Florida defensive lineman Princely Umanmielen. Left, sacks Missouri quarterback Brady Cook (12) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Umanmielen Looks for Strong Finish From Gators

Coming into the Gators matchup against No. 1 ranked Georgia, Florida controlled its own destiny in the SEC. The Gators looked for their first win against the Bulldogs since 2020 to continue their impressive season.

However, the Gators did not achieve that feat, as Georgia defeated Florida 43-20 on Saturday. In a press conference, Gators defensive end Princely Umanmielen addressed the disappointing loss to Georgia.

After their loss to Georgia, the Gators sit at 5-3 and fall to third place in the SEC East. Their SEC Championship hopes are bleak, but the Gators are looking for a strong finish in Billy Napier’s sophomore season.

Florida has not finished with a winning record since 2020 but are only two wins away from achieving that mark.

Umanmielen Talks Arkansas

Gators players, coaches and fans are obviously disappointed when the Gators suffer a discouraging loss. Umanmielen expressed that he does not want the purpose of the season to be forgotten after the loss. He stressed what the main goal for the Gators will continue to be this season.

After their most difficult matchup of the season, the Gators have a much more favorable matchup against Arkansas on Saturday. Sitting at 2-6, Arkansas is in last place in the SEC West and has yet to defeat an SEC opponent. Additionally, the Razorbacks will travel to The Swamp, where Florida has a 4-0 record on the year.

Despite the large disparity between difficulty of opponents, Umanmielen does not believe that the Gators should prepare any differently than they did for Georgia. He said that Florida needs to maintain a consistent mentality to properly prepare for each matchup.

Following the game against Arkansas, the Gators play LSU, Missouri and Florida State. The Gators sit one win away from bowl eligibility and will be looking for some momentum heading into the 2024 season where they currently have the No. 3 ranked recruiting class.

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