Gators refreshingly honest (and potentially delusional) with the media this week
In a refreshing change of pace, Florida has decided to be more open with the media following their 41-11 loss to No. 1 LSU.
It all started Saturday when a reporter asked Gators sophomore fullback Trey Burton which defense was better -- the Tigers or the Crimson Tide?
"Alabama's hands down a lot better," Burton said. "A lot more physical, just tougher guys.
"If I had to pick one to not go against, it'd definitely be Alabama."
And Burton took the comparison even further, commenting on the ability of LSU's vaunted secondary, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu.
"They're not as good as advertised," Burton said. "I think the D-linemen and front seven is really, really good."
It turns out that Honey Badger takes offense to its victims discounting the Honey Badger's ferocity.
Mathieu fired back at Burton via Twitter, posting the following:
"I love the fact that Trey Burton from Florida opens his mouth and say OUR SECONDARY is not good, lol Boy you are Soft as cotton! #1Lsu"
Moving on to Monday, the honesty continued as senior running back Chris Rainey said a lot without speaking much.
On the Gators' last two opponents -- the top two teams in the nation that just outscored UF 79-23 combined in the past two weeks -- Rainey said, "I felt we was better than them."
Poor grammar aside, saying that borders on idiotic.
However, at least Rainey is open about his feelings, which is something that the media certainly appreciates after weeks of the team's tight-lipped attitude.
Rainey also commented on the quarterback situation in Gainesville, revealing that he knew as early as Monday that true freshman Jacoby Brissett would be the starter against LSU in place of injured gunslingers John Brantley, a redshirt senior, and Jeff Driskel, a true freshman.
It turns out that Will Muschamp and Co. did actually dance around the quarterback question all last week when the decision had seemingly been made by the time practice was under way Monday.
Furthermore, Rainey added that Brissett was calm throughout Saturday's contest in Baton Rouge and that the Dwyer (FL) graduate was "more ready" than Driskel when the latter signal-caller entered the blowout against the Crimson Tide.
Brissett has already been announced as the starter for this weekend's road tilt against No. 24 Auburn, so either Driskel and Brantley have injuries more severe than just the typical sprained ankle or there's a quarterback controversy brewing in The Swamp.
Given Muschamp's reluctance to share more information than the required minimum, I will put my money on the former, but the latter just seems way more exciting.
Here's to increased honesty and more media appearances from Burton and Rainey from here on out.
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Photo by Bill Hager, Associated Press