Georgia’s Aron White: ‘Blood definitely runs hot’ against Florida

Georgia tight end Aron White can't say enough when it comes to playing the Florida Gators. (UGA photo by Rob Saye)

Georgia tight end Aron White can't say enough when it comes to playing the Florida Gators. (UGA photo by Rob Saye)

To outsiders Aron White may seem like nothing more than a backup tight end with a good academic resume. But inside the Bulldogs’ locker room, there might not be a more influential person. Yes, he’s a cut-up and a mile-a-minute talker, but he’s also a fifth-year senior and a leader and an extremely bright individual who has bought into everything that is UGA. And in terms of being a team spokesman, nobody has embraced the role more than this Missouri native, who might be the only member of the football team who actually looks forward to his weekly media opportunities with the local press.

With that in mind, White had so much to say and so passionately about the Georgia-Florida game during our relatively brief session on Wednesday, I decided to share it with you in full. With White it’s important to note that he speaks extremely fast and almost in a stream-of-conscious manner. Let me know what you think.

Meanwhile, I’m on my way to Jacksonville and will have more for you later. Enjoy . . .

ARON WHITE:

On the team’s attitude the week of Florida game . . .

“People get a little tight during Florida week and that’s the way it’s always been. That’s fans, players, staff, coaches, everybody. Everybody just gets a little more serious during Florida week. There’s not as much joking around. That’s just across the board. That’s everybody.

“Players joke about who will be the first person to get yelled at. And when they do, you’ll hear half the team go, ‘it’s Florida week!’ Because they know, it’s Florida week and there’s no playing around. I get busted a lot for joking around because I talk a lot at practice. Not necessarily bad stuff but I’m just a character sometimes. Sometimes the coaches don’t like hearing it, sometimes they don’t mind. So every once in a while I’ll get caught off guard and they’ll chew me out. I might’ve gotten caught this week once or twice.”

On the lack of recent success versus Florida . . .

“I want to win it because of the fans. The Bulldogs don’t like Florida and they let you hear it whenever you lose to Florida. I want to win it because they’re an SEC East opponent. I want to win it because we need another victory to stay in the hunt to get back to the ’ship (championship game).

“But more than any of that, I’m playing for my teammates, I’m playing for my coaches and I just hate Florida. Regardless if Florida was on the other side of the United States, if they were in the Pac-10 or the MAC or whatever, I don’t care. I’m still gonna hate Florida, I’m still gonna want to play Florida and I’m still gonna want to kill Florida.

“I’ve been around here long enough to see a win against Florida and know how good that feels. But I have yet to do it on the field. I’ve had some good games against Florida and I’ve had some bad games against Florida. But regardless, this is a new year, this is a new day. This is two new teams as it is year in and year out and we’re coming to get them. I don’t care what anybody says; I don’t care if somebody’s out; I don’t care if somebody thinks we don’t stand a chance; I don’t care if all the Bulldogs are behind us; I don’t care if one Bulldog is behind us. I’m still going to come out there with the same passion and intensity against Florida that I do every year and I feel like my teammates will echo that.”

Do you share this passion with the young players?

“I think if they haven’t heard it enough they will by the end of this week. As much as we take everybody one game at a time, this is a game we look forward to every year. Just like we look forward to Tech, just like we look forward to Tennessee, just like we look forward to Auburn.

“I think it’s easy to see here what games are a little bit more important to us. There might be some other games we just need to go out there and win. But I definitely think we’ve done a good job of conveying to the guys who have never played in this game before how important it is.

“I think we echo the frustrations of the Bulldog Nation in general the last couple of outings, because we feel like we have not necessarily been playing to our ability when we go down to Jacksonville. We’ve definitely have made some mental errors and, not necessarily given games away, but given them more momentum than they deserve. You know, Florida has a great program and they’ve played great against us. But last year we felt like it was about time for the tables to turn. We felt like we were playing great and we let a close one get by and that one really hurt.

“For me personally, I’ve always played well against Florida and that was the first year I felt like I did not play well. I made a critical error. I tipped the pass that got picked right before the half when we were going down there close. That’s something I’ve been thinking about all year. That was a game that really left a lot of frustration with me personally. I’ve got a lot of anger pent up about what happened in that game.

