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Florida defense has difference-makers

By LARRY VAUGHT

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks threw five touchdowns for Florida in Saturday’s season-opening win over Charleston Southern, the first game for new coach Dan Mullen.

Franks struggled at times last year but Mullen praised his poise and confidence after the first game.

“He just looked much more comfortable,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “I think they gave him just enough reads and quarterback runs where he was comfortable in his decisions.

“Threw some very accurate passes. He’s got some good weapons to throw to. So, he just looked like a year older and very comfortable.”

Kentucky will get to see just how much more comfortable Franks is Saturday night when it tries to end a 31-year losing streak to the Gators.

“With the opponent they opened with, they didn’t have to tip off too much of what they’re going to do. But we don’t expect them to vary very much from what he (Mullen) did at Mississippi State, so we’ll be prepared for all that. We broke them down in the off-season, so they’re a good football team, just like you’d expect a Florida team to be,” Stoops said.

“They have some difference-makers on defense at all level of their defense. They have some disruptors up front. Their linebacker’s a really good player and their secondary, I think they gave up three yards (passing yards versus Charleston Southern). I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that. That’s pretty good. They have some very good players.

“Offensively, they’re doing some good things, just like you would expect from a Florida team. You got some speed at wide receiver, very good running backs and their quarterback played really good this past week. We’ll have our hands full.”

 

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  1. Until UK gets a QB that is at least a threat to pass the ball, they will have their work cut out for them against every SEC team. When your QB can’t connect on at least 60-65% of their passes, the Defense just needs to worry about the run.
    It is such a shame that UK, once again, has 2 very good tailbacks, 2 good tight ends, some good receivers, a pretty good O line, and no qb.
    What’s even worse is that Hinshaw has had 2 years to work with Hoak, yet according to the coaching staff, Hoak still cannot beat out a qb that struggles with Turn Overs and cannot connect on over 55% of his passes. I am not saying that Hoak should be the qb, even though I think he should, what I am saying is it’s a shame that Hinshaw didn’t do a better job preparing Hoak, so he could be hands down starter. Just another area where this coaching staff fails at developing players.

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