By LARRY VAUGHT
For some Kentucky football players, UK’s 31-year losing streak to Florida is not that significant because they did not grow up in this state and have not been part of more than two or three losses — or maybe none.
For in-state players like Drake Jackson, Kash Daniel and David Bouvier, it’s a bit different. They all grew up UK fans and have dealt with the losing streak for years.
“A lot of the guys on the team know about it but they don’t know like the Kentucky guys do,” Bouvier, a Lexington Catholic product, said about the streak. “We have been around.
“I have had season tickets for the games. I have been through heartache and we have been close the last several years. It’s really a different feeling for us. I am always thinking about the streak.”
One difference for him this year is that he will be on the field as a starting receiver and starting punt returner. He’s not played against Florida before.
“It is definitely different than previous years. I don’t want to over think it. I just want to get out there and do my job. Just make sure I am giving it all for my teammates so we can win,” Bouvier said.
He had a touchdown catch in the Central Michigan win, but says it was far from a perfect performance from him.
“When I saw the film, there were areas I could have done a lot better on,” Bouvier said. “I did well on that (touchdown) drive but there were many things I can improve on. Gunnar (Hoak) made me look very good. We have worked — and same with Terry (Wilson) — on those throws a lot and I knew where the ball was going to be. We all trust Terry and Gunnar both. They are both great guys, great friends. I know they’ll play great at Florida, too.”