“Blood is definitely going to run hot this weekend. I’m sure at some point something will happen that everybody will say was uncalled for or the emotions got the best of us, whether it’s on their side or on our side. We’ve both been caught doing some antics down there. My freshman year we ran out on the field. The year after that they had us blown out by a pretty good lead and they started calling some timeouts late. But all that’s out the window and it’s a new year and we’re going to come and we’re going to play. And while we didn’t forget those things, we’re going to focus on our game plan and we’re going to need to because guys that get caught up in all that emotion usually lose. It’s the players that stay focused and do what they do best, they usually win.”

On when he first realized the intensity of the Georgia-Florida rivalry . . .

“I got my first taste of it when I was coming out of my junior year of high school in a Nike camp down in Gainesville. Me and Logan [Gray] and our running back went down to Florida and we were touring everything. Logan already had an offer and they were debating offering me because they had already signed Aaron Hernandez, who was obviously an outstanding player for them. I remember Coach [Dan] Mullen was recruiting me and Logan and I didn’t feel like I got treated very well down there. Coach [Urban] Meyer didn’t take time to talk to me and that’s something that resided in me. And when I did commit to Georgia, all I heard was ‘y’all have to go get Florida.’ I realized at that time it was a big rivalry, but I didn’t realize how deep that hate was between us.

“Since I’ve been here there’s a lot of rivalries I’ve really bought into. All the rivalries really. They’re all going to stay with me throughout my lifetime. They’re a part of me and I’m a part of them. But I don’t think any of them run quite as deep as Florida. It’s something that I’ve bought into fully. I don’t care if I’m in Missouri or I’m in Georgia, I don’t care where I’m at, if I see Florida on somebody’s shirt or even a license tag, I’m going to slide them a little look. That’s the way it’s going to be. And if they have something to say about it I’m going to say something back. At the end of the day I’m always going to be a Dawg and everybody’s going to know that.”

On whether UGA wants to beat Florida too badly . . .

“I think over the last couple of years we’ve maybe been too pent up about this game. But this whole season has had a different feel to it. I don’t know if you guys see it, I don’t know if the Bullog Nation, the fans out there, have been able to tell, but there’s just a completely different mentality around here. It doesn’t have the same feel to it, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“I loved the feeling in ‘07. We had a great group of guys then and since then it changed. But this year it’s completely different. I don’t think we’re an uptight crew. Even when we were 0-2 I don’t think we were an uptight team. I don’t think we played uptight. We made some errors, definitely, early on, especially in the South Carolina game. And we’ve made mistakes since then. But we’ve jelled enough to the point that I don’t think we play uptight and get super emotional and where it doesn’t allow the team to play to the best of its ability. We make mistakes sometimes.

“But it is still Florida week and, for whatever reason, guys hone in a little bit more; guys study that game plan a little bit more; guys are in here watching more film. You hear guys all the time say ‘I’m going to the Butts.’ You say, ‘it’s only 1:30,’ and they say, ‘I’m going to go on in and catch some film’ or ‘I want to hit the ice tub again.’ And I love seeing that. I love seeing guys dedicated and there’s no time you see it more than this week and Tech week, in my opinion.”

242 comments Add your comment

leslie22h

October 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

Wow, I hope the entire team feels the way Aron White does about taking UF to the wood shed this year. GATA, Dawgs!

leslie22h

October 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

First?! OMG!

BigDawg

October 27th, 2011
12:04 pm

A comment from the Gainesville Sun by a UF Player – Bulletin Board Material

Florida defensive end Sharrif Floyd said he’s not impressed with a Bulldogs offense led by Murray and freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell.

“We’re obviously focusing on Georgia, but it’s not really just him we’re looking at,” Floyd said of Murray. “It’s the running back and him. But I really didn’t see nothing outstanding.”

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20111026/WIRE/111029637/1136/sports?p=2&tc=pg

Still@theKool-aidBAR

October 27th, 2011
12:08 pm

Hot Blood? So. Richt doesn’t do smart things in JAX and his players usually follow his lead.

