Kentucky regroups after Florida thrashing

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach Joker Phillips says he’s confident the Wildcats are already over last weekend’s 48-14 loss to Florida.

Phillips calls his team’s attitude down, but not necessarily defeated. The Wildcats (3-1, 0-1 SEC) were gashed by the Gators in the second half, as Florida pulled away behind the play of freshman Trey Burton, who set a school record with six touchdowns.

Phillips blames part of Florida’s outburst on his team’s poor tackling. Kentucky will return to full-contact practices this week to shore up its tackling technique.

The coach adds the Wildcats will need to be better if they want to slow down Ole Miss (2-2, 0-1), who are led by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. The Rebels ran for 425 yards in a win over Fresno State on Saturday.

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