Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trash Talk It's All Coming from Florida

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trash Talk It's All Coming from Florida

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GAINESVILLE -- The trash can was kicked over yesterday.

University of Florida football players were throwing garbage


Three days before one of the biggest college football games of

the season, Florida players kicked up the intensity by taking

verbal shots at Tennessee players.

Players ripped Tennessee All-America quarterback Peyton Manning

and other Volunteers, and another Florida player guaranteed


"We're going to win," Gators tailback Fred Taylor said.

"There's no doubt about it. They can't beat us. They know they


And that was the most tame statement of the afternoon. After

months of hearing and reading about Tennessee and Manning --

and saying they weren't going to get into a verbal war like last

season -- a few Florida players let it fly yesterday.

Even Florida coach Steve Spurrier got in on the action. After

being told the Vols spent last Saturday practicing, he was asked

what he did Saturday. Spurrier replied: "The waves were nice at

Crescent Beach."

When told after practice of Taylor's comment, Spurrier said,

"Fred's comments were out of line for our team. I can assure you

none of us would say that. Nobody knows who's going to win."

Most of the Florida jabs, though, were aimed at Manning, who

has said one of the reasons he returned to Tennessee was to play

for the Southeastern Conference championship.

"I think Peyton Manning is highly overrated," UF tackle Mo

Collins said. "Tennessee, they're taking the attention away from

their team and putting it on one player. There's no `i' in team.

Tennessee as a whole is a good team, but Peyton Manning can't

win a game by himself."

Florida linebacker Mike Peterson said: "[Former UF quarterback]

Danny [Wuerffel] was a great player. I don't know if Peyton is

on that level, but he's getting the kind of publicity Danny


The third-ranked Gators (2-0) have won four consecutive games

over the Vols (2-0), and four consecutive SEC championships.

Even though UF is defending national champion, Tennessee has

been picked to win the SEC and national championships by a few

preseason magazines. …

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