got to be built by Year 4. There has got to be a mindset that we do not, and I say we, I’m talking like I’m in the locker room. You cannot. 15 penalties cannot happen. Cannot happen. That has to be a mindset that is in the program. It has to be a mindset that’s ingrained in it. You talk about the Gator way. The Gator way is not losing to Kentucky and 15 penalties.

    David: Right. Blocked kicks should not happen that get returned for touchdowns on special teams either.

    Andrew: No.

    David: That’s what ultimately put the dagger in Florida. Yesterday, we’re going to segue here a little bit, Oregon got knocked off by Stanford. There was actually a lot more upsets. Looks like Notre Dame finally got knocked off. Thank God.

    Andrew: Is Cincinnati for real? I’ll be honest. They looked like a good football team.

    David: They did.

    Andrew: Florida State won.

    David: Florida State finally won a game. I finally get to post the meme of Richard Simmons saying we finally won a game.

    Andrew: They won. They finally won a game. Clemson finally won.

    David: Mississippi State upset Texas A&M.

    Andrew: Jimbo, that extension money.

    David: What about that comeback Auburn had against LSU?

    Andrew: That was a good one. Man, my South Alabama Jaguars hooked a kick. One minute to go in the game. We went down 20-0. First play of the game went 90 for Lafayette. Come back 20-18.

    David: 20-18.

    Andrew: There’s a lot of games. Ohio State blows out Rutgers. That was one. Then, like you said, Georgia. Just smokes Arkansas. Alabama just smokes Lane Kiffin. I will say this. Lane Kiffin’s mic drop at the beginning of the game was awesome. Did you see it?

    David: Yeah. That was pretty funny.

    Andrew: He said, just get your popcorn ready and get ready, and he drops the headset like I got this. Sorry. Then Alabama in the middle of the third quarter has the mascot come out with popcorn. That was some serious trolling.

    David: You know what’s really funny too? Going back and talking about that Arkansas game between Georgia, Stetson Bennett only threw for 72 yards. That’s all he had to do.

    Andrew: JT Daniels didn’t even play.

    David: JT Daniels didn’t even play, and Bennett played and didn’t even throw for 100 yards. That’s how bad they were able to run the ball.

    Andrew: They had an unfair advantage on the goal line in the second quarter where they brought in 350-pound Jordan Davis. Brought in their other D tackle. They had over a ton of offensive linemen out there just pushing. Here’s the thing. I don’t think Arkansas is as bad as they were. I don’t think Arkansas is as good as people thought they were either. Their quarterback play is very suspect. Their offense is very suspect. But they’re a much better team under Sam Pittman, and they’re improving. I don’t think Ole Miss is as bad as they looked. I think Ole Miss is still a pretty decent football team.

    I think the Florida game was the absolute wake up slap in the face that this Alabama Saban team had to have, and it’s going to be a crash course to Atlanta with Georgia, I’m afraid. I hate it. I can’t stand it. If you’ll give me Kentucky knocking off Georgia, I’ll take the shellacking in Atlanta that Kentucky will get from Alabama. I don’t see it. Those are two really good football teams. Bryce Young is coming into his own.

    David: As far as Arkansas improving, A&M was kind of a little overrated anyway. This team just lost to Mississippi State last night. They beat a not good A&M team.

    Andrew: To be fair, they are playing with a backup quarterback.

    David: They are. I’ll give them that. Anyway. Before we end, we have to discuss the Urban Meyer situation here going around.

    Andrew: Did he go home last night to Shelley? Is Shelley there? What’s going on here? If you haven’t seen it, there is a video of who is suspected to be- it’s not been confirmed- suspected to be Urban Meyer at a bar with a young …

    David: There’s pictures. It’s Urban Meyer.

    Andrew: I know. For the safety of the podcast, so that Urban isn’t suing Gator Country, it has not been confirmed that it is Urban Meyer, but it sure looks like Urban Meyer that’s with a young little blond, who is giving him a nice little dance in front.

    David: Maybe it’s just a guy with an Urban Meyer mask on.

    Andrew: It is Halloween.

    David: It is Halloween. Maybe that was just it. For the sake of that. I guess that pretty much ends the podcast, unless you got anything else.

    Andrew: No. Again, not calling for no heads, so do not tweet at me or David or post on the message board that we’re saying Dan Mullen needed to be fired. Not saying that whatsoever. I’m saying there’s got to be accountability from the top to the bottom. Players included. I am saying Emory, until Dan pulls the handcuffs off Emory and just lets him play, I don’t know. The interception was terrible, obviously. Some of his reads are a little slow. There’s more questions than there’s answers, and that should not be happening in Year 4 of a program.

