Florida defender says championship goals kept Gators together: 'Nobody was going to opt-out'
Around the country, various college football programs are missing top players who have opted-out of the 2020 season. At Florida, Dan Mullen’s Gators started camp with four high-profile absences, but they all returned to practice and shared that they were committed to playing in the fall. Edge-rusher Jeremiah Moon said the team’s championship goals kept players from opting-out.
“Nobody was going to opt-out. Everyone has a goal … to win the SEC and national championship,” Moon told reporters, per Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel.
Moon could be a key player in getting the Gators back to the SEC Championship for the first time since 2016. The redshirt senior BUCK is a potential starter on a defensive unit tasked with replacing standout pass-rushers Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga.
In July, Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy noted Moon lacks impressive stats but has flashed impressive physical talent.
“While it hasn’t translated into great stats yet, Florida OLB Jeremiah Moon is one of the most physically talented defenders in ‘21 draft,” Nagy tweeted. “Moon is [the] only guy we’ve seen so far that flashes high ceiling rush talent and can also run with [tight ends] down the seam.”
Florida has not made the final four since the College Football Playoff was introduced in the 2014 season. Last Saturday, all four FOX Sports “Big Noon Kickoff” analysts picked Florida to make the CFP in a season that was not expected to feature the Big Ten.