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Florida Gators @ Kentucky Wildcats 9/14/2019 7:00 ESPN

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  1. GatorGrowl

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    Game will be played on ESPN
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    The Storyline
    • Florida has won six consecutive games for the first time since its seven-game winning streak since 2015, when it won the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3 and started the 2015 sesaon 6-0.

    • Florida’s loss against Kentucky last year -- Dan Mullen’s second game as head coach -- snapped its 31-game winning streak in the series. It was the Gators’ first loss to Kentucky since Nov. 15, 1986, when they lost 10-3 in Lexington.

    • UF has not lost consecutive games to Kentucky since 1976 and 1977.

    • The Gators are seeking a second consecutive 10-win campaign for the first time since posting 13 wins in both 2008 -- Mullen’s final year as offensive coordinator -- and 2009.

    DEFENSE OFF TO FEROCIOUS START, OFFENSE HEATING UP
    • Florida’s 15 sacks lead all FBS teams by three, and its 26 tackles for loss rank second nationally, just two behind FBS-leading UCF (28). Only four FBS teams have more than nine sacks, and only six teams have more than 20 TFLs.

    • The Gators needed five full games to reach 15 sacks last year, and they took seven games to rack up 26 TFLs last year.

    • Jabari Zuniga is Florida’s top disrupter, as he leads the SEC with 3 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss.

    • Zuniga is tied for third nationally in tackles for loss and tied for sixth nationally in sacks. Zuniga, Illinois’ Oluwole Betiku Jr., Charlotte’s Alex Highsmith, and Michigan State’s Kenny Willekes are the only FBS players with at least 3 sacks and 4 tackles for loss this season.

    • Florida is one of three FBS teams featuring multiple players with at least 3.5 tackles for loss (Zuniga, Jeremiah Moon). The others are North Carolina and South Florida.

    • UF is the only SEC team featuring four players with 1.5 sacks -- Zuniga, Jonathan Greenard, Ventrell Miller, Trey Dean III -- and is the only SEC team with five players with at least 2 tackles for loss -- Miller, Moon, Zuniga, Kyree Campbell.

    • Florida’s 10 sacks in its Week 0 win over Miami were the highest total by an SEC team since Nov. 28, 2008, when Ole Miss had 10 against Mississippi State. It marked just the eighth game of 10-plus sacks by any FBS team since the start of the 2015 season. Last year, Army (10 against Houston - Dec. 22) was the only FBS team with 10 in a game.

    • The Gators have 500-plus yards of total offense in four of their last six games (Miami [304] and Michigan [427] are the only outliers). Florida had just three games of 500-plus yards from 2015-17, and only five such games from 2011-14.

    • UF already has three passing plays of 60-plus yards this year, its highest total since finishing 2016 with three such plays.

    FRANKS AT CENTER OF OFFENSIVE AWAKENING
    • “I think as the year went on, he understood what his abilities were and he decided to use all of his talents. I think a light came on that (he’s) 6’6”, 245 pounds and pretty athletic. Once he was able to block all of the things out, all the outside noise, and really look at his skill set, what he does well, he was able to improve, and I think that helped build his confidence.” --Dan Mullen at SEC Media Days

    • Feleipe Franks is still enjoying his best stretch of football as a collegiate quarterback, as he has thrown for 250-plus yards in four of Florida’s last five games, including both of this year’s games.

    • Franks also has four of the five highest passing yardage totals of his career in Florida’s last five games: 274 vs. Idaho (No. 2 in career); 254 at Florida State / vs. Miami (t-No. 4 career); 270 vs. UT-Martin (No. 3 career).

    • This season, Franks ranks sixth nationally in completion percentage (42 of 54 / 77.8 percent), and is only behind LSU’s Joe Burrow (54 of 66 / 81.8%) and Washington State’s Anthony Gordon (60 of 74 / 81.1%) among players with 40-plus attempts.

    • Against UT-Martin, Franks completed his first 15 passes (the third-longest streak of completions in school history) and finished the game 25 of 27 (92.6 percent) with 270 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Franks became the first FBS player since UCF’s McKenzie Milton (Oct. 28, 2017 - Austin Peay) to complete 90plus percent of his passes with a minimum of 25 attempts, 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. ​

    • In the season-opening win over Miami, Franks accounted for all three Gators touchdowns (two passing, one rushing), the sixth time in his career he finished with three total touchdowns -- all six came under Mullen. • While many remember his late-game interceptions, Franks followed the first by accounting for every yard of Florida’s game-winning, 4-play, 80-yard touchdown drive -- which he ended with a 3-yard touchdown run.

