Mardy Gilyard fulfills his dream
NEW ORLEANS — Mardy Gilyard can’t wait for the Allstate Sugar Bowl to begin, but he’s especially looking forward to seeing how it ends.

The Cincinnati star receiver says he’s been watching this game in his head for the past 12 years. He rooted for the Florida Gators as a kid in Bunnell, Fla., which is about a two-hour drive from Gainesville. He aspired to either play for or against Florida, his home-state school. It’s the latter scenario that fills his dreams and is now his reality.

“It’s always a real close game, going back and forth, and right before the end of the game I wake up,” he said of his recurring dream. “So I’m anxious to see how it’s going to go.”

Gilyard dreams like he talks: in vibrant Technicolor. Yet it’s doubtful that even he could have imagined how he’s arrived at his final college game.