The Florida Gators have made use of good luck in this 2017 football season. No Gator has arguably made more of his good fortune than Freddie Swain did on Saturday against Vanderbilt, though.
As Feleipe Franks — only playing because of an injury to Luke Del Rio — uncorked a rocketed throw, it seemed off target. But then it glanced off a Vanderbilt defender, and Swain made one of the best plays ever made in The Swamp.
Swain’s catch covered 33 yards, and set up Florida with first and goal for the second time in the second half. Three plays later, Malik Davis had punched in the Gators’ fourth rushing touchdown of the day — and Florida had its first two-touchdown lead of the fall.
And Franks, who was closer to a headset than the field at kickoff, had led Florida to three scores — more than the two Del Rio mustered in his injury-abbreviated start.
Sometimes, being lucky is good.