The rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville runs as deep as any in college sports.
Wildcats don’t like Cardinals and vice versa. It’s just how it is. It’s so serious that players that have transferred away from Kentucky or Louisville still hate either the blue or red.
Jonathan Greenard, a graduate transfer from Louisville that now plays for the Gators, is one of those players. Ahead of Saturday’s game, Greenard retweeted an old video of an interview he had prior to Louisville’s game against Kentucky in 2017.
When asked who stood out on UK’s offense to him during film, Greenard said “None of them jump out at me.” Louisville went on to win that game 44-17.
Today, Greenard again kept it short with the comment, “Ain’t nun changed”.
Ain’t nun changed... #BeatUK https://t.co/LdV6e6KjJQ— Jon (@jongreenard7) September 9, 2019
Those are big words a season after Kentucky beat both his former and current teams. Florida has a talented roster, though, and with this being their first weekend without Terry Wilson, the Wildcats are going to be shorter handed than usual against the Gators.
Greenard, who won SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after his game against Miami, has at least a small reason to feel some sense of confidence going into Saturday. With that said, though, it’s never smart to say anything prior to the game. For all anyone knows, Kentucky’s entire offense may have jumped out to him by the time the clock hits zero.
Still, Lynn Bowden is an established star in the SEC, while Kavosiey Smoke and A.J. Rose are a great backfield tandem. And there’s also the emergence of Ahmad Wagner, who is putting up absurd numbers in terms of his yards-per-target and all the pass interference penalties he draws.
Ahmad Wagner— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettKSR) September 9, 2019
21.3 yards per catch, 16 yards per target, 2 grabs for 25+ yards, Multiple PI calls
Force feed him the rock.
Oh, and we can’t forget about the guys who will be blocking Greenard this week. Through two games, Kentucky’s veteran offensive line has been one of, if not the team’s biggest strengths, as they’re opening paving the way for big gains from whoever is at running back while also keeping the quarterbacks clean.
Either way, things like this is what will feed the excitement for the game all week long. If beating a ranked Florida team for the second straight year wasn’t going to be good enough for the Wildcats, beating an ex-Cardinal as well would be like hitting two birds with one stone.