September 26, 2013
Florida is the nation's leader in run defense, allowing just 55.3 yards per game.
Their per-rush average, 2.48 yards allowed per carry, is seventh in the nation. (The discrepancy comes because Florida has faced fewer rushes than every team but two.)
So Kentucky will be hard-pressed to get things going in the run game. To do so, they're turning to a Florida native and freshmen -- one Jojo Kemp, who is now listed as the co-No. 1 running back, along with senior Raymond Sanders.
Here's some quotes from Mark Stoops, Neal Brown and Kemp on going against Florida and working Kemp in more.
On Kemp in practice: "He’s had a good week. When we’ve gone up against the offense, the defense has gone good against good, he’s had some good runs and (he’s) playing hard and having some energy. It’s always good. You know I’m a big fan of Jojo, and I love Raymond, too. I want Raymond to continue to play well.”
On Kemp going up against the No. 1 run defense: "Jojo’s not worried about that. He’s ready to go play. We have a lot of respect for that defense and how hard they play, and Jojo’s a Florida kid, like you know, so he’ll be excited to go play.”
On facing the No. 1 run defense: "That’s a great question. It’s going to be a challenge. Here’s the deal, I’ve know Will (Muschamp) for a while. His defenses look the same year in and year out. They’re aggressive, they’re fundamentally sound and they fly to the football. They’re really good. I can describe on a bunch of different ways, but they’re as good or better than anybody in the country."
On Florida being the game to work Kemp in more: "Ray (Sanders) really hasn’t done anything wrong, but Jojo has been explosive when he’s gotten the ball in his hands. So regardless of who we were playing this week, he was going to get some more opportunities."
On whether he was disappointed Florida never offered: "No, not at all. They were trying to get me to play safety, and I wasn't really feeling it. I'm a running back, and I'm going to stick it out."
On getting a chance to be co-No. 1 against his hometown team: "I'm really, like, ready and excited to show these fans and this coaching staff to show what I have to bring to the table."