    • The restoration of Franks’ confidence was at the center of Florida’s offensive awakening in Mullen’s debut season. As Mullen noted above, Franks’ willingness to create plays running the ball as opposed to strictly throwing from the pocket made both he and Florida’s offense much harder to stop.

    • Franks’ 2018 season as a whole was, statistically, the best by a Gators quarterback in nearly a decade. His 31 touchdowns accounted for (24 passing, 7 rushing) ranked tied for 19th nationally. • Franks was tied for ninth nationally among returning FBS quarterbacks in touchdowns responsible for.

    • Franks also finished tied for 17th nationally in touchdown-interception ratio (4.00 / 24 TDs to 6 INTs), just one year removed from tying for 107th among qualifying FBS players in 2017.

    • Only eight returning FBS quarterbacks had a better touchdown-interception ratio than Franks last year. • Since the start of 1996, Tebow (7.50 - 2008; 5.33 - 2007; 4.20 - 2009) was the only Gator with a better touchdown-interception ratio than Franks’ 4.00 (24 to 6) in 2018. The next-closest ratio during that span was Chris Leak’s 3.33 (20 to 6) in 2005.

    • Franks was one of 12 FBS quarterbacks to throw more than 20 touchdowns and fewer than seven interceptions last season, a group that included stars such as Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Georgia’s Jake Fromm, and UCF’s McKenzie Milton.

    • Franks’ 24 touchdown passes last season -- the most since Tim Tebow’s 30 in 2008 -- ranked tied for 32nd nationally, while his 2,457 passing yards were UF’s highest total since Tebow’s 2,895 yards in 2009. Season GP Att-Comp (Pct.) Yards TD INT TD-INT Ratio 200+ Yards 2+ TDs 3+ TDs 2018 13 188-322 (58.4) 2,457 24 6 4.00 6 7 4 2017 11 125-229 (54.6) 1,438 9 8 1.13 1 3 0 • Franks’ four games of three-plus touchdown passes were the most such games since Tebow had four in 2008, and just one shy of UF quarterbacks’ combined total from the 50 games spanning 2014-17. His six 200-yard passing games were the most since Tebow’s seven in 2009.​

    SPECIAL TEAMS MAKING SPECIAL IMPACT
    • Sophomore Evan McPherson, one of the 20 Lou Groza Award semifinalists last year, has made his first two field goals of the year. McPherson ranked 6th nationally last year with an 89.5 percentage (17 of 19).

    • Senior Van Jefferson is one of Florida’s “gunners” on its punt team. In the Miami game, he downed a punt at Miami’s 5-yard line and recovered a muffed punt that set up a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.

    • “It’s something we stress so much within our team. You’re looking at a senior starting wide receiver that’s covering a punt, making plays. That really shows a lot about the team. Special teams is something we take a lot of pride in, we practice an awful lot.” --Dan Mullen after Miami win.

    • Senior Tommy Townsend has downed all four of his punts inside the 20-yard line this year. Townsend downed 17 of 39 punts inside the 20 last year.

    • Special teams coordinator Greg Knox has made an immediate impact with the Gators. Knox’s Mississippi State teams blocked 15 kicks or punts from 2014-17, which tied for the SEC lead and ranked 3rd nationally.

    • Since the start of 2014 (including UF’s three last year) here’s where Knox’s groups rank among all FBS teams

    GATORS DIAL UP DEFENSIVE PRESSURE
    • In 15 games under defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Florida has five-plus sacks in seven of them, as well as eight-plus tackles for loss in eight of them.

    • Florida had five-plus sacks in five games last year, eclipsing the 1996 and 1997 Gators and becoming the only UF team since 1990 with that many games in a season. UF had a season-high six sacks at Mississipppi State.

    • Pressure has also led to UF opponents going a combined 7 of 30 (23.3 %) on third and fourth down this year.

    • Florida is tied for 20th nationally in opponent third down conversion percentage (7 of 27 / 25.9%) this year.

    • The Gators defense has also been plenty fresh in the second half this season, contributing to Florida outscoring its opponents 45-7 after halftime.

    • Last year, UF’s defense--in spite of a depleted secondary and being without starting cornerback Marco Wilson after Week 2--made improvements in Grantham’s first year.

    All notes from UF Sports Media


     
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    Fan Football Parking and Game Day Information
    Visit UK Athletics for information on purchasing football parking permits, as well as pre-game and post-game traffic flow.

