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Jim McElwain says Kentucky is “In the Driver’s Seat” to win the SEC East

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The Kentucky football team is in uncharted territory.

Entering Saturday’s game against Florida, Kentucky is undefeated.  A win would put them at the top of the SEC through four games.  While fans dream of seeing their Wildcats atop the SEC East, Florida head coach Jim McElwain believes that dream could become a reality.

“I know you guys take it as coach-speech, but Kentucky’s a team in the driver’s seat because they’re playing at home and they’re undefeated in the East,” McElwain said on today’s SEC teleconference.

That wasn’t the only praise he dished out for the Wildcats.

“Since I’ve been here it’s the most complete team they’ve had.  They’re probably playing as good as any team in the SEC.  They’re playing with confidence, doing a great job with their quarterback.  He knows what to do, how to do it, and they’re really doing a great job on defense forcing you to become one-dimensional.”

McElwain is anxious to see how his team responds on the road after the emotional last-minute victory over Tennessee.

“Really looking forward to kind of seeing a little more about ourselves.  Obviously, the early part of our season’s been a little bit of an emotional roller coaster for us, the way last game ended and all that kind of stuff.  Now the fun part comes where you’re able to go play at a sold out arena on the road and kind of find out who you are a little bit.  Our guys are looking forward to it.”

One player may not have the opportunity to respond on the field right away.  Duke Dawson has two interceptions in the Gators’ two games, one for a touchdown, but was sidelined with a concussion against Tennessee.  Dawson Tweeted that he’ll be able to play on Saturday but McElwain said, “we’ll see,” if the defensive back can pass concussion protocol.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

13 Comments for Jim McElwain says Kentucky is “In the Driver’s Seat” to win the SEC East



  1. Cmart0907
    12:46 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    Can we beat Florida first. We’re getting ahead of ourselves. These past years we start off good and then end up with a bad s.e.c record.



    • maximumscott
      2:42 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

      You are right about having great records in 1st half only to slip in 2nd half, but the way we looked against SC is what people are most excited about. We look more complete and are playing better than UF right now.

  2. Don’t fall for it!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F4qzPbcFiA

    He’s trying to lull us to sleep then sucker punch us!



  3. secrick
    1:06 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    I believe we can beat Florida and also think they can beat us.I will wait to talk about winning the East after this game.



  4. TakenNotGiven
    1:14 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    Can we show him with his pet shark on the screens in Kroger Field whenever we get a first down?



    • RealCatsFan
      1:17 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

      Ha – beat me to it! I was wondering when the picture of him making fin-love to the shark would come up. Wasn’t there another picture of him with really bad sunburn on the net a while back? Things that make you go “hmmmm”. 😀



    • runningunnin.454
      1:39 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

      Awwww, he get pretty mad.



  5. TBW3011
    2:48 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    Not sure everyone is aware the non-conference record doesn’t matter in winning your division. We have played ONE game in conference. ONE.



    • foamfinger
      2:55 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

      Yep. Don’t get ahead of ourselves with winning the East.



  6. Le Docteur
    2:50 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    Another Lou Holtz impersonator



  7. LegggoooCats
    3:28 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    He’s hoping the UK players hear this and come in overly confident. It is definitely “coach speak.” I think we can beat UF, but also feel like we could get throttled… I have no idea what to truly expect.



  8. sincitycat
    4:02 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    Was he talking about basketball?