The Gators welcomed new coach Jim McElwain to Gainesville last December after a subpar season in 2014. They started hot at 6-0, reviving the fan base. And they ended the regular season with a blowout 27-2 loss to rival Florida State.
Michigan fans gathered at the Orlando Eye on Thursday for a pep rally featuring the Michigan Marching Band, cheerleaders, and speeches from Lloyd Carr, Jack Harbaugh, Jon Jansen, Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf.
When Doug Nussmeier was ousted from Michigan after a 5-7 season last year, he got a fresh start in Gainesville, Florida, and in his return to the South, the Gators are 10-3 heading into the Citrus Bowl.
Anlauf initially decided to become a preferred walk-on wide receiver with the Michigan football team, but circumstances eventually allowed Anlauf, now preparing for the final game of his college football career, another foray into basketball.