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Alex Brown remains ineffective

By DEBI JONES and JOANNE KORTH

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 24, 2000


GAINESVILLE -- All-America defensive Alex Brown had some time to think about what he wanted to do against Kentucky, but the time was not much of a help.

Brown, whose performance in last week's 27-23 victory against Tennessee consisted of one solo tackle and three assists, was replaced in the starting lineup against the Wildcats and did not play the first quarter.

"Alex Brown is a great player," defensive end Marcus Oquendo-Johnson said. "But we also have some other great players. So if Alex goes down, we need to have some players to step up in his place."

Brown's performance Saturday may not have redeemed him. He contributed one forced fumble but had no tackles as UF gave up more than 500 yards.

Junior Kennard Ellis took Brown's position in the starting lineup. During the first drive, Ellis tackled Kentucky's Chad Scott for a 1-yard loss.

Brown, off-limits to the media all week, declined to speak after the game.

LOCAL HEROES: Backup fullback Eric Jonsson, a senior walk-on from Seminole High, picked up 11 yards on his first career carry in the fourth quarter. He finished with 16 yards on two attempts. Backup defensive end Clint Mitchell, a freshman from Countryside High, recorded his first career sack, dropping Jared Lorenzen for an 8-yard loss.

"It was like riding your bike for the first time," Mitchell said. "I was waiting for it. I told the guys I was going to get one, and I went out and got one."

GOLDEN GRAHAM: Florida tailback Earnest Graham carried 14 times for 128 yards, the fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career and first this season. His 57-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter was UF's longest run this season.

SPURRIER UNDEFEATED: UF coach Steve Spurrier is undefeated against Kentucky. His UF record is 105-22-1.

NEW START: Sophomores Reche Caldwell and Taylor Jacobs started at receiver for the first time. They combined for three catches for 59 yards. Freshman Kelvin Kight had his first start as the third wide receiver. He caught one pass for 23 yards.

Senior Alex Willis sat out with a sprained ankle. Freshman Jabar Gaffney was suspended for the first half.

INJURY UPDATE: Defensive tackle Derrick Chambers (right ankle) and offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker (left ankle) did not play. ... During the game, middle linebacker Travis Carroll (sprained left knee) and tailback Bo Carroll (sprained ankle) left and did not return.

Travis Carroll had an MRI exam after the game and will be re-evaluated in 3-5 days. Bo Carroll will be re-evaluated Monday.

KEEPING IN TOUCH: Former and current Gator Olympians will have the chance to watch Saturday's game this afternoon. The game will be transmitted courtesy of the Sunshine Network and televised in the Florida World Pavilion in Sydney.

EXTRA POINTS: Florida and Kentucky combined for a series record 90 points. The teams have combined for 83 or more three of the past four seasons. ... Florida's turnover margin after four games last season was minus-2. This season, it is plus-7. ... Florida has turned 14 turnovers (nine fumble recoveries, five interceptions) into 69 points. ... UF recorded its longest touchdown drive of the season -- 3 minutes, 53 seconds in the first quarter -- and its two shortest -- a pair of one-play, 8-second drives.

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