    Available Parking Structures:
    Please note, none of these parking structures have public restroom facilities. Tailgating is not permitted in UK parking structures.

    University Drive Garage (PS #1)
    Location: 1290 Veterans Drive (corner of Cooper and University drives)
    Cost: UK Football Permit Parking
    Distance from Kroger Field: 0.4 miles (approx. 8 minutes walking)
    Details: University of Kentucky Medical Center and Veterans Affairs employees who are working on game days are granted access with valid UK Permit and UKMC or VA ID. All other vehicles must display a UK football parking permit.

    Rose Street Garage (PS #2)
    Location: 538 Rose Street (entrance on Hilltop Avenue); adjacent to W.T. Young Library
    Cost: Free
    Distance from Kroger Field: 0.8 miles (approx. 16 minutes walking)

    Kentucky Clinic Garage (PS #3)
    Location: 140 Huguelet Avenue (Kentucky Clinic)
    Cost: Free
    Distance from Kroger Field: 0.9 miles (approx. 18 minutes walking)
    Details: Spaces marked “Twilight Clinic” are reserved for Kentucky Clinic patients.

    Press Avenue Garage (PS #6)
    Location: 721 Press Avenue (corner of Virginia Avenue)
    Cost: Free
    Distance from Kroger Field: 1.2 miles (approx. 24 minutes walking)

    Student and Employee Parking on Game Days
    Students and employees who park in the Kroger Field lots must move their vehicles before 7 a.m. on the days of home football games. Students and employees who park in the Kroger Field Green Lot must relocate prior to 10 p.m. the night before home football games.
    Note: Vehicles may be moved to most relocation areas after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and must be moved back by 5 a.m. Monday.

    The following areas are no parking zones on football home game days. This includes meters and motorcycle/motor scooter spaces:

    • Red, Blue, Green and Orange Lots at Kroger Stadium
    • Commonwealth Drive Lot near Greg Page Apartments
    • College Way East and West Lots
    • Sports Center Drive Garage on Sports Center Drive
    • Sports Center Drive (entire street)
    • University Drive (entire street)
    • Wildcat Court Lots
    Failure to move your vehicle from the these areas may result in a citation or impoundment at the owner’s expense.

    Students who park in the Rose Street Garage (PS #2) are not required to move their vehicles on home football game days. However, this facility is used to accommodate students who are required to relocate their vehicles, as well as for game day staff and fans. Should a R2 permit holder return to the Rose Street Garage on game day and not be able to find a parking space, they may park in any other designated parking relocation lots.

    Please see our Football Game Day Vehicle Relocation Map for details.

    Towing
    In the event that your car may have been impounded, please call:
    For UK lots, structures or property: UK Transportation Services | 859-257-5757 or 800-441-0555
    For other areas: Bluegrass Towing Inc. | 859-233-9711

    Questions about Football Games?
    If you have questions about attending the game, visit UK Football’s official gameday website, Gameday Central.
     
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    UK Story on their back up QB
    Experience Pays as Smith Fills in for Injured Wilson
    One play away. Every backup quarterback has heard the mantra a hundred times.
    Sawyer Smith has lived it. Twice.
    A season ago at Troy, Smith stepped in Kaleb Barker went down with a knee injury and helped lead the Trojans to a 9-3 season. That's what created the opportunity for Smith to come to Kentucky as a grad transfer.

    On Saturday, Smith found himself in a familiar situation when Wilson went down with a knee injury in the third quarter of a game against Eastern Michigan.
    "You need to be ready and ready to go," Smith said. "Next man up is a cliché thing to say, but that's what it is and that's how it really is right now."

    Last October, Smith ripped off a 63-yard run on his first play after Barker's injury. This September, his coaches let him settle in by calling four straight runs on Smith's first four plays. Then Smith cut it loose on a perfectly thrown deep ball to Ahmad Wagner for a 54-yard touchdown to steady the ship en route to a 38-17 victory for UK (2-0).
    Experience Pays as Smith Fills in for Injured Wilson - University of Kentucky Athletics

    As UK’s starter vs. Florida, Sawyer Smith will need a hand from his teammates
    Read more here: https://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-football/#storylink=cpy
    https://www.kentucky.com/sports/spt...lay/article234858567.html#storylink=mainstage
     
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    KY won 12 of the 1st 16 games.
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    Good luck and I hope it’s a great game with no injuries! If you are traveling to the game have a great and safe time!
     
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    Thanks Jeff - and the same to you and yours! Should be a fantastic game for both programs!
     
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