Bama in Atlanta

October 27th, 2011
12:08 pm

Hit ‘em hard, hit ‘em quick and hit ‘em often! Go Dawgs!

Bob

October 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

Jeremy in NC

October 27th, 2011
12:12 pm

Awesome Aaron, Im fired up baby, love to have you in the locker room and giving those guys with Gator license plates looks with me too.

first?

Jeremy in NC

October 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

Ha, nope, not first, but first page, nice

Gatormeat

October 27th, 2011
12:14 pm

Aron White is a lying fool. If their blood was so hot, why do they play like cowards when they get to Jacksonville? Cheap shots, late hits, choking threats are all actions of little pansy cowards. There will be no mercy this year, the smack down the Mighty Gators lay on georgia will end richts career. Good riddence and bring on the next coach and we will beat him down to

kevin

October 27th, 2011
12:17 pm

“It’s the running back and him. But I really didn’t see nothing outstanding.”

Sharrif needs to learn how to speak. “Didn’t see nothing” is logically equivalent to “Did see something”.

And, with the UF offense looking pathetic, he might want to ease up on the criticism.

Douglas Dawg

October 27th, 2011
12:18 pm

Come on boy’s, let’s go kick some Gator ***. Play hard for 60 minutes and we hand Willie his fourth in a row! Can’t wait!

Go Dawgs!!!

October 27th, 2011
12:23 pm

Well said, Aron !!! Sure hope to see ALL of the Dawgs play with your fire on Saturday.

McDawg

October 27th, 2011
12:24 pm

make them fart blood

d-dog

October 27th, 2011
12:25 pm

A rivalry is when two team try to win but when one team win most of the time it’s hard to think of it as a rivalry. The GA. FLA. game is different. This one is a in your face, in your gut rivalry. It doesn’t matter who win and how often it what it is, A BAD NEWS RIVALRY. I remember when UGA owned Fla. even then it was the same as it is now. I think it has been a while since the UGA DAWGS has had the rare opertunity to take out the gators.10-29-11 seem the best shot…..GOOOO DAWGSSS.

kappellmeister

October 27th, 2011
12:26 pm

I see GATORMEAT got his education in Florida, too. “Riddance”, “too”

GATA, dogs. In memory of Big Bad Bruce!

Half Century Dawg Fan

October 27th, 2011
12:28 pm

Gatormeat

October 27th, 2011
12:14 pm

Cheap shots like gouging someone’s eye?

gdawginkalamazoo

October 27th, 2011
12:28 pm

Aron White another damn good dawg. Good luck kid.
“But this year it’s completely different. I don’t think we’re an uptight crew. Even when we were 0-2 I don’t think we were an uptight team. I don’t think we played uptight.”

With a defense to back you up, on occassion, you shouldn’t. Nor should you play conservative either. IF something is working stick with it until it doesn’t.

Maybe we should skip halftime in the locker room and stay out on the field. Seems like there have been energy vampires lurking in the locker rooms the past few games.

Frank Lane

October 27th, 2011
12:34 pm

Went to my first UGA-Florida game in 1944. Ready to eat some Gator Tail again.

Mr. Dawg

October 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

Time of possession and turnovers will be the key to this game. Having Alec Ogletree and Cornelius Washington coming back is really big . Defense is where the Bulldogs should have the advantage. Whatever. Just get the win Bulldogs!

TampaDawg

October 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

“Cheap shots, late hits, choking threats are all actions of little pansy cowards.” – Gatormeat

This from the guy whose players have been VIDEOD twisting knees, bending fingers, and gouging eyes all while under the pile. Save your lunacy, lies and outright fabrications for somewhere else dude.

knoxdawg

October 27th, 2011
12:43 pm

Time to do it on the field. Believe it is gonna be a close game at half and a blowout by the end Dawgs on top.

LHM1509

October 27th, 2011
12:43 pm

“But more than any of that, I’m playing for my teammates, I’m playing for my coaches and I just hate Florida. Regardless if Florida was on the other side of the United States, if they were in the Pac-10 or the Mac or whatever, I don’t care, I’m still gonna hate Florida, I’m still gonna want to play Florida and I’m still gonna want to kill Florida.
-Now that is the words of a true DAWG!

