Will Muschamp said in his post-game press conference that he expected LB Darrin Kitchens to be OK following a collision on the opening kickoff of the second half.
The collision left Kitchens motionless on the ground in what was perhaps one of the scariest moments in recent memory at the Swamp. He was eventually taken off the field and place on a stretcher, then transported to a local hospital.
The news from Muschamp that Kitchens' will be OK should help Gator Nation temper the disappoint in the way the Gators played Saturday night. It's far from a tragedy. The fact Kitchens reportedly will have no long term injuries is all that matters coming away from Saturday's 21-7 loss.
In terms of football, the Gators offense in 2011 was a failure in so many ways.
John Brantley's final game at the Swamp was disheartening. The senior threw three INTs before he was taken out of the game with concussion like symptoms.
Brantley's frustration in this game, is indicative of his entire senior season, the injuries and the lack of any real shining moments. Muschamp said after the game that he really hurts for what Brantley and what he has been through this season.
Against FSU, the Gators offense generated 184 yards of total offense and just 54 yards of that was on the ground.
Freshman quarterback Jacoby Brissett didn't fair any better than Brantley, passing for 27 yards on 4 of 13 passing with an interception of his own and a TD pass to late after the game was all but over.
Defensively the Gators had the type of game that normally leads to a celebration. They limited the Seminoles to just 57 yards in the air and 35 on the ground.
After the game Muschamp said that his team was a "soft" football team. He said the Gators were not mentally tough. He also said some players had a hard time listening and learning which he said had to do with the youth of the team.
Where do the Gators go from here?
To a Bowl game. Reportedly the Gator Bowl against Urban Meyer's new team the Ohio State Buckeyes in Jacksonville Jan. 2.
Wherever they end up they'll try to end the season on the proverbial positive note. But even a solid postseason game can't really make the 2011 season come anywhere near expectations many had for this team.
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