Florida linebacker David Reese referred to as out a few of his teammates for basically quitting throughout the Gators’ blowout loss to Missouri Tigers on Saturday.
“It’s sometimes disappointing when everybody doesn’t want to come together and just play for each other,” Reese stated after the 45-16 shellacking. “That’s sad to see. We’ve still got a lot to play for. Me personally and our defense we want to play for those guys. We can’t have appearances like we just had today. That’s unacceptable.”
Florida’s blowout loss got here lower than every week after head coach Jim McElwain and the college mutually determined to half methods following every week of controversy surrounding McElwain’s claims of members of the family and gamers receiving dying threats.
Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon was named interim coach and Notre Dame graduate switch Malik Zaire changed embattled starter Feleipe Franks at quarterback, however little modified for the Gators.
“I don’t think anybody coming to this university is going to accept losing,” Shannon stated. “I do not badume anybody going to compete goes to just accept dropping. It’s our job that these guys do not settle for it and play exhausting.
“Never have to fret about guys trying out. Somebody needs to play within the sport. If a man’s going to take a look at, simply go to the subsequent man. You’ve simply bought to maintain enjoying, maintain teaching. Now should you take a look at as a coach? That’ll go all the way down to the gamers.”
Against a struggling Mizzou protection that was permitting 453 yards and 35.eight factors per sport, Florida registered simply 349 yards and 17 first downs. Defensively, the Gators surrendered 455 yards, together with 227 on the bottom.
Mizzou entered the day averaging 143.5 speeding yards a sport.
“I simply wish to say one factor: We liked each single one in every of our coaches that is been by way of right here,” Reese said. “It’s unlucky what’s occurred to them. I hate the way in which we represented our coaches like that right now with this sport. Those guys are actually look after us and gave us an actual good sport plan to do what we needed to do.”
With the loss, the Gators have misplaced 4 straight and dropped to Three-5 on the season. It additionally marked the fourth straight sport through which the Gators have scored lower than 20 factors, their longest such streak since 1988. The 29-point loss was its largest in opposition to a workforce that entered with a dropping report since 1946 (Mizzou was Three-5).
“It wasn’t as private for us because it ought to have been,” Reese stated.
Florida, which had gained back-to-back SEC Eastern Division titles underneath McElwain, is in peril of lacking the postseason for the second time in 5 seasons. The Gators journey to South Carolina subsequent week and end the common season with residence video games in opposition to UAB and Florida State.
Said Shannon: “Our mind-set is that we’ll go in subsequent week, go as much as Columbia and beat South Carolina.”