Who says this week would go without a bit of trash talk? With LB Channing Crowder and OG Shannon Snell muzzled from the media, it seemed no Florida players would step up with some unkind words for Georgia.
Enter TB Ciatrick Fason.
The redshirt sophomore said Tuesday he isn’t fond of the Bulldogs’ program because of some comments made during the recruiting process.
“I don’t care too much for Georgia,” Fason said. “I was raised in Georgia, but I kind of owe them a little something. When they were recruiting me, they told me I was too soft to play for them.”
Fason said Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner told him he wasn’t talented enough to play for the Bulldogs. The tailback never drew much interest from the program.
“It didn’t really matter,” Fason said. “I just kind of looked past them. I guess I committed here early so they tried to brush me off.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt said he didn’t recall such a situation ever occurring.
“I don’t remember that,” Richt said. “I don’t what to say about it. He’s a heck of a football player. I can tell you that. He’s fast. He’s allusive. He’s dangerous. He’s a very skilled football player.”
Fason ran for 92 yards and scored a touchdown in a 19-7 win against LSU. And last week, he ran for 98 yards and scored twice in a 33-28 win over Arkansas.
While the tailback started in place of senior Ran Carthon against the Razorbacks, Carthon will return to his starting role Saturday against Georgia. Nonetheless, Fason will continue to see snaps.
“Ciatrick was given an opportunity and has taken advantage of that chance,” Coach Ron Zook said. “He is a great person to be around.”
ANY SPOT WILL DO
Florida QB Gavin Dickey hasn’t given up on his quest to become the Gators’ starting quarterback. But he’s just getting antsy, and he wants to get back on the field however he can.
As a result, the redshirt freshman approached Zook about the possibility of playing another position for the first time since arriving at Florida.
Against Arkansas, Dickey was used on special teams in onside-kick situations. It’s the first time he has played a position other than quarterback since childhood.
"I haven't really played anywhere else," Dickey said. "Ever since pee-wee football, I've played quarterback. But I'm sure I could learn anything."
Dickey’s speed could also make him a potentially talented safety, although he said he hadn’t discussed such a move with coaches. Zook did say Dickey would be a capable return man on kickoffs.
Either way, the third-string quarterback just wants to get back on the field – somewhere, somehow.
"I've been removed from football for about two years now," Dickey said. "I'm just itching to get on the field anywhere possible."
Dickey, who also planned on joining Florida’s baseball team before the quarterback controversy heated up, said he hopes to reignite his baseball career in the spring. The centerfielder in high school was a potential candidate for the Major League Draft before committing to Florida.
Baseball coach Pat McMahon has remained open to allowing Dickey such an opportunity.
Florida OT Max Starks, who was best friends with Georgia CB Decory Bryant while the teammates attended Lake Highland Prep, said he was extremely saddened to hear about Bryant’s neck injury. Asked about him at Tuesday’s press luncheon, Starks held back tears. “Cory was one of my best friends in high school.” Starks said. “The situation last week was rather unfortunate. I've talked to all my coaches and my family. At least he is able to walk. I spent about 45 minutes on the phone just talking to family members. He's a really good friend of mine, and I'm going to miss playing against him this year.” Starks expected to talk to Bryant Tuesday evening.…Florida's homecoming game against Vanderbilt will kick off at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8. It will air on pay-per-view.