Vols-Gators: Dawgs are watching
Chris Leak
Chris Leak
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Posted Sep 14, 2005


ATHENS – After Georgia has its way with lowly Louisiana-Monroe Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs will have an interested eye cocked towards the tube to watch the SEC Game of the Week between Florida and Tennessee.

The Gators host the Vols in the season’s most pivotal game in the SEC so far. The winner of this game has gone on to win all but a handful of the SEC’s Eastern Division titles since 1992. Kickoff is at 8PM, well after the Dawgs are done with their day.

So when two of your biggest rivals play what do you do? One thing is certain – you watch the game closely.

“I will sit back and probably not move the entire game,” said quarterback D.J. Shockley.

“I know that we are going to want to watch it – I think that’s going to be a good game,” said cornerback Paul Oliver. “Watching it, I know, is going to get me geeked up.”

Different players will be watching for different things when the Gators and Vols square off; mainly related to their position. That will cut into the enjoyment of watching a good game according to Shockley.

“It’s hard to watch it, because instead of watching the game for fun you are watching what they are doing,” said Shockley, who added that he will be keeping a close eye on the coverages of both defenses.

“I’ll try to watch the game and think of it like we are playing them,” said fullback Brannon Southerland. “What sort of linebackers am I going to be hitting – what sorts of blitzes are they coming with? That’s the sort of stuff I will be looking at.”

Who will win the game? That was something a little more difficult to get out of the Dawgs.

“I don’t know who is going to win that game,” said Oliver.

“I really don’t know who is going to win because I haven’t seen much of either of them this year so far,” said running back Thomas Brown. “I think it’s going to be a tossup. We’ve got to play both of them anyway.”

“I think both teams are for real, but that’s a tough one to pick,” said punter Gordon Ely-Kelso. “If I had to pick, I’d go with Florida.”

“I think it’s going to be close, but I think Tennessee is going to pull it out because of the extra week of practice they had coming into the game,” Southerland said.

No matter the outcome, one thing is certain: The Dawgs won’t be pulling for one team over the other.

“I don’t cheer for either of them,” said Oliver sternly.

When asked about a perfect case scenario for the game Brown said with a smile: “Can they both lose? I don’t think that’s possible, but that would be great.”


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