GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson, normally the understated one of the Gators’ standout corner tandem, had social media buzzing Tuesday evening after his deep metaphorical message to Tennessee.
“Nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck. Florida Gators are going to win, simple as that,” Wilson said Tuesday.
As he explained, No. 14 Tennessee is the duck in that scenario and the No. 19 Gators, winners of the last 11 meetings in the series, would be the truck as the teams prepare to meet in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday.
During his weekly appearance on the SEC coaches teleconference on Wednesday, Florida head coach Jim McElwain was asked for his reaction to Wilson’s comments.
“You know, somebody told me about that. That’s a classic right there. I’ve got to find out what the heck that means,” McElwain quipped. “I guess I have watched an Aflac commercial, but I’ve never seen that duck do it, so I don’t know.”
Does he like his players showing that kind of confidence leading into a big rivalry game?
“I haven’t really (heard what he said) other than bits and pieces. But hey look, these guys (are) who they are. I’m not into censorship,” McElwain said. “You know, you better go back it up, I guess, whatever he said.”
Florida defensive backs coach Torrian Gray met with reporters on Wednesday, and naturally, he was also asked about his outspoken cornerbacks.
“Hahaha. I have not seen a duck pull a truck,” he said. “… Coach (Chris) Rumph was trying to explain to me what that means.”
In general, though, he’s okay with the outspoken nature of his position group, and he emphasized that even as big personalities they maintain a great chemistry together.
“You want your guys to be confident. How else are you going to answer certain questions. We’re not going to say we’re not going to win,” Gray said. “You want to have confidence. We’re confident in how we’re preparing, so we’ll see on Saturday.”