Florida wastes no time in giving Georgia football bulletin board material

Warren McClendon blocks Brenton Cox Jr. during a game against Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Warren McClendon blocks Brenton Cox Jr. during a game against Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Regarding it, Georgia football and Florida do not need much motivation for their annual meeting in Jacksonville.

This rivalry is ingrained in players’ minds as soon as they first step foot on their respective campuses. Many Dawg fans consider Florida as Georgia’s biggest rival and vice versa.

These two teams first met in 1904 (1915, if you ask the Gators) and have played every year since 1926, with the exception of 1943 due to World War II. The game has had many names over the years: Georgia-Florida, Florida-Georgia, World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, and the River City Showdown (we can forget about that last one).

Some of the most memorable moments in Georgia football history have occurred against the Gators, such as Buck Belue’s touchdown pass to Lindsay Scott in 1980 and the iconic “Gator Stomp” celebration in 2007. This matchup is always anticipated every year, regardless of the records of each team at the time.

Georgia football adds more bulletin board material from the Gators.

That being said, Georgia players already have some bulletin board material for their 2022 matchup with Florida. Former Bulldog and current Gator linebacker Brenton Cox Jr., who announced his return to Florida back in January, posted some fighting words on his Instagram story yesterday:

This is not the first time Cox has been vocal before the Georgia-Florida game. In a 2020 interview with 1st and Ten Florida, he said that this game would be “personal” to him while also expressing how he couldn’t wait for Florida to get a win. He went on to record three tackles in a 44-28 rout of Georgia that year.

Since that game, Florida has had an overall record of 10-10, while Georgia has gone 18-1.

Cox committed to Georgia as part of the 2018 recruiting class. He played in 13 games as a true freshman before transferring to Florida in 2019.

He will not be the only former Bulldog on the Gators that day. Defensive back Jalen Kimber announced his decision to transfer to Florida a few days after the national championship game.

With all due respect to Cox, Kimber, Billy Napier, and the rest of the Gators, “animal cruelty” likely won’t happen to the Dawgs when these two teams play.

Despite losing key talents to the NFL, Georgia is returning several contributors from the 2021 National Championship season, such as Brock Bowers, Nolan Smith, Jalen Carter, Kelee Ringo, and Stetson Bennett, who out-ran Cox on a play in last year’s game:

There will be enough talent on this team to potentially carry Georgia to a second straight College Football Playoff appearance. Florida, meanwhile, has a rebuild on its hands as they try to become an SEC and National title contender once again.

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I’m sure we will hear about this again as we get closer to the showdown between these two SEC rivals. Georgia fans, players, and coaches don’t forget about things like this.

The Georgia-Florida game is set for October 29th at 3:30 p.m. It will be aired on CBS.