LEXINGTON, Ky. — The consensus quote out of Kentucky’s practice Tuesday night was that the Wildcats have “moved on” from Saturday’s stunner.
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran acknowledged that he wished he could have about six calls back, but he led the message that UK is ready to look forward to Florida rather than behind to Southern Miss.
“It’s gone now,” Gran said. “We’re moving on. We have to. Especially in this league, it doesn’t get any easier.”
It won’t be easier at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., where Kentucky hasn’t won since 1979.
What we learned:
- Sophomore QB Drew Barker put a large portion of the loss on himself after Tuesday’s practice despite a four-touchdown performance in the first half. His struggles in the second half were punctuated by an interception that Kentucky couldn’t come back from, but Barker said he learned something from that throw: “Don’t really force anything and just stick to the game plan,” he said. “Don’t try to be a hero.”
- Gran talked up the Gators defense after Florida gave up just seven points in its season opener, albeit to Massachusetts: “When you talk about a top-10 defense, they’re doing something right,” Gran said. “It’s normal Florida.”
- Kentucky is trying not to be “normal” Kentucky. Senior running back Jojo Kemp is aware of the losing streak to Florida — the longest active streak in the nation at 29 games. He’s also aware of his team’s tendency to blow leads late in the game: “It’s a little frustrating, but, you know, nobody said it was going to be easy,” Kemp said.
Quote of the day:
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran: “There’s a lot of people today looking out saying, ‘I wish we would’ve won.’ You keep dealing with that, you’re going to have a serious problem. It’s about us. Nobody else right now. It’s about Kentucky.”
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