Westbrook opens up on dramatic drop
Tevin Westbrook dropped a potential game-winning touchdown in Florida’s dramatic loss to LSU, but UF’s senior tight end didn’t shy away from talking openly about his crucial drop.
“[Quarterback Jeff] Driskel put it in a great spot. I just didn’t focus hard enough on the ball, had too much emotions in it,” Westbrook explained. “If I would’ve went back, I’d just focus more on the ball and not too much on the emotions of the game.”
Down three, with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter of a seesaw affair, Westrbrook couldn’t hold on to a third-down pass from the 1-yard line.
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“I wasn’t nervous,” he said, also admitting that he has rewatched the play numerous times. “It was just a roller coaster the whole game, and so when it happened, I just wasn’t locked in on the ball. More just focused on scoring the touchdown, not really securing the ball before I had it.”
Florida’s two best players — tailback Matt Jones (knee, ankle) and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (head) — were sidelined for much of the loss to LSU, but coach Will Muschamp said both starters should return against Missouri.
Junior left tackle D.J. Humphries (knee), who was also banged up against the Tigers, is probable for Saturday, too, while starting defensive tackle Leon Orr (partial meniscus tear) remains questionable.
Junior wideout Latroy Pittman is day-to-day after exiting the LSU loss on a medical backboard and a cart.
“Everything checked out normal,” Muschamp said. “Everything thank goodness — take football out of the equation — is fine.”
Pittman worked out in “the pit” Monday.
— JESSE SIMONTON