Florida week: ‘It's not about the team opposite of us, it's always about ourselves’

Florida week: ‘It's not about the team opposite of us, it's always about ourselves’

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Florida week: ‘It's not about the team opposite of us, it's always about ourselves’

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee is set to open SEC play this week by hosting Florida.

The talk of Florida began following the 24-0 win over UTEP.

Wide receiver Brandon Johnson understands the magnitude of the rivalry game among fans, but for the UT team it is another week with the same preparation as any other opponent.

“You can always feel the atmosphere change around you as far as the fans,” Johnson said of Florida week. “As for us, nothing changes. Preparation is the same.

“The mindset doesn’t change because the mindset should never change depending on the opponent that we play.”

Defensive back Baylen Buchanan mentioned that Jeremy Pruitt preaches that no matter the opponent, it is about Tennessee and not the other team.

“Coach Pruitt preaches all the time that it’s not about the team opposite of us, it’s always about ourselves,” Buchanan said. “So, we are going to have to come in Monday ready to play, ready to practice, ready to prepare.”

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