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Five Kentucky Players to Know

September 7, 2018
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As the Florida Gators prepare to open their 2018 SEC play against the Kentucky Wildcats, they will get their first true test of the season against a team that returns more starters (19) than any team in the nation. There are a few players on the Cats though that stand out more than others and will demand attention.

So, settle in for Florida’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff against the Cats and keep your eye on these five players who Dan Mullen and the Gators need to contain in order to come away with a win that will help extend their win streak against Kentucky to 32.

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  • Running back Benny Snell Jr.

There’s been no side-stepping with coach speak this week; the Gators have come right out and said that Benny Snell is getting the bulk of their attention Saturday night. The junior had 125 yards on 20 carries and touchdowns during the opener, building off last season when he had 1,333 yards and a school-record 19 touchdowns. He’s the Cats bell cow and will see the bulk of the load. He’s the most important player the Gators will have to stop if they want to win.

  • Quarterback Terry Wilson

Kentucky’s sophomore passer has all of the tools to be great, but he’s still adjusting to the game after redshirting his first season at Oregon and spending last season at JUCO. He choose UK over Florida coming out of Garden City Community College and seemed to catch a case of nerves during the Cats opener. He’s now stepping into a hostile environment where the Gators can capitalize on his mental game. Wilson could take over and show the skills that made him sought after or succumb to even more nerves.

  • Linebacker Josh Allen

The Cats rush end returned for his senior year and started off on a strong note. He had 10 tackles during the opener, including three for loss and a sack. The Gators looked much better in pass pro during the season opener but Allen will be a true test for the offensive line and Feleipe Franks who is becoming more comfortable with moving in the pocket. Allen’s 6’5” frame will be hard to contain on the edge and he’s someone Florida will have to account for on every snap.

  • Safety Mike Edwards

The senior safety has eight career interceptions but can be a force in run defense as well. He brings 97 tackles from 2017 along with great experience and knowledge to the Cats secondary. There’s a reason he peppers multiple preseason awards lists including the Bednarik, Thorpe, Nagurski and Senior Bowl.

  • Tight end CJ Conrad

The senior was second on the Cats versus Florida last season with two receptions for 34 yards. He suffered a November injury versus Georgia but before hand was second on the team with 16 receptions for four touchdowns. He’s also one of UK’s best run blockers. Conrad is someone who will be a integral part to several parts of Kentucky’s game and should receive the Gators attention accordingly.

Five Kentucky Players to Know

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