Ryan Johnson: The Florida game 'means everything'

Ryan Johnson: The Florida game 'means everything'

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Ryan Johnson: The Florida game 'means everything'

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee and Florida rivalry week has kicked off and UT players met with media to talk about the game.

Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Ryan Johnson, from Brentwood, Tenn., says the Florida game means everything and understands the magnitude of the game.

“I can remember when I was three years old, this is the rivalry everybody talks about – UT and Florida,” Johnson said. “This is the game that I’ve always loved to play in. When I was a kid, this is where I wanted to be.

“I wanted to be a Tennessee football player playing Florida at home. This means everything to me. It’s huge. I know it means a lot to Vol Nation and I’m really excited about this game.”

From 1990-2001, both the Vols and Gators faced-off as Top 10 ranked teams nine times. First-year head coaches Jeremy Pruitt and Dan Mullen are trying to restore both schools to Top Ten status after taking over four-win teams in 2017.

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