The Florida Gators are set to host an improved Arkansas squad in The Swamp on Saturday. After only managing to scrounge together four wins a year ago, the Razorbacks have already compiled three through the first five games of first-year coach Bret Bielema’s tenure.
Gators defensive lineman Damien Jacobs, however, does not believe the increased level of play is entirely due to hard work. Speaking to reporters on on Tuesday, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior gave Bielema and his prized offensive line some bulletin board material.
Is Jacobs pulling a Phil Jackson and trying to play mind games with his opponents – and possibly trying to warn the refs early to watch for anything the Hogs may try to pull?
If so, he probably could have just ended there. However, Jacobs was not finished. Calling Arkansas’ offensive line “a little dirty,” is one thing. However, Jacobs went on to call out the best player on it, center Travis Swanson.
“I just see, from film, a lot of stuff after the play, especially with the center, No. 64 …” Jacobs said. “He makes you want to do something to him. We’re gonna have to try to keep our temper and keep cool on that.”
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Swanson has started every one of the 43 games he has played in as a Razorback, and earned Second Team All-SEC honors a year ago. He is only the 11th players in the history of the Arkansas program to be named a captain in consecutive seasons.
Jacobs and the rest of Florida’s vaunted defensive front was going to have its hands full before he spoke to the media. Dominique Easley, the best on the team at the position and one of the best in the nation, is out for the year with a torn ACL.
Swanson now has extra motivation to pave the way for the SEC’s leading rusher at the moment, true freshman Alex Collins.
We as fans now have extra motivation to watch the battle in the trenches unfold in front of 90,000-plus screaming fans under the lights of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
[H/T: CBS Sports]