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Linebackers A.J. Jones and Brandon Hicks, both seniors, have seen their playing time diminish, too. The defensive line has been equally baffling, with seniors Justin Trattou, Duke Lemmens, Lawrence Marsh and Terron Sanders failing to stop running games and pressure quarterbacks.
The Gators have allowed 196 yards rushing a game in their four losses. They also have 20 sacks, half their total from last season, and are on pace for the program’s lowest in Meyer’s tenure.
There have been a few senior bright spots.
Safety Ahmad Black leads the team with 93 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He’s the team’s best tackler and arguably their best player. Not bad for someone Meyer deemed too slow to play in the Southeastern Conference as a freshman.
“I regret nothing about this whole ride,” Black said. “I enjoyed everything about it. I met some great people, some great players. I’m just enjoying it. I’m just living the moment. I’m having a lot of fun. It’s probably the most fun year I’ve had here. It’s sad that it’s coming to an end.”
Punter Chas Henry leads the nation in punting (47.4) and kicked a 37-yard field goal to beat Georgia in overtime last month.
“We are awful proud of these guys,” Meyer said. “I love these guys. Obviously this season has been full of speed bumps and adversity, and I would let you know if I didn’t believe we have a good senior class.”
Good, maybe. Certainly not great.
Nonetheless, the seniors have a chance to turn things around in their home finale.
“Yeah, it’ll obviously be an emotional day,” center Mike Pouncey said. “It’s tough for me because I feel like I gave it my all for this program and it just (stinks) to end it on a note like this, but I want to finish the season out strong with a couple more wins.”
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