Florida LB likes Commonwealth atmosphere

Florida linebacker Ryan Stamper will be making his second visit to Commonwealth Stadium when the defending national champion Gators play Kentucky in September.

He still remembers the 2007 trip to Lexington when Florida outscored UK 45-37 on CBS-TV when the ESPN GameDay crew picked that for the game of the week.

"I definitely remember that game. That was a big-time atmosphere with GameDay there. Kentucky fans were real hyped. It was a good, high scoring game with two great quarterbacks in (Andre) Woodson and (Tim) Tebow. It was very exciting to even play in," he said.

Yet it wasn't the win UK fans wanted, especially since Florida has not lost to Kentucky since 1986 when UK won 10-3.

"That is hard to believe. Kentucky has a good program. They really do. They have a lot of good players. A lot of the games they lose are close games. I am excited to play Kentucky every year and I don't worry about the streak. I really didn't even know that much about it until last year," Stamper said. "We treat every game the same. We don't want to lose. If we lose to Kentucky we won't look at it like we haven't lost in 23 years. We will look at it like we lost a game that we wanted to win."

Stamper said he's anxious to see what the atmosphere will be like for this year's game in Lexington.

"I really liked it up there. That was my first time to go there and it really was a good experience. I can't wait to see that excitement again knowing they will all want to beat the Gators," he said. "That creates an atmosphere that is really fun to play in."

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