    David: Right. Especially if you’ve been in the program as a quarterback for three to four years, and your coach does not trust you to throw the football. That’s real questionable to me. I mean, like we said, like Andrew said, accountability. That’s all we want. You went into Kentucky, you went into Lexington, and you laid an egg. You can’t change it. It’s already been done. I want to see the accountability now. How does the team respond? Like you said, now you’re playing for pride.

    Andrew: I have a question for you.

    David: What’s up?

    Andrew: I do have a question for you before we get out of here. It’s not to do with this. It’s to do with the Scott Stricklin thing.

    David: Okay.

    Andrew: We haven’t talked about it a lot. It’s a sensitive subject that I don’t particularly like talking about, just because I don’t know all the facts. Nobody knows all the facts, except for Cam and the players and everything else. The situation with Cam Newbauer, however you say his name, the old women’s coach, is still out there. There was an Outside the Lines story about it. The Alligator had a really in-depth piece stating all the problems that were going on. So, my question to you is this, David. From what we know, are you okay with the way Scott Stricklin handled the problem?

    David: No. Not at all. That’s all I’m going to comment, because I don’t want to say something that would get me in trouble.

    Andrew: Yeah.

    David: No. It’s not good. It’s not a good look. That’s for sure.

    Andrew: I need to hear some more. I need some accountability from this. I need to hear a lot more. It’s not what I want from the university that I like. You definitely do not want female athletes in that position. Again, I don’t know all the facts. We don’t know all the facts. From what is being said, I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all. I’m not okay with how Scott Stricklin has handled it so far. I’m not okay with how the university’s handled it so far. I’m not okay with any of it. I really ain’t. I think there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered, and there’s a lot of accountability that needs to be accounted for in this situation. Yeah. That’s it right now.

    David: Yeah. It’s not good. We’ll find out what happens with it. I’m pretty sure there’s other information that could come out in the weeks to come. We don’t know. I don’t know the whole situation. I mean, I know the situation. I know what’s been explained, but I don’t know what really happened behind the scenes, just like you said. The key word this week is accountability all across the board, from the football coaching staff to the administration to the AD, Scott Stricklin. We’ll see. It’s just been bad news all across the board, Spivey. Is there anything good going on this week, man?

    Andrew: My Braves clinched. Playing the Brewers on Friday. That’s good news.

    David: There we go.

    Andrew: Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts are getting a nice little PT today, as we’re taping this. My fantasy team’s doing good. Dak and David Montgomery decided to have balls out games, so there’s always a little bit of good news. Guess what? The sun does come up tomorrow. The Gators do play. We’re going to get a little bit of basketball here next couple weeks. Bring my man Eric Fawcett on. He does a great job for us. We’ll get him on, and we’ll continue breaking all this down.

    Big week for the Gators. On the 6th, that is what? That’s Wednesday. Francois, excuse me. He’s already committed. Jamari Lyons is scheduled to announce his commitment. I like the Gators there over South Carolina, so that’s good news. Then Jaden Gibson in a couple weeks. Recruiting news that’ll come your way. Like I said, got to win in recruiting. You recruit daily or die.

    David: Right. I was about to mention that. Jaden Gibson too. His commitment’s coming up. I believe on the 11th or the 13th. Something like that. I can’t remember

    Andrew: 13th.

    David: 13th. Okay. We got that going.

    Andrew: We’ll see about Azareyeh Thomas and Evan Stewart. Both of those guys are rumored to doing something in October. We’ll see. Both of them have been back and forth. That’s all I got, David. I’m exhausted from talking about it. I ain’t going to lie. Had to be done. Had to be talked about. Guess what? We’ll be all right.

    David: We’ll be all right. At the end of the day, you can only play the next game. The next game is a noon game against Vanderbilt. Hopefully the Florida Gators can bounce back, and hopefully we get our wish, Andrew, and maybe they just blow them out, and we see some second-string guys in there. For Andrew Spivey and for David Soderquist, the GatorCountry.com podcast. You can follow me @SoderquistGC on Twitter, and you can follow Andrew Spivey @AndrewSpiveyGC on Twitter as well. That’ll wrap it up, folks, for this episode of the GatorCountry.com podcast. Go Gators.

    Raymond Hines
    Back when I was a wee one I had to decide if I wanted to live dangerously and become a computer hacker or start a website devoted to the Gators. I chose the Gators instead of the daily thrill of knowing my next meal might be at Leavenworth. No regrets, however. The Gators have been and will continue to be my addiction. What makes this so much fun is that the more addicted I become to the Florida Gators, the more fun I have doing innovative things to help bring all the Gator news that is news (and some that isn’t) to Gator fans around the world. Andy Warhol said we all have our 15 minutes of fame. Thanks to Gator Country, I’m working on a half hour. Thanks to an understanding daughter that can’t decide if she’s going to be the female version of Einstein, Miss Universe, President of the United States or a princess, I get to spend my days doing what I’ve done since Gus Garcia and I founded Gator Country back in 1996. Has it really been over a decade and a half now?