University of Florida

Florida Gators to focus on ball security against Kentucky

Florida leads the nation in turnover margin (+5) after just a single game, but coach Will Muschamp is concerned about his team’s ball security in advance of Saturday’s matchup with Kentucky (7:30 p.m., SEC Network).

“We had some issues handling the ball,” Muschamp said.

“It didn’t hurt us, but it certainly can.”

Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper echoed Muschamp’s worries, explaining that too often in Florida’s opener against Eastern Michigan, its tailbacks and wideouts weren’t securing the football after a run or catch.

“Most of it is when guys get running with the football and they’re not doing a great job of keeping it protected,” Roper said.

“We had one, it was a great third-down conversion where [Demarcus Robinson] took it and put in one hand. Just things that are going to cost you at times. Just truly, truly cost you.”

The Wildcats (2-0) rank second nationally in turnover margin and have forced four fumbles in two games.

THIS & THAT

Marcus Maye (strained hamstring) missed the opener versus EMU, but the starting nickelback has practiced all week and is probable for Kentucky. … The Gators currently lead the nation in six significant statistical categories: scoring offense (65.0 points per game), total defense (125.0 yards per game), scoring defense (0.0 points per game), passing defense (45.0 yards per game), turnover margin (+5) and red zone defense (.000).

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