Many of the Gators' seniors had the tone of the Florida-Georgia rivalry set for them in 2007 when the Bulldogs rushed the field after scoring their first touchdown of the game. For linebacker Brandon Hicks, it's more personal. He wants to make up for last year's annual border war when the left game hurt.
On Monday the Jacksonville native discussed what the rivalry means to him and the state of a team looking to snap a three-loss streak.
On if he's seen changes in practice:
"I would say yes. It's been definitely more focused, more accountability - not just from sides of the ball but position groups as well as individual players. We've all taken great accountability for each other. We know the techniques we have to accomplish and the plays we have to get done."
On the Bulldogs' high-scoring offense as of late:
"Georgia has a great, sound offense. They have players that can make plays like AJ Green, he's a great receiver. We're going to try to go ahead and do what we do best - try and stop the run first off, try to stop the pass, then eventually shut down the offense. It's not going to be an easy task, every week has been kind of tough for us. We had a bye week. We feel we got all the kinks out. We're ready to go ahead and try to go through Georgia."
"He looks like a pretty sound quarterback. He can run and pass the ball which is a dual threat. Sometimes it's probably (a challenge) for a lot of teams, but we've seen quarterbacks like that already through our season playing South Florida - B.J. Daniels he was a pretty good quarterback. It's not going to be anything much different it's going to be more game planning and us taking the effort to watch film on him."
On if an 0-7 team would approach playing Georgia the same way:
"As a senior, that's probably how I would take it. Going into your last year you don't want to lose to a rival team. No matter how many games you lose you figure, 'OK, I do not want to lose to a rival team.' You think about it hard and each game you go out there and play harder and it feels you got to push out a little bit extra and just keep going to the point of no return where you put out the most effort you ever have."
On what it means going back to Jacksonville:
"For me personally? A lot because that's my hometown. A lot of people will be watching. I'm going to finally be out there. Last year I got injured. I was kind of disappointed about that, but this year is going to be different. I'm finally going to get to play - God willing play the whole game. I get to show the world what I can do, even my home team. "
On his Florida-Georgia memories:
"My memory?everybody thinks it's when they (Georgia) came out on the field and did all those things, but my memory I felt that was worse than that was last year when I finally started and got to play and like the second or third play I pulled my hamstring and I was out for the rest of the game. So that was a hurtful memory and I want to get back to that point where I'm good now - where I can play 100-percent. I'm ready to go out and play as much as I can as hard as I can."