Senior center and team leader Mike Pouncey said Monday that the Gators’ four-loss season has revealed that some players are playing harder than others.
“I don’t know what the issue is,” he said. “Obviously, you’ve got players out there who give it their all and want to win. And you have guys that drift away during the course of a game.
“There are people who drift away when things aren’t going right. You look after the game and start realizing it. It is (frustrating). It’s human nature. When things aren’t going people’s way, that’s what happens. The only thing you can do is do your job. That’s what our whole agenda was (this season) — do your job and try to make us a better program, a better team, and give it everything you have.”
Pouncey admitted it has been a disappointing season, but giving up or drifting away has never been an option.
“I bleed orange and blue. I’d never give up on this program, this team,” he said. “We’ve got two or three more games left and that’s what my main focus is on. We want to send the seniors out on the right note, especially for the guys who gave their life to the program.
“It’s tough for me. I felt I gave my all for this program. It sucks to end on a note like this, but I want us to come out strong with a couple of more wins. I’ve learned a lot this year. I’ve been through a lot of adversity, just fighting through it. It’s made me a better person.”
Pouncey was asked if the Gators’ three-game home losing streak would take anything away from Senior Day on Saturday against Appalachian State.
“I think in most people’s aspect it does,” he said. “For a guy who gave his life to this program, it doesn’t. We’ve obviously accomplished a lot in four years. This weekend is going to mean the world to me.”