Devin Moore returns an interception in the Gators' 29-16 win over Tennessee Saturday. Photo courtesy of Molly Kaiser.

Cornerback Devin Moore’s interception key in Gators’ win

Florida sophomore cornerback Devin Moore spoke to the media Monday about his first career interception, his relationship with players and coaches and what makes this team different from last year.

Interception Against Tennessee

Moore notched the first interception of his collegiate career in Florida’s 29-16 win over Tennessee last Saturday.

Up 12-7 with the Volunteers in their own territory, Moore picked off Tennessee quarterback Joe Milton and returned it 39 yards, shifting the momentum back to No. 25 Florida (2-1, 1-0 SEC).

Even though Moore claimed his prize, he made sure to give credit to his defensive line.

Relationship with Team

Moore highlighted the relationship between the younger and older players on the team.

He said the veterans set an example for the younger players, and they follow the work ethic and commitment standards the older players have set.

Moore also praised defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong, who is in his first season with the UF program. Moore described Armstrong as a “best friend” off the field and highlighted the “good vibes” he brings.

Moore said his relationships with older teammates and Armstrong helped him with his transition to playing college football.

Difference in the Team

One of the biggest differences between this year’s team and last year’s, according to Moore, is the ability to handle success.

This year the team has focused on “staying grounded” and moving on to the next opponent after a Saturday win, Moore said.

Moore highlighted the depth the Gators have at their disposal. He praised the team’s ability to rotate players and the lack of a drop-off in talent whenever these rotations were made.

Against Tennessee (2-1, 0-1) at The Swamp, the defense was on the field for much longer in the second half than the first. Moore praised the team’s depth for its ability to keep the players fresh during defensive rotations.

Moore and the Florida defense are back in action against Charlotte (1-2) starting at 7 p.m. Saturday in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. TV coverage will be on SEC Network+ and ESPN 98.1-FM/850-AM WRUF.

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