JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A reporter from Ohio asked Omar Hunter after practice Wednesday afternoon about former Gators strength-and-conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, who recently left for Ohio State, Florida's opponent in Monday's Gator Bowl.
Hunter complimented Marotti and thanked him for helping him develop as a college football player. He shared a couple of stories about last summer's grueling workout program installed by Marotti and how it helped him get in better shape. Hunter said has remained in contact with Marotti through texting.
However, Hunter then began to talk about the future as he discussed some of the recent changes the program has undergone.
While the past has been a constant backdrop leading up to the Gators Bowl, the Gators are looking at this game as a potential doorway to a new future. On the same day the 2012 schedule was announced, 2008 Florida's last national title seemed a little further away.
Hunter was a freshman that season but saw limited time on the ...