Auburn to Florida transfer Daquan Newkirk compares rivalries with Georgia
Daquan Newkirk received a taste of one of some the most bitter rivalries in college football as a member of the defensive line at Auburn. The Iron Bowl vs. Alabama topped them all, but there’s also the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry vs. Georgia.
Following the firing of Gus Malzahn, Newkirk opted to enter the transfer portal, with the Orlando native opting to play closer to home and selecting Florida. On Saturday, he’ll face Georgia again, this time in the Cocktail Party as the Gators do battle with the No. 1 Bulldogs in Jacksonville.
According to Rivals.com’s Nick de la Torre, Newkirk had some interesting thoughts about whether the Cocktail Party or the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry is bigger.
“I honestly think the rivalry here is even bigger here than it was at Auburn. At Auburn our biggest rival is Alabama,” he said.
Newkirk won’t have much argument there. Although the Bulldogs and Tigers have had a long-standing intra-divisional rivalry, there always seems to be an extra edge when the Bulldogs and Gators, SEC East opponents, face each other in Jacksonville each year.
This year, Newkirk and the Gators will be out to knock the Dawgs from the ranks of the unbeaten while making it 2 straight wins in the series. While the Gators will be a big underdog, they’ll look to spring an upset and put a dent in what’s been a terrific season for Georgia thus far.