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UF quotebook

Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000

Coach Steve Spurrier, on the win against Georgia: "It wasn't easy. It wasn't as easy as sometimes you think it might be."

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Spurrier on the performance of redshirt freshman quarterback Rex Grossman: "He's got a lot to learn. I know you guys already made him out to be a Heisman candidate, but he's got a lot to learn."

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Defensive coordinator Jon Hoke, on cornerback Lito Sheppard's 61-yard interception return: "I couldn't believe he went that far. I was tired just watching him."

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Grossman, on his two interceptions to start the game: "I'm proud of the rest of the team. I got them into a hole to start the game, and they really helped me out."

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Linebacker Travis Harris, on Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter: "He showed a lot of heart. When he was laying on the ground, I didn't think he was going to be able to come back. But I know Quincy, and I knew he was going to come back in the game."

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Defensive tackle Gerard Warren, on jawing with Carter: "I don't feel like I got in his head, but he knew we were coming every down."

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Grossman: "It was a fun atmosphere, and I wanted to play well. I think that kind of got to me."

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Defensive end Alex Brown, on what the defensive performance showed people: "It showed that we're for real. Not many people thought we were going to win the game. This was our chance to make a statement -- and we did that."

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Spurrier, on Georgia wanting to move the game from Jacksonville: "I can't speak for them. There was no problem prior to 1990 with them coming here. We didn't hear about the home-field advantage until a loud-mouthed coach from Florida started talking about it. They had their time here, and now we're enjoying our time."

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