Florida players run stadiums as punishment for LSU home loss
Florida players recently had to run stadiums, touching every step of The Swamp, as part of offseason workouts.
Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports writes that the stadium run was for losing to LSU at home last season. Mullen put the rule in effect when he returned to UF as head coach ahead of the 2018 season. In 2019, the Gators managed a perfect home record and they did not have to do the stadium run last year. This past season, Florida fell to LSU in a shocking upset in the final home game of 2020.
Even players who weren’t members of the 2020 team had to take part in the stadium run. Grad transfer defensive lineman Antonio Shelton from Penn State tweeted about the run, saying he couldn’t feel his legs after.
Update: I can’t feel my legs. https://t.co/lCisSIIvML
— Antonio Valentino (@_groovy55) June 18, 2021
Others, though, were dancing in the locker room after the run. Defensive lineman Gervon Dexter posted a clip to TikTok.
@gervondexterThe run was no joke tho 😭#floridagators #PerfectAsWeAre #viral #funny♬ original sound – Gervon Dexter
The run seemed to serve its purpose. Redshirt freshman defensive back Kamar Wilcoxson tweeted about wanting it to be the last time he has to run The Swamp steps.
my last one too we can’t go for that no more 😂 https://t.co/qsuEyXDQjC
— M A R 🃏 (@KamarWilcoxson4) June 18, 2021
Wilcoxson should hope that Mullen doesn’t go back to the Urban Meyer-era rule. Former Florida safety Ahmad Black responded to Shelton saying Gator players used to have to run stadium steps for every loss from the season before.
Lol try doing it for every game you’ve lost the season before. Then come tell us about it…good luck https://t.co/6HuOhoy9MP
— ahmad black (@ahmadblack35) June 18, 2021