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Kentucky Wildcats tailback predicts victory over Florida Gators

Kentucky sophomore tailback JoJo Kemp made headlines Tuesday, guaranteeing a victory over Florida in The Swamp on Saturday night.

The Deland native told the Louisville Courier-Journal, “A couple of my [high school] teammates actually went to Florida, so I’m familiar with a lot of those guys. It’s going to be fun walking out with a victory and rubbing it in their faces.”

Kentucky has lost 27 in a row to UF and is a 17-point underdog, and Kemp’s good-natured comment drew the fury of Wildcats coach Mark Stoops.

“I was outraged,” Stoops said during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference. “The thing is he was trying to make light of some friends that he has on the program. But like I told him yesterday, ‘You think they’re going to hear all that? They’re only going to hear the last five seconds of what you said.’”

GATORS LOSE DB

True freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson, a star at Immokalee, will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery next week, coach Will Muschamp announced Wednesday.

“It’s a labrum issue he had in high school that was repaired and continues to slip out,” Muschamp said. “He possibly could continue to push through the season but we felt like at his young age to go ahead and get it fixed and move forward. He's a guy who certainly was going to help on special teams and at corner. He's going to be an outstanding player. I'm disappointed for him, but we have to move forward.''

Jackson reinjured his shoulder during Florida’s 65-0 win over Eastern Michigan.

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