I've seen this act before, and a quarterback that wore the No. 7 was the maestro. The Swamp was a...
I've seen this act before, and a quarterback that wore the No. 7 was the maestro.
The Swamp was a 100-yard long patch of grass to Casey Clausen. There was no intimidation factor or respect for Gator-Chomping-We-Are-The-Boys-From-Florida tradition.
All that was a big joke for the Vols' California Kid, who embraced his "Ice Man" nickname to the extent of spiking his hair like Val Kilmer.
Clausen's big-time mentality turned off a lot of folks in Knoxville at the time - but it was exactly what enabled him to lead his teammates to two wins at Florida in The Swamp. No other SEC quarterback had accomplished that feat since an LSU signal-caller in the late 1980s - pre Steve Spurrier.
True story: The night before Clausen's first start in The Swamp, in 2001, Phillip Fulmer was fidgeting nervously in an elevator at the team hotel.
Vicki Fulmer rubbed the head coach's back, trying to calm his nerves.
Clausen, in the back of the elevator, simply said to Fulmer: "Don't worry about it coach, I got this one covered.''
Anyone who has played or coached at a championship level knows that winning starts with confidence and a vision.