"I actually wish they did it, Florida one year at home and then in Jacksonville, then Georgia one year at home and then in Jacksonville". Grantham understands the importance of every play more than anybody, and he touched on that Monday.
Grantham isn't the only former Bulldog now wearing the orange-and-blue.
Now that he's on the opposite sideline, the game has that much more meaning to him.
Doug Ingram, a Ponte Vedra resident who is also not a fan of either team, said he thinks Georgia will win the big game by a score of 24-17. So, they're always bragging about Georgia. "I told them as long as we keep that same energy, we will keep doing good things". Linebackers David Reese and Rayshad Jackson expect a few punches to be thrown on Saturday, figuratively speaking of course. "It means a lot to all these guys out here". "When you see (offensive linemen) Solomon (Kindley) and Andrew (Thomas) come off the ball on a double team and move through and you see Cade (Mays) and Lamont (Gaillard) come off and double team people, that's our strength". But you know, he wants us to do it for ourselves.
Both Grantham and Robinson had success against the Gators in their time at Georgia.
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Grantham also coached a handful of current National Football League defensive players including Justin Houston, a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker for Kansas City and Geno Atkins, a five-time Pro Bowl lineman for Cincinnati.
9 Florida prepares for to play No. 7 Georgia on Saturday, the Gators aren't putting any extra attention on a top-10 matchup, the appearance of ESPN's College GameDay or any of the other hoopla surrounding the rivalry's biggest game in a decade.
Prior to the much-needed bye week, the Gators racked up 576 yards of offense at Vanderbilt in a 37-27 comeback win, giving Florida its third-highest total amount of yards since the 2010 season in the process. "It'll be a fistfight the whole time", Jackson said.
In a game that is sure to be close, special teams play could very well be the difference. The Bulldogs have allowed 12 sacks in seven games, but three in a loss at LSU. An aggressive defense, a strong running game, and the improvement from sophomore QB Feleipe Franks has spurred the Gainesville resurgence, and has the Gators right in the thick of the SEC, and College Football Playoff, race. Honestly, I think that results have helped that buy-in.