Kan Li / Scout

Five that need to step up: Gators vs Kentucky

Florida will take the show on the road for the first time this season and it also marks their first SEC contest of the year when they head to Lexington to take on the University of Kentucky. These five Gators need to step it up a notch for the Gators to win.

Cameron Dillard: Florida’s center didn’t have a bad game last week, but at least twice was caught not blocking a blitzing linebacker and instead double teaming with the guard on a block. The miss allowed one sack and another hurry and there may have been more. Dillard has to be on the ball with his read of the defense pre-snap and follow through during the play as there is no doubt the Wildcats will try and duplicate the issue.

Will Grier: Grier gets the start on Saturday and got most of the time on the field last week. He needs to take advantage and with help from his offensive line, he needs to find the deep routes and combination routes that make this an offense like we haven’t seen in quite a while. Grier has the confidence, maybe a little too much at times, so he needs to stay away from turning the ball o

Austin Hardin: One for three on field goals isn’t going to cut it.  He is pounding the ball on kickoffs, so that ids fine, but he has to make his field goals. The Gators left six easy points on the field last week and they can’t afford to do that in the SEC.

Keanu Neal: I am one that believes that the few blunders in the secondary are due to communication problems with at least two starters out for both games. So much change back there over the last few weeks has to be detrimental to communication. Neal will play for the first time this year and he is part of the glue in the secondary that we expect to be one of the best in the country this year. He is ready to go and hungry to prove himself at this point.

Kelvin Taylor: The throat slash is history; he’s a great person with the best work ethic on the team. That hatchet is buried. But, Taylor refuses to follow his blocks sometimes and kicks it outside too much. He did that at least three times last week including once that probably would have resulted in a touchdown. He has gotten better at it this fall, but reverted back a little last week.


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