EverBank Field was opened in 1995, built on the site of the old Gator Bowl stadium, which opened in 1928 and held its first Gator Bowl game in 1946. The NFL’s Jaguars play there, a Super Bowl was held there and the stadium hosts the annual Georgia-Florida game.
Simmons and Durham are two of four Jackets who are from Jacksonville, which has been recruited by A-backs coach Lamar Owens. Linebacker Victor Alexander and defensive end Antonio Simmons are the two others.
Other Jackets grew up not far from the city in northern Florida or South Georgia. A-back J.J. Green is from Kingsland just north of the Georgia-Florida border, about 35 miles north of Jacksonville. B-back Marcus Allen’s hometown of Hilliard, Fla., is just southwest of Kingsland. Linebacker P.J. Davis is from Cairo, about 180 miles to the northwest of Jacksonville.
“I’ll have a lot of people there,” Davis said. “I have a lot of family buying tickets and stuff and I’ve been asking around for tickets, so I’ve got a great support system so I really appreciate that.”