Florida RB Jordan Scarlett reflects on Missouri loss being a 'reality check'
Jordan Scarlett had one of his worst games of the season Saturday in Florida’s home loss to Missouri.
The Gators’ running back was held to six carries for 33 yards, and after the 38-17 loss, Scarlett agreed with coach Dan Mullen’s assessment that it was a “reality check.” Scarlett said a lot of guys thought they were better than they were, and now Florida must come back and work harder.
Florida looked to bounce back from a tough loss to Georgia in Jacksonville, but came out flat, and couldn’t gain a spark. Mullen benched QB Feleipe Franks in favor of QB Kyle Trask, but it didn’t change much of the momentum.
“Obviously didn’t want it to end like that in The Swamp,” Scarlett said shortly after the game, according to Swamp 247. “They had a better game, they executed better.”
Scarlett outlined a host of ways Florida could improve, starting with holding one another more accountable, and to practice and play better. He even said some teammates on certain plays go through the motions, and they simply need to work harder.
“Even when you feel like you wanna go through the motions you gotta push yourself to that point to just strain, give it all you got cause you’re only gonna be practicing for an hour and a half, just give it all you got and you know, make the best of that day,” he said.
One of Mullen’s statements after the game was how Florida needs to be competitive in everything it does, on the field or otherwise. Mullen said it when he first arrived as Florida’s coach, and Scarlett understands it.
“Yea man he does all the time and you know at the end of the day we guys that are playing football, we gotta wanna play for yourself and the name on the back of your jersey and the program you represent,” Scarlett said. “A lot of people wanna come in here and beat the Gators all the time and if we don’t have enough passion to come out here and play for these Gators then why (are) you on the team? But I feel like that’s something we should be playing for, for the Gators, for yourself, and you know for the seniors… it’s their last go around.”
The Gators get their next chance when South Carolina visits on Saturday.