- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Here are five observations from Florida's 38-0 victory over Kentucky on Saturday at Florida Field:
1. Spreading the wealth: Florida spread the ball around in the passing game. QB Jeff Driskel completed passes to 10 players, including FB Hunter Joyer and freshman WR Raphael Andrades, who made the first start and reception of his career. It's obviously a sign that the coaching staff is able to trust more players, but it's also a sign that Driskel is continuing to steadily develop. He did lock on certain receivers at times on Saturday, but he did also go to his second and third options as well.
2. Better on third down: The Gators were among the nation's worst teams on third down entering the game (27 percent), but they converted 12 of 17 opportunities against Kentucky. More impressive is the Gators failed to convert on their first three third downs, which means they went 11-for-14 after that. Why? Better play calling, a little bit better push by the offensive line, and the fact that Kentucky is one of the league's worst teams.
3. Shifty guy: RB Mike Gillislee never seems to take a solid hit. The 5-foot-11, 209-pounder is pretty shifty for his size and he's able to spin and juke and make a lot of guys miss. The way that manifests itself is that he hardly ever gets stopped for a loss. He has lost just 9 yards in 66 carries this season. He carried the ball 13 times on Saturday had positive yardage on every carry.
4. M.I.A.: KR/WR Andre Debose remains in the dog house and becomes less and less a part of the team's plans each week. He did not play in the first half and didn't return a kickoff in the second. He returned two punts for 8 yards, and nearly fumbled away one punt. He was not one of the 10 players who caught passes, either. UF coach Will Muschamp on Debose after the game: "He has to practice better."
5. On the edge: UF struggled against the perimeter run early in the game, and the main reason was because of the play of the ends. Freshman Jonathan Bullard started in Dominique Easley's place and Earl Okine also saw playing time, but both had some trouble containing the edge. The Gators eventually settled down and corralled Kentucky RBs Jonathan George and Raymond Sanders. Plus, the Wildcats were forced to abandon the run once they got behind. Easley (knee) should be able to return for the Oct. 6 game against LSU.
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