Florida native Josh Grady went from believing nothing could top beating the Florida Gators (7-1, 5-1 SEC) in the Swamp to craving a win over the Vanderbilt Commodores (3-5, 1-3 SEC), his former team.
This one game separates Grady from playing in the SEC championship, something he never had the opportunity to do at Vanderbilt. He played in the SEC for five years, and he spent four of those standing on the sideline at Vanderbilt, playing in only 11 games.
Grady, now the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart with the absence of Will Grier, is eager for vengeance, although seeing his old teammates will spark a lot of mixed feelings.
“It will have some emotion to it,” Grady said, according to Jacksonville.com’s Garry Smits. “But at the same time, I’m a Florida Gator now and my only mission Saturday is to win. I love a lot of the guys on the other side. But in between the white lines, I have love for the Gators.”
Grady yearns for the opportunity to take the field with his old teammates. However, this time he’ll be playing for the team he’s always longed to be a part of.
“I’ve really been a Gator my whole life,” Grady said, per Smits.
He finally made his way back home in his last season in the SEC, and only one win separates him from the finish line, an SEC Championship.