The Louisville Effect
It has been 8 months since Florida's humiliating 33-23 loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, and most of the Gators say they have been motivated in the offseason by the memory of that game. The win has propelled the Cardinals into the national spotlight. They are ranked #9 in both the Associated Press media poll and the USA Today coaches poll, one spot above the Gators. But for junior FB Hunter Joyner, there's been more at stake. To this day, the Wesley Chapel alumnus, who also attended Tampa Catholic, still has to listen to his older brother, Kamran, a Louisville offensive lineman, talk about that game's outcome.
"He's still talking a little trash even now," Joyner said. "It's getting a little aggravating now; it's a little too much. Even in the offseason, just a whole bunch of ridiculous stuff. Hopefully we'll get another opportunity against them, and if we do, we have to capitalize."
Hunter Joyner knows Louisville's win over his Gators has been beneficial for the Cardinals.
"They have high expectations this year, obviously, coming off that big win", he said. "They are expecting to be really good."