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Chomping at Bits: Florida remaining optimistic after loss

We’ll see how the Gators respond.

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Gators trying to stay hopeful and positive after loss: Florida was humbled after their second half collapse at Tennessee, but the Gators are remaining optimistic that they can bounce back and still have a successful season. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Patrick Pinak, Independent Florida Alligator; Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald; Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Jim McElwain and several Gators spoke to the media after the loss:

You may notice that every player mentioned that all of Florida’s previous national championship teams had one loss, something that Jim McElwain pointed out to them after the game.

Tennessee’s win over Florida wasn’t what you think it was: Among other things, Florida’s defense was actually the beneficiary of several bad drops by Volunteer wide receivers in the first half. (David Wunderlich, Team Speed Kills)

Austin Appleby plays well in his first start: Appleby shined in the first half against Tennessee. He finished the day 23-of-39 for 296 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Florida’s defense collapsed in the second half: The defense spent a lot of time on the field after halftime. Players noted that communication breakdowns and unforced mental errors led to busted coverages. (Graham Hall, Gainesville Sun; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Some former Gators making one handed catches (and interceptions):

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