The Bulldogs should be heavily favored going into their upcoming contest against Florida but senior cornerback Aaron Davis knows the Gators cannot be taken lightly.
In fact, the Bulldogs have lost their last three contests against the SEC East rival, Florida, including their loss in the 2014 season, which they came into the game ranked ninth in the country versus an unranked Gators team. This game is always close and any team can win it so the Bulldogs cannot let the Gators fly under the radar.
Davis understands this and as one of the seniors who has never beaten Florida, Davis knows that they cannot take the Gators lightly.
“They’re dangerous every year; Florida’s a great team. That’s no one to sleep on,” said Davis. “No one is thinking we’ve already passed them, we know they’re going to bring their game.”
You can probably count on one hand the number of players on the 2017 Georgia team that were around during the Dog’s last victor over Florida, a three-point 23-20 victory on November 2nd, 2013. Yes. There are a few fifth-year seniors and graduate student-athletes that were freshmen on that 2013 Bulldog team like noseguard John Atkins, linebacker Davin Bellamy, offensive lineman Aulden Bynum, linebacker Reggie Carter, defensive back Aaron Davis, tight end Jordan Davis, long snapper Trent Frix, and quarterback Brice Ramsey, but none of those eight Dogs played versus Florida in that 2013 game.
With not a single player on this Georgia team having earned a victory against the Gators, regardless of record, this will be a huge test for the number three team in the country. Davis will have one of the tougher jobs as the Gators have a very talented group of wide receivers and a quarterback with one of the strongest arms, according to head coach Kirby Smart. However, Davis mentioned that stopping the run will be a group effort for the team.
“We definitely have to emphasize, as far as stopping the run, it’s gonna take all eleven guys, not just the d-line, not just the linebackers, but the secondary too. We have to be good in making our tackles and making sure we wrap up and gang tackle,” said Davis. “Like I said They make explosive plays, so they get you worried about the run, then they use their athletes to go over the top.”
Although the Bulldogs may be favored going into this game, Davis and the Bulldogs defense will definitely be challenged in this upcoming matchup.
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