Florida players, coaches motivated for Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide spoke on Monday about the big game against Florida, but what did the Gators have to say about Alabama? This AP article below provides the details. Here are a couple of choice quotes showing the Florida enthusiasm for playing Alabama.

“It’s definitely one of the most anticipated games of my career,” Florida defensive end Justin Trattou said on Monday. “It’s definitely one of the most anticipated games in the country. I’m real excited to get into it.”

About the loss in 2009: “Ever since that game, it’s unexplainable. I wanted it back so bad,” Florida linebacker Brandon Hicks said of last December’s meeting. “That game hurt so bad because we felt we were good enough, we had the team to win. But we didn’t execute everything that we were supposed to and we took it on ourselves that our preparation wasn’t right.”

Added center Mike Pouncey: “Any loss hurts, but when you lose for a championship, it’s more devastating.”

It sounds like Florida has used the championship game as motivation. It worked for Alabama following the 2008 game. Will it work for Florida this time around? Check the AP story below for more details. And to see what Alabama had to say about Florida you can read Nick Saban’s transcript here.