Gators offensive line and Malik Davis face challenge with Kentucky


When No. 20 Florida takes on Kentucky this Saturday its offensive line will be challenged by Kentucky's rushing defense, which is ranked third nationally. The Wildcats only allowed 171 yards rushing through their first three games.

"I think that's very important when you can have a run game," said Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks. "Our line did a great job. I can speak so highly of them. They did a great job of pass protection, but obviously in the run game, opening up holes for every single running back that was in."

A lot of young players have stepped up this season, and one of the players who stands out is freshman running back Malik Davis. He leads the team in yards rushing with 102, and that number puts him second in all-purpose yards. Ahead of him is Tyrie Cleveland with 257 yards.

"He's a little bit different," said Jim McElwain about Davis. "He's a slasher. Does a really good job at sticking his foot in the ground and running through inside arm tackles."

Another notable freshman is C.J. Henderson. After returning an interception for a touchdown in consecutive games, he became the first true freshman since 1996 to accomplish the feat and was named SEC freshman of the week. Henderson has a chance to set a record this season, as he's tied for first in program history with two pick-six games in a single season.

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