UK Offensive Line Must Step Up Against Florida


Kentucky gave up four sacks in its win over Miami of Ohio and the Cats rushed for only 50 yards on 26 carries — not the kind of numbers UK’s Big Blue Wall has been used to in recent years.

“Yeah, it’s all fixable. We have a young group that doesn’t have as much experience as we’re used to seeing in the past. I mean, we had to replace three guys lost to the NFL so you can’t rebuild the wall overnight. It’s going to take some time,” center Eli Cox, last year’s starting right guard, said.

“We had a lot of guys that never even started a game here before that are very talented players who I’m very confident in, but now, having that experience under their belts, I think it’s only going to be smoother sailing from here for them.”

Cox said Miami was not doing anything special or unexpected and probably not nearly as much as what Florida’s defensive front will try to do Saturday night.

“That was one thing we knew going in, that they’re not trying to do anything crazy, but what they do, their fundamentals, they’re very gap sound,” Cox said. “The Miami defensive line wasn’t going to beat themselves.

“A win is a win. We are not going to apologize for that. A lot of guys got to play in some new spots, but, I mean, obviously that is not the standard with our big blue wall. We’ve got to earn that title back and we have to have good preparation and have more snaps under our belts so the group can gel and start to be a cohesive unit.”