Wuerffel’s Words: “Getting up after a tough loss”

By Adam Silverstein
October 5, 2010

Through the first week of October, former Florida Gators national championship- and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel will be contributing his post-game thoughts about how the team performed the previous Saturday exclusively here on OGGOA at the beginning of each week.

The 1996 winner of eight football and academic awards, Wuerffel has a unique perspective as a four-year player at Florida who passed for 10,875 yards and 114 touchdowns in his college career. Enshrined in the team’s Ring of Honor in 2006 and set to be immortalized in a statue outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in 2010, he is now the executive director of Desire Street Ministries, which works to revitalize impoverished neighborhoods through spiritual and community development.

I’m generally a very positive person. My close friends know I can usually find the silver lining in just about any situation. We lived through Hurricane Katrina, lost our home and all our possessions, and still my wife and I saw many blessings in the midst of the tragedy. In fact, the name “Katrina” actually means, “cleansing” or “purification.”

Sometimes, though, I have to be a little more creative than others to stay positive.

Alabama is a great team. They are solid in every phase of the game, they will be a tough team for anyone to beat, and they certainly deserve the No. 1 ranking. I knew going into this game that Florida would have its hands full.

The frustrating part is that the Gators actually played well enough to be in the game. We moved the ball well, had several opportunities in the red zone and basically shut down their offense in the second half. But the silly mistakes and turnovers kept the game far out of reach. We had our opportunities, we just didn’t capitalize.

Florida lost a big game against a great opponent. So where does that leave them?

Well, I think the defense should come away with some confidence. This growing group of young players is developing into a great unit.

In general, the offense moved the ball fairly well. It just didn’t capitalize on opportunities and made costly turnovers, both of which can be fixed. I still feel Johnny Brantley is an outstanding player, he just made a couple of bad decisions. (I’ve been there.)

The Gators are a good young team that is off to a solid start to the season, and we still have the opportunity to have a great year. Getting back up after a tough loss is part of the deal, both in life and in football. There is a lot of football to be played, and I’m ready for another big game this weekend against LSU.

Go Gators,

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  1. ziggy says:

    This is exactly how I felt after the game as well. I didn’t even know we outgained them in yardage until the next day. Alabama may have slacked off a little in the second half, but I don’t think it had anything to do with feeling sorry for us or being comfortable with the lead. I think they came out juiced and really used up all their stuff in the first half. They had us way down and most young teams just can’t come back from something like that. With a little more experience and maturity, not to mention a lot better O-line play, we can win games like this by just staying level and understanding that it is not a sprint, but a marathon (Urban Meyer).

  2. GatorintheKnox says:

    Danny, do you think that Florida’s offense needs to change to better suit Brantely’s strengths? Throw the ball down field Urban.

  3. ziggy says:

    Gatorintheknow – I think they have tried to throw it down field a little, but it seems like our receivers can’t catch anything over about a 25 yard pass. They also don’t seem to be as open as in past years. Everytime Brantley makes a throw, it seems like he’s threading the needle. The spread offense is all about getting your best playmakers the ball in space. I havn’t seen any space between our receivers and the opposing corners and safeties.

  4. Charles says:

    Danny’s always been good at keeping things in a more eternal perspective. Liked the view. I always admire a man who can find the good in all things, that’s what God would have us do anyways. Note I said find, not look, finding is more of an active search, looking is open your eyes and attempt to focus on something. Sometimes we need to search, it’s usually the journey that grows the soul.

  5. Gatorbuc15 says:

    I felt the same way after this game myself.

    What a great post.
    Great job Danny, you always give us hope man.

  6. montanagator says:

    Danny is awesome, a tie with tim i think, 2 sides of the same coin. i have never heard or read any commentary by him on a game before. how cool that he is doing so on this site, hopefully you can convince him to continue posting. i just found this site tagged into the tim teblog site. it is definitely on my favorites list now to be checkd out daily during the season. thanks for all the good info, im so sick of reading pat dooleys drivel in the sun. go gators, go #7, best of luck on your current endeavors. ps i think addazio has to go although he can stay on as o line coach if hell move pouncey to guard or tackle.

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