Kentucky RB Jojo Kemp provides incentive to Gators

Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp said he can't wait to beat Florida on Saturday. (AP photo)

Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp said he can’t wait to beat Florida on Saturday. (AP photo)

You would think if your team hasn’t defeated another team since 1986, you’d mind your mouth.

Not Kentucky RB Jojo Kemp.

Kemp, who is from Deland, Fla., has flamed Florida’s ire by basically guaranteeing a victory on Saturday.

In The Swamp.

“A couple of my (high school) teammates actually went to Florida, so I’m familiar with a lot of those guys,” Kemp told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “It’s going to be fun walking out with a victory and rubbing it in their faces.”

He probably doesn’t know Kentucky hasn’t defeated Florida since 1986 — that’s 27 years — and hasn’t defeated them in Gainesville since 1979. Florida, which defeated Eastern Michigan 65-0, also is coming off its biggest offensive game since 2008.

Kemp not only expects to win, he thinks he’ll have a huge game in front of many  family members.

“I’m just going to show them what I came here for, the reason I came here, to show them what I’ve been working so hard for. I don’t usually go home during my breaks, so I want to actually show them why I haven’t been home.”

Kemp, a sophomore, led Kentucky with 482 yards rushing last year, averaging 4.8 yards a carry. He’s the third-leading rusher this season with 79 yards and one score.

He said he never considered going to Florida.

“I was actually a Miami (Hurricanes) fan growing up, so I never really liked the Gators.”


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