GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As reporters waited in Florida’s indoor practice facility for post-practice interviews Tuesday, junior cornerbacks Quincy Wilson and Jalen Tabor and senior safety Marcus Maye strolled in together announcing they had a “message from DBU.”
Wilson would do all the talking as his fellow defensive backs wandered off, letting the soft-spoken corner deliver a metaphorical message to Tennessee in advance of the No. 19-ranked Gators’ visit Saturday with the No. 14 Vols.
“Nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck. Florida Gators are going to win, simple as that,” Wilson said. “That’s it on that. Any other questions?”
Any questions? Well, yeah, just a few …
So is that a guarantee of victory?
“Yeah, we’re going to go out there and play Gator football and win,” Wilson said.
Wait, ducks? Like quacking?
“Like a quacking duck,” Wilson said.
So Tennessee is the duck in this scenario?
“Tennessee’s the duck and we’re the truck,” he said. “It’s just a metaphor.”
Where did that come from?
“I don’t know.”
Well, okay then.
The Gators are no doubt confident after the program has won the last 11 meetings in the rivalry with Tennessee. Tabor had some comments on that streak earlier in the summer and is usually the one more likely from the standout cornerback tandem to set social media off with a quote.
Florida has no doubt controlled the series, though. That’s a fact.
Even the last two years when it looked like the Vols were in position to snap the streak, Florida found a way to rally for a pair of one-point victories.
The 2015 meeting was especially painful for Tennessee as Florida got a go-ahead 63-yard touchdown pass from Will Grier to Antonio Callaway on fourth-and-14 to take a 28-27 lead with 1:26 remaining. The Vols then barely missed a 55-yard field goal in the final seconds.
“The past two years we’ve only won by one point so this rivalry’s alive and it’s going to be a good game,” Wilson said.
But again, one he is confident will go Florida’s way.
“I know what type of players we have on our team. I know what everybody can do, what we show in practice, how hard we go,” Wilson said. “I know that we can’t be stopped.”