UK Football

Game notes

Cats look to get the jump on Tebow

The Kentucky defense will have to be prepared Saturday for the famous Tim Tebow jump pass, which the Gators have run to perfection several times during his career.

The play calls for Florida to line up in a running formation near the goal line. They then fake the run only to have Tebow pull back, jump in the air and throw to a usually wide-open tight end. Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez scored on a 1-yard jump pass from Tebow in the Gators' 45-37 win over UK last year.

"The tight end blocks and blocks, and everybody thinks it's a run, and then (the tight end) releases and is usually all alone in the end zone when Tebow jumps in the air," Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks said.

Brooks noted that in Florida's 31-30 loss to Mississippi earlier this season that the Rebels stayed with the tight end and dropped Tebow for a loss.

"That's how you defend it," Brooks said.

Playoffs begin for Newton

UK recruit Morgan Newton was to begin post-season play on Friday night for Carmel (Ind.) against rival Noblesville.

Carmel (8-1) suffered its first loss of the season last weekend against Indianapolis Ben Davis.

Going into Friday's game, Newton had completed 106 of his 169 pass attempts for 1,258 yards and 13 touchdowns with five interceptions while rushing for 932 yards and 14 touchdowns in 144 attempts.

Newton, who committed to UK in August, is planning to visit Commonwealth Stadium for the Georgia and Vanderbilt games, according to his father, John.

UK's other quarterback commitment for the 2009 class, Ryan Mossakowski of Frisco, Texas, was in attendance for the Arkansas game. Mossakowski left his game last week with an ankle injury.

Chip Cosby