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Florida Football Game Day Central - Two projected starters out

September 7, 2018
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GAME DAY: FLORIDA v KENTUCKY

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Breaking News:

We Chomp Chat: Two projected starters appear out

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Game: 7:30 p.m. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (The Swamp) 
TV: The SEC Network (Streaming WatchESPN.com)
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network (Local Affiliates) Sirius Channel: 99 / 190 [XM]
Live Coveage: Florida-Kentucky game thread
Game Week Coverage: UF-UK game news feed

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Game Notes (Courtesy Florida Sports Information)


THE STREAKS 

• Florida’s 31-game winning streak against Kentucky is fourth-longest streak in an uninterrupted series in NCAA history.

• Consecutive wins in an uninterrupted series (must have played consecutive years):

  • 43 Notre Dame over Navy (1964-2006)
  • 36 Nebraska over Kansas (1969-2004)
  • 32 Oklahoma over Kansas State (1937-68)
  • 31 Florida over Kentucky (1987-Present)
  • 29 Nebraska over Kansas State (1969-97)
  • 28 Texas over Rice (1966-93)
  • 26 Syracuse over Hobart (1906-31)
  • 26 Tennessee over Kentucky (1985-2010)

• Florida has also won 13 consecutive SEC openers.

• The streak is far and away the longest in program history, long ago eclipsing the previous record of nine (1954-1962).

THE MULLEN ERA OPENS ON STRONG NOTE

Dan Mullen’s first game as Florida head coach was a resounding 53-6 victory over Charleston Southern.

• Mullen is back on the Gators’ sideline, where he was Florida’s offensive coordinator from 2005-08 and helped them win two BCS National Championships.

NOTABLES FROM FLORIDA-CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

Feleipe Franks threw five passing touchdowns in the first half, joining Rex Grossman, Doug Johnson, Terry Dean, and Danny Wuerffel.

• It also marked the seventh time in history UF threw five touchdown passes in a half, as Jesse Palmer (two) and Doug Johnson (three) combined for five in the first half versus Kentucky on Sept. 26, 1998.

• Florida’s defense held Charleston Southern to three passing yards--the lowest total in the nation for Week 1, and Florida’s second-lowest opponent passing total since 1996.

• With three makes from Gators kickers Evan McPherson (2 of 2) and Jorge Powell (1 of 1), Florida has made 19 consecutive field goals--a streak that dates back to last year’s opener against Michigan.

• The Gators also blocked two kicks (blocked field goal and PAT) for the first time since the 2013 Sugar Bowl.

Dan Mullen improved to 8-2 in season openers as a head coach, and improved the record of Florida head coaches in their debut game to 20-7

CROSSING PATHS

Greg Knox coached with Kentucky’s Eddie Gran (assistant head coach - offense / running backs) at Ole Miss (1995-98) and Auburn (1999-2008)--under Tommy Tuberville--for the exact same timeframes. Knox was the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at both stops, while Gran was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach.

Sal Sunseri coached with Kentucky’s defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc at LSU (2000), defensive coordinator Matt House at Michigan State (2001) and the Carolina Panthers (2008), and assistant coach Darin Hinshaw at Tennessee (2012).

Billy Gonzales also coached with LeBlanc at LSU (2010-11), along with the Wildcats’ defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale at Illinois (2012).

Charlton Warren coached with Kentucky’s outside linebackers coach Brad White at Air Force (2010-11).

• UF does not have any players from the state of Kentucky, while the Wildcats have 18 players from Florida.

• Florida’s Khairi Clark and Kentucky’s Josh Ali both attended Chamindate-Madonna College Prep

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