Kentucky's offense isn't the only unit to dramatically improve in the offseason. So has its opponent Saturday.
After averaging just 18.8 points and just 316.7 yards a game last season, Florida (with quarterback Jeff Driskel back from injury) was dominant in its opener, scoring 65 points against Eastern Michigan. It's the most a UF team has scored since 2008.
The Gators, with new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, want to play fast and aggressively. They want to play at a high tempo like Roper's teams did at Duke.
In fact, UK's defense didn't spend much time studying the tape from last season's game against Florida. They poured over Blue Devils' footage instead.
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The Gators are a completely different offense, Cats defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said. An offense that managed just 66.1 plays per game last season ran 86 last week.
"They're a spread offense now," Eliot said. "Last year they were mainly a pro-style offense with some spread looks, and now they are a spread offense with a few pro looks. So it's quite a bit different."
Facing Kentucky's up-tempo offense the entire preseason and every day in practice has been good preparation for what the defense will see on Saturday, Eliot said.