Opposition Danger Men: Florida & Kentucky

Time to continue our odyssey though the SEC with the next part of our opposition danger men preview. These players are the ones who can take over on a Saturday if they are not properly game planned for and each has the potential to be a real thorn in the side of the Vanderbilt when game time rolls around. With just four games of the season remaining it is the turn of Florida and Kentucky.

Time to continue our odyssey though the SEC with the next part of our opposition danger men preview. These players are the ones who can take over on a Saturday if they are not properly game planned for and each has the potential to be a real thorn in the side of the Vanderbilt when game time rolls around. With just four games of the season remaining it is the turn of Florida and Kentucky.

Florida - Kelvin Taylor - RB

If you think it is strange that a backup running back would make this list then either you haven't looked at the Florida offense or you haven't seen Kelvin Taylor run. With Mike Gillislee now a Miami Dolphin the Gators are going to have to find some way to move the ball. Based on what we have seen so far it would be a stretch to assume Jeff Driskel would suddenly develop into any kind of consistent threat as a passer, while the stable of backs already in Tallahassee is good without being great. That is where Taylor will step in.

The son of former Gators and Jaguar great Fred Taylor has been destined for this spot his entire life. After wowing onlookers as an eight-grader he developed into a high school senior who put up numbers which were just ridiculous. Last year the younger Taylor rushed for over 2400 yards and 41 touchdowns in a single season. He has a blend of speed and agility which is superior even to his father, and he will be the best athlete on the field the minute he makes his college debut. A starter as soon as he picks up the playbook this Gator needs to be watched on every play.

Kentucky - Alvin Dupree - DE

Kentucky is a hard team to figure out entering 2013. The program seems to be 2-3 years behind Vanderbilt on the rebuilding level, but the recruiting job that new head coach Bob Stoops is doing is certainly getting the folks in Lexington more excited than they have been in years. His Air Raid offensive scheme will, in time, allow the Wildcats to put up points in bunches, but that is down the road and for now the talent level on offense is behind that on the other side of the ball.

There will be plenty of new starters on the field for Kentucky this fall, but the biggest contribution will come from holdover Alvin Dupree. Dupree, who had 91 tackles and 6.5 sacks last year, is switching from a hybrid linebacker/end to a hand in the turf pass rusher in Stoops' defensive scheme. This may actually lead to an increase in production from the player as he can focus on getting to the quarterback and refining his instinctive technique. With his blend of size and speed off of the ball Dupree can be an impact player game after game for Kentucky this season.

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