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Gators' speed is concern for Kentucky



When he began to study film of Florida on Sunday, one of the biggest things that stood out for Kentucky coach Joker Phillips is the Gators' team speed.

And that, Phillips said, is one of the biggest challenges the Wildcats will face when they travel to play Florida Saturday night.

"We've got a huge challenge this week,'' Phillips said. "The speed of the game will change drastically and we've got to be ready to match it.
And also match the intensity.''

"Urban's (Meyer) comment when he took the job was he wanted to recruit the fastest team in the country, and if they're not, they are one of the fastest teams in the country,'' Phillips added. "That's the one thing that jumps off (the film) to me is just how fast this team is.''

Kentucky is the only team in the SEC that has scored on its opening possession in all three games this season, and Phillips said getting a quick start will be critical against Florida, especially on the road.

"That's very important for us,'' he said. . . . "You never know what happens late in a game but we've got to continue to go toe-to-toe
with them and match play with them and let's just see what happens. Play with unbelievable confidence, play with unbelievable enthusiasm, play with unbelievable excitement and let's just see what happens.''

[Last modified: Monday, September 20, 2010 9:49am]


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