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Fueling the Florida Fire: Cats are Ready to Take Down the Gators


Z stalks Gators like he stalks Redhawks.

Z stalks Gators like he stalks Redhawks.

Brent Pease has a longstanding phenomenal interesting relationship with Kentucky football in the media. The Florida OC publicly called out Jared Lorenzen a few years back, sending out another ‘interesting’ message to the media today, saying he expects Kentucky to spy a defender to limit Murphy’s ability to scramble. Is Pease’s early week comments attempting to trick the young staff into falling for the trap by not putting a spy on the athletic Tyler Murphy? Here’s what a few people had to say:

Mark Stoops: “It could be maybe. We’ll do what we do. They’ve seen us do a lot of things over the years. We’re constantly trying to build on things, we’ve been building on things the last two or three weeks, and done some different things and we’re going to continue to do that.”

DJ Eliot: “It doesn’t change my preparation based on what he says. We’ve got a plan in place that we’ve got to execute, but we are aware of what his skills are.”

Avery Williamson: “Maybe so.” (with a chuckle)

Stopping the elusive quarterback in the read option isn’t anything Za’Darius Smith or DJ Eliot are too concerned about, relying on sound disciplined assignment football to contain the beast. Moving Josh Forrest into starting Sam Linebacker could also help keep the speedster inside. Forrest’s speed and length are his greatest asset, making the transition from WR on offense to defense, just like former Stoops/Eliot first round draft pick Xavier Rhodes.

Pease’s comments may stir the pot a little, but it gets much better. Za’Darius is geeking over his first SEC game. The caliber of a program like Florida might intimidate most, but this is Za’Darius, “It’s an OK team, I’m not just going to say (that) they’re all that. Hey, it’s the SEC.” When asked if they looked bigger/faster/stronger on tape than he expected, he said, “No they didn’t, they actually looked smaller than people we already played.”

If that doesn’t pump up the D, a 26-game losing streak might. Avery said the coaches and players have mentioned it, using the streak as a “chip on our shoulder”. Avery has faith in his guys, “I think it’s a very beatable game- I know it is. You have to go in with that attitude and come out with a win.” The night game atmosphere at Commonwealth will be more than enough to get the juices flowing.

After reading those last two paragraphs, check your pulse. Yeah, I’m ready for gameday too.

 

Boone’s Butcher Shop Injury Report

It’s generally good news all around. As Drew said earlier, Max Smith had a great day of work after going a week without throwing the ball. When Donte Rumph rolled on his shoulder (the one he didn’t have surgery on after Spring practice) the Cats run defense suffered without a big body in the middle. Donte practiced in full gear after sitting out a week with a bruise, saying today, “I’m back and I’m feeling great.” Avery Williamson‘s jammed left wrist is in a precautionary cast this week after jamming it in practice. Avery hopes the nuisance will be off game-time.

- Jon Gruden’s unrelenting praise last night wasn’t just focused on Peyton Manning. Former Wildcat Linebackers Danny Trevathan and Wesley Woodyard have become the two best defensive players on the AFC’s best team. Avery Williamson grew to consistently become one of the SEC’s leading tacklers under the wings of Danny T. Avery can’t hide his wide smile when talking about the success of his close friends, “I’m proud of them. To see them doing such a great job and really coming along. I feel like they’re some of the top linebackers in the league right now. It just shows that we do have some great talent coming out of Kentucky.” Their great play proves that Avery could become a great NFL linebacker one day.

To finish, Za’Darius Smith does his best Deebo impersonation on campus.

(h/t @andrewfouch)

(h/t @andrewfouch)

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 responses to “Fueling the Florida Fire: Cats are Ready to Take Down the Gators”

  1. Gator

    The title should say: “The cats are ready to go down on the Gators.”

  2. kentucky effect

    Really don’t understand all this false hype and putting so much on this rebuilding team… The thing is only a dumb ass would truly believe we are ready to actually beat Florida. Lets give things some time and stop all this world beater crap so early into the Stoops process. KSR hops on this train week end and week out and totally disappears when we get thumped…But wait they come right back with their clueless predictions. Not surprising knowing Matt’s knowledge of the sport. Give it time KSR and stop this crazy HYPE Game…

  3. Jimmy

    2- “week end and week out”… they’re all gonna laugh at you.

  4. kentucky effect

    3- You got me…I do need to slow down!

  5. Inspector

    As a fan of football and the underdog, I have to think that this could happen, Cats beating Gators. The Cats have to play a very good game and with no turn overs. In return. if the Gators play like they did last weekend then anything can happen. At no time this during KSR show this week has Jones came out and flat said that the Cats are going to win. He has said this could be the weekend that it could happen. I think Stoops has put together game plan to control the Gators offense, I just hope Brown has put a game plan together for Cats to move the ball against the Gators.
    With all said that is why the games are played to see who wins, if Gators win so be it and Cats win then we can say they are moving in the right direction.
    The main thing is for good and safe game with no players getting hurt and let the best team win, Cats or Gators’

    GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Ho Lee Fuk

    #2 If you are a UK fan, why? I do not know why people like you even follow sports. Why do you feel the need to be the 2nd comment on a positive post about football. Save you “Not Knute Rockne” crap to yourself. Anyone that watched Florida play can see that they are not great this year, and are beatable.

  7. kentucky effect

    5- In this very post…Quote; Cats are ready to take down the Gators…..If that isn’t calling the shot then I have a swamp in Gator Land for you. OWN IT INSPECTOR OR PUT SOME GLASSES ON BEFORE YOUR NEXT INSPECTION! Other than that I agree with you.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Suk Me Slo

    #6……Confucius say….Man named HO LEE FUK will push your stool in for you…

  9. Some Guy in Kentucky

    Pease may know every team that plays them when Murphy is QB will use a spy. But teams will be glad to have him trying to pass the ball, because he is not good at it. If he passes it will be more roll out pases with 2 players running routes. So, even if he knows it is coming it will still be effective.

  10. kentucky effect

    @6…Not Great this year and beatable…..OK… does that mean that we can beat them? HELL NO…Not even close, wake up and stop living in your little Dream World. If you choose to wake up the Sunday morning sports page won’t be so hard to accept and read….. JUST BEING REAL CHINA MAN…

  11. Inspector

    Nick Roush wrote this article, not for sure without my glasses, is a blogger for KSR not a paid writer. It is his opinion that the Cats are ready to take down the Gators. But who I am I, I am just a BIG BLUE FAN that sees a slight chance that it could happen. Unlike you Kentucky effect, that must not think it could happen. I did not think it would happen in 2007 with wins over the Card and LSU, but I did not have my glasses on then either. I not on here to get crap started just somebody that see a program going in better direction than when Toker was in charge, sorry Joker in charge.
    GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. kentucky effect

    @ 11…doesn’t matter who wrote it based on your theory that every now and then the squirrel finds a nut…..OK, I agree with that!

  13. Princess

    Every year we have this discussion like Kentucky all of a sudden got some players on the same level as Florida. But, let’s compare. Our DEF is outstanding. We have playmakers in OFF minus Driskel. And, our ST is better. Game over….

  14. twnky

    That’s my bike punk!!!

  15. Andrew

    That’s my photo right there 😎