Brooks post-Florida press conference notes

Rich Brooks says it wasn't hard to figure out why Florida's defense was able to shut down Kentucky's offense the second half Saturday.

Rich Brooks says it wasn't hard to figure out why Florida's defense was able to shut down Kentucky's offense the second half Saturday.

"Florida was more aggressive and was really teeing off up field on us," said the Kentucky coach Sunday. "Our technique kind of fell apart on footwork and some protection (in the offensive line). We just did not do as well because they were rushing up field more aggressively and our technique was not as good. You also have to remember that is a very difficult place from a noise standpoint to hear all the communications and get off on the snap at the same time."

But the coach had no complaints with quarterback Andre Woodson, who was 26-for-37 passing for 210 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. "I thought Andre played a very, very good game. He did just about everything we could expect of him," Brooks said.

Florida started juniors or seniors at 21 of the 22 positions on offense and defense. Kentucky started 11 juniors and seniors.

"I have said we are a young team, and obviously we are. Look at our top 44 (players on the depth chart) and it's pretty oversaturated with underclassmen," Brooks said. "The fact they are continuing to progress and make plays and do some good things in difficult situations against good people shows that if we can continue to add to our mix and gain experience, once we get to a position like Florida where we have all juniors and seniors in our starting lineup, then the fortunes of Kentucky football will change."

One role that won't change — at least for now — is the one played by Curtis Pulley. He had six catches for 63 yards at Florida, but his primary duty remains being Woodson's backup. Brooks says he will continue to take about 75 percent of his work at quarterback in practice and the rest at receiver.

"I think he did some good things. Obviously, if Andre keeps playing as well, then Curtis' role at receiver will expand. I would assume he will get better at receiver as we go through this because he is not getting a lot of practice reps at receiver," Brooks said. "We still need him to take snaps at quarterback. We are just one unfortunate injury away from him being our quarterback. We still have to be prepared for that.

So he remains a quarterback? "Absolutely. He's our backup quarterback," Brooks said.

No chance he'll be moved to receiver on a permanent basis? "Absolutely not," Brooks answered.

Injury update: Safety Roger Williams has a hamstring injury and is questionable for this week's game with Central Michigan. ... Running back Tony Dixon should be able to practice Tuesday after suffering a bruised shin at Florida. ... Center Matt McCutchan (ankle) and running back Rafael Little (knee, turf toe) missed the game at Florida and remain questionable for this week. ... Defensive lineman Jamil Paris is questionable because of an irregular heartbeat. "He had an episode earlier in a game and then settled down and didn't seem to be a big thing," Brooks said.

"Then he had two episodes in the game last night. We are just going to get him checked out by a heart specialist and proceed from there. You never want to take chances on things like that. If we have to run a bunch of tests, we will do that." Brooks said he would anticipate it taking two to three days to get Paris to a specialist and have the proper tests done.

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