Biggerthanbigdawg

October 27th, 2011
12:45 pm

Just let it all hang loose on this one Dawgs! Forget the past and embrace the future! And to ADGM u had better know what side your on now son…I dont care if the endzone dance in 07 chapped ur hind end..u support this coach and this team…u don’t go on local sports talk and pretty much give a vote of no confidence thus far…what the hell is wrong with you! We’re gonna circle the wagons and whip florduh’s a$$!

GSO Dawg

October 27th, 2011
12:46 pm

He should play more.

just a fan

October 27th, 2011
12:47 pm

Damn Good Dawg

ub

October 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

This DAWG is ready hope the whole team is this pumped! GO DAWGS!

59bulldawg

October 27th, 2011
12:52 pm

Aron you make me proud! Glad you’re a Dawg! Now GATA!

AFAN

October 27th, 2011
12:53 pm

any new word on Mitchell. Man we need him to play…

1eyedJack

October 27th, 2011
12:54 pm

TampaDawg, don’t forget viciously assaulting the opposing teams players after the game.

TampaDawg

October 27th, 2011
12:55 pm

Just go lay the pain on Pimps and Dainty, I mean, Demps and Rainey and this game won’t be close. I think it might be though.

Dawgs win 27-21

TampaDawg

October 27th, 2011
12:57 pm

roger that 1eyed .. they aren’t exactly a bunch of little angels out there.

TampaDawg

October 27th, 2011
12:57 pm

Mitchell is looking like he is out for the game.

Will

October 27th, 2011
12:57 pm

In a major shift I am now going to wear to the game Saturday my “didn’t see nothing” t-shirst instead of my “time to die biaaatch” t-shirt.

Stay classy UF. You suck!

'94 UGA Alumni

October 27th, 2011
12:58 pm

GATA Aron. You are a DGD. I hope everyone else on the team has the same passion and drive that you do. Just know that this fan is behind you and the team 100% – win or lose.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

October 27th, 2011
12:59 pm

If you don’t think this game is going to be played Dirty by both teams you guys are all crazy. I am sure we will see the New Kinder Gentler BEN JONES for sure this game.

DAWGS RULE

October 27th, 2011
1:00 pm

GUCK THEM FATORS

UGA Insider

October 27th, 2011
1:01 pm

That quote by Will is hilarious.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

October 27th, 2011
1:01 pm

TampaDawg where is FIELDS? LOL but he doesn’t think you are a Dawg fan. LMAO.

d-dog

October 27th, 2011
1:01 pm

I Feel If Fla doesn’t have a big lead at half. The DAWGS will be full bolt… LOOK OUT…

1eyedJack

October 27th, 2011
1:02 pm

I wish we had 5 Ben Joneses.

TossSweep

October 27th, 2011
1:04 pm

Bodies will be flying around this Saturday in Jacksonville and the only bodies left lying on the field will be skinned reptiles. Go Dawgs! Show no mercy!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

October 27th, 2011
1:07 pm

True. Have fun.

DawginLex

October 27th, 2011
1:07 pm

If we were to beat Florida. Auburn and KY and SC loses one and LSU beats Bama:

Can you picture an SECCG viewing party at Saban’s house with Muschamp and Dooley??????????

You know, get the old staff together………………..

TampaDawg

October 27th, 2011
1:09 pm

Haven’t heard from him since I replied to him either

Gator CHOMP Champ

October 27th, 2011
1:18 pm

Rahrahrah.

FL always beats GA.

aron white

October 27th, 2011
1:19 pm

Loving the support! Let’s get it this saturday and make my last on memorable. GO DAWGS!!

TampaDawg

October 27th, 2011
1:20 pm

TossSweep

October 27th, 2011
1:22 pm

TampaDawg,

So much more red than blue. Nuff said. Go Dawgs!

47-40-2 vs Florida-61-39-5 vs Tech

October 27th, 2011
1:25 pm

Gatormeat
Your an idiot if you think the Dawgs will never win in
Jax again.Evil Genius and Crier are gone.I hope ya’ll don’t think you have a premier head coach now.

Soulja Boy

October 27th, 2011
1:25 pm

Has Aron tweeted the Florida coaches yet?