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Florida losing streak stings in-state players even more

David Bouvier (Vicky Graff Photo)

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.”

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  1. Anybody who has been a fan of this football team for the past 31 years knows the pain and heartbreak with this opponent. I just think the way the streak is viewed from many on the UK team, coaches included, is off the mark in some ways. Of course it’s not the same players and even coaches every year, but it’s still the same teams, and many of the same players too. You can’t hide from the streak. These Kentucky boys know the score. Sometimes I think the streak means more to Florida football players than it does to Kentucky football players. When is this Kentucky team going to rise up and do something about it. I think when the right Coach inspires them to do just that. Is this the year?

    1. As much as I hate to say it, I fear this one will be ugly. From what I saw last Saturday we aren’t anywhere near ready for this game. Two inexperienced QBs and the starter with a history of turning the ball over will essentially take away the passing game. We’ll have to run the ball effectively against 10 men in the box in order to have any chance at all and I just don’t see it happening. My guess is Florida by 20.

      1. Oops meant 7 in the box.

      2. Norman, I want UK to win this game so bad. They must rise to the occasion. Win it, and I think UK has a tremendous year.

        1. Preach it Larry Pup

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