GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In the immediate aftermath of a performance they would prefer to forget, a small group of Gators quietly boarded an elevator at AT&T Stadium following the Cotton Bowl.
A couple of them turned to Jordan Pouncey, standing in the back of the elevator, and offered congratulations. Pouncey, a little-used receiver, scored the Gators’ final touchdown of the 2020 season when he caught a 27-yard pass from freshman quarterback Anthony Richardson late in Florida’s 55-20 loss to Oklahoma. The score served little more than a footnote in the big picture.
But for Pouncey, a redshirt junior who transferred from Texas following the 2019 season, it was a play he will never forget. When he exited the stadium, a group of friends greeted him with cheers and hugs.
“I was nervous. I was not expecting to get interviewed,” Pouncey told his teammates shortly after joining quarterbacks Kyle Trask, Emory Jones and running back Nay’Quan Wright at the postgame press conference. “I didn’t know what to say.”
Prior to the Cotton Bowl, Pouncey had appeared in only four games in his first season at UF, primarily on special teams. He arrived at UF at the same time as his younger brother,