Kentucky-Florida: Wildcats Look to End Losing Streak to Gators

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2008

Going into this Saturday's game, Kentucky is in almost as much trouble as they were last week.

This is going to be the toughest game for the Cats so far. They have played Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, but this is a different game.

They have a lot more players that are going to miss or have limited playing time Saturday.

Playing against the number five ranked team in the country, with limited players, and in one of the most feared places to play, isn't something Kentucky needs at this time in the season.

The University of Florida offense depth chart:

  • QB: Tim Tebow (6'3", 240, Jr.)
  • RB: Jeffrey Demps (5'8", 176, Fr.)
  • WR: Riley Cooper (6'3", 215, Jr.)
  • WR: Louis Murphy (6'3", 205, Sr.)
  • WR: Percy Harvin (5'11", 195, Jr.)
  • TE: Aaron Hernandez (6'3", 255, So.)
  • OT: Phil Trautwein (6'6", 310, Sr.)
  • OT: Jason Watkins (6'6", 310, Sr.)
  • OG: Carl Johnson (6'6", 330, So.)
  • OG: Mike Pouncey (6'5", 312, So.)
  • C: Maurkice Pouncey (6'5", 312, So.)

University of Florida defense depth chart:

  • DE: Jermaine Cunningham (6'3", 250, Jr.)
  • DE: Carlos Dunlap (6'6", 290, So.)
  • DT: Terron Sanders (6'2", 300, So.)
  • DT: Lawrence March (6'5", 305, So.)
  • LB: A.J. Jones (6'1", 225, So.)
  • LB: Dustin Doe (6'0", 230, Jr.)
  • LB: Brandon Spikes (6'3", 245, Jr.)
  • CB: Janoris Jenkins (5'10", 185, Fr.)
  • CB: Joe Haden (5'11", 185, So.)
  • S: Ahmad Black (5'9", 190, So.)
  • S: Major Wright (6'0", 200, So.)

University of Florida special teams:

  • PK: Joey Ijjas (6'2", 204, Sr.)
  • P: Chas Henry (6'4", 215, So.)
  • KR/PR: Brandon James (5'7", 186, Jr.)

Gators to watch

  • Tim Tebow will always be on this list, as he was last year's Heisman trophy winner. He has been more of a throwing quarterback this year, as he has a running back now.
  • Percy Harvin can make catches, but he can also run the ball. He will be in on many of the plays that the Gators will run.
  • Jeffrey Demps is just a Freshman, but has been a dose of TNT for the gators every time he gets the ball. He won't be caught from behind when he gets into the open.
  • Any of the running backs for Florida are ready to make a impact for the gators. The list includes Chris Rainey, Emmanuel Moody, and Kestahn Moore.
  • Brandon James can take a punt or a kick return back to the house anytime he is returning them. UK has to know where they are kicking and how to handle James.
  • Brandon Spikes is a top-notch SEC linebacker. He will run all over the field and break up any passing or running play. UK has to know where Spikes is anytime they take a snap.

Last week, Randall Cobb showed he has the ability to step up and catch passes. Now he just has to keep doing that.

Mike Hartline cannot get rattled early, because if he does, it will be a very long day for the sophomore.

If Hartline can't do anything against the Florida defense, look for Cobb to come in and play quarterback for a few snaps, just as a change of pace look for the Cats.

Kentucky has to get the running game and passing game open early. It cannot wait until the last minutes of the game to move the ball. That has been a thorn in the side of UK all year.

They must keep moving the ball to give the defense a rest on the sideline.

It is going to be harder to match up against Florida this week. Some of the UK defense is hurt. They will need some of the younger players to step up and make a play here or there and keep Florida out of the end zone.

This is a very hard matchup for Kentucky. It is also hard to pick against Florida.

Kentucky will have a long day on both offense and defense without key players.

Florida wins 31-10.


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