Florida Football: Winners and Losers from Gators' Win vs. Kentucky

Ryan KennedyAnalyst IISeptember 26, 2011

Florida Football: Winners and Losers from Gators' Win vs. Kentucky

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    The Florida Gators easily won their game against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday with a 48-10 romp.

    Even though the score says otherwise, the Gators' day did not have a perfect game. Plenty went right for Florida, but there are things that if they are reoccurring problems, could submarine the season.

    This is a look at the winners and losers from this week's trip to Kentucky.

Winner: Matt Elam

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    It wasn't the Florida Gators' only interception, but it helped build the confidence of a young secondary for the second week in a row. Matt Elam's second interception, in as many weeks, showed that what they lack in age, they make up in skill.

    Elam has proven to be the true leader of the secondary. This is the third week in which he has forced a turnover. That playmaking ability will need to come through for a fourth straight week if the Gators wish to beat Alabama.

Loser: Jeff Driskel

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    If your starting quarterback happens to get hurt, you do not want Jeff Driskel backing them up apparently.

    Against Florida Atlantic and UAB, Driskel saw very limited time but looked capable. Against an SEC opponent, albeit a bad one, Driskel looked lost.

    If you only get the chance to run the offense for one or two series a week, the impression you do not want to give is that you will end each drive in a turnover. That is exactly what Driskel did on Saturday.

    Driskel is showing that John Brantley might be just as important to the Gators' success as Chris Rainey.

Winner: Jon Bostic

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    Jon Bostic came away with a dominating defensive effort with 10 tackles, eight of which were solo and one for a loss. While there were plenty of other defensive stars against the Wildcats, Bostic has been one of the most consistent defensive players for the Gators.

    Each week, Bostic's stat line has improved, and the games have only got more difficult. If this trend continues, Bostic should be in for a big week against Alabama this Saturday.

Winner: Chris Rainey

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    Chris Rainey didn't score a touchdown, but he continued his truly impressive season with another 100-yard effort.

    While, he may have moved backwards in his hopes for a chance at the Heisman, he found something much better, a second weapon in Jeff Demps. As of last week, Rainey was accounting for 39 percent of the Gators' total offense, this week, he only accounted for 20 percent.

    It might not have been his most impressive effort, but he saw a little less tread taken off the tires. That's always a good thing when you play in the SEC.

Losers: The Wide Receivers

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    At one point in Florida Gators' history, wide receivers were a focus of the offense.

    Percy Harvin, Riley Cooper and Louis Murphy are the most recent examples. Reidel Anthony and Jacquez Green are examples of past excellence. This year's team does not have a receiver that can match any of their talent.

    John Brantley can only be as good as his receivers, and the schedule is only going to get tougher from here on out. Eventually, teams will just start lining up eight in the box. It might work.

    Someone needs to step up. There were only 115 yards total passing with only 53 of them going to receivers. That won't cut it.

Winner: Jeff Demps

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    Jeff Demps was the MVP of the game this week. This year, the MVP award has been reserved for Mr. Chris Rainey. It's nice to see he shared.

    Demps showed his incredible speed with the 84-yard burst he had for a touchdown. He also had 20 and 30-yard rushes, as well. This was a breakout performance for Demps, who has been in the shadow of Rainey so far this season.

    If the Gators can find a way to get similar balance from Demps and Rainey, they may have a real chance next week against the Crimson Tide.