When Jon Bostic was a freshman, he was on the nation's No. 1 team trying to finish out a perfect season that ended up sidetracked in an SEC title game loss to Alabama.
But he grew used to all the attention, all the glory, all the hype.
Then it was gone.
Urban Meyer's 2010 season was his last at Florida and the Gators lost five games.
Will Muschamp arrived for a 7-6 finish last year.
This season, Florida (9-1) has been in the top 10 most of the year and is back among the better programs in the SEC.
"I was here my freshman year and went to the SEC championship, so I've kind of been here through the highs. Then, you know, sophomore, junior season, just being able to turn everything back around and get everything back on track,'' Bostic said when asked what the senior class accomplished at UF.
Today, the seniors will run onto Florida Field one final time when the Gators face Jacksonville State (6-4).
For Bostic, it's been extremes — really high highs and really low lows.
"I haven't really been in this situation before. Last time I was kind of in this situation was high school. That's pretty much it,'' he said of knowing this is his final 60 minutes of college football in Gainesville.
Senior offensive lineman Xavier Nixon, like Bostic, went through the glory days and the trying times and is looking at his final moments as a Gator as a rite of passage.
"It's just a new door opening, a new chapter in all of our lives. We put a lot of time in here and a lot of energy into this program: blood, sweat and tears. It means a lot to have one last hurrah and go through the tunnel,'' he said.
Receiver Frankie Hammond, like so many seniors, said time flies.
"Come December, we'll be spectators at a game,'' he said. "It will be real emotional, just finally having that hit you and just like, 'Wow, I'm not playing, now I can sit back and watch it.' It definitely (will) hurt, but like I said it's time to close that door and other opportunities will come.''
Florida will play without starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, who suffered a sprained ankle last week. Jacoby Brissett will make the start.