Don’t expect a Gator letdown Saturday at Vanderbilt

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Former Florida Gator tight end and current Gator radio sideline reporter Tate Casey joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville. The conversation started with a discussion of the team’s win over LSU.

“It was a big one,” Casey told 1010XL. “It was a great atmosphere and The Swamp was cranking last weekend.

“The one thing I noticed this past weekend that was a little bit different from years’ prior is that was the first game since Ole Miss in 2015 where we had that true Swamp atmosphere. Dan Mullen challenged the fans and the fans showed up, they accepted the challenge. The players also answered the bell and it was a big game because of them. The product on the field the last few weeks has been awesome to watch.

“It just goes to show you that they are building something. We know this was going to be a process with Dan Mullen. He knew what was in front of him and he knew what he had to do with these players, but I think we are starting to see a lot more buy in a lot earlier than most people would expect.”

Casey praised the Gators fourth-quarter effort, praising members of the coaching staff who don’t always receive credit.

“The one thing I have noticed that has certainly been a huge difference in the fourth-quarter is the strength and conditioning,” Casey said. “I think a lot of people take that for granted.

“Nick Savage and his crew have done an absolutely amazing job on that culture change we always talk about. That starts in the off-season, in the winter time, back when Dan Mullen stepped on campus. That’s the initial buy-in and, honestly, you have a hard time winning games if you don’t buy-in right then and there.

“When you watch the fourth-quarter, we just went back to playing Gator football in the fourth quarter. Those are the kind of games you love playing in as a Florida Gator in The Swamp against LSU and you want it to come down to the fourth-quarter.”

Casey was asked what he has seen from starting quarterback Feleipe Franks to this point in the season.

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