GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- This was their plan all along. They talked about it before they ever signed on as teammates with the Gators. They remained steadfast when others tried to persuade them to change direction.
Back on the recruiting trail, when others told them they would be better off going somewhere the other wasn't, sophomore defensive linemen Dante Fowler Jr. and Jonathan Bullard tuned them out.
They knew as a tandem they were good enough to be labeled double trouble, dynamic duo or as Fowler revealed last week, Florida's "Bash Brothers," a self-anointed nickname they came up with over the summer.
"Those two guys aren't afraid of anybody," Florida coach Will Muschamp said.
Certainly not of each other.
Fowler and Bullard had options out of high school. Fowler was a Florida State commit until deciding to sign with the Gators in February 2012. Clemson and South Carolina had their eyes locked on Bullard.
They heard it all before deciding they wanted to be teammates at Florida....