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Friday September 21, 2012 Gators Have Had a Block Party against Kentucky in recent years

The Gators tried to block a punt in the season opener against Bowling Green and Matt Elam barely missed it.

"Got his hand right there and was really close,'' Florida coach Will Muschamp said.

Gators block a kick

At Texas A&M, Muschamp said Florida never got a real shot.

In last week's win at Tennessee, the Gators had the punt block on but Tennessee used a rugby style punter to help avoid the pressure. Vols quarterback Tyler Bray even punted once.

Three games into the season and Florida, a program known to excel at blocking kicks, is still in search of its first blocked kick.

Kentucky could offer the perfect opportunity. The Gators have blocked six kicks against the Wildcats in their last six meetings -- four punts and two field goals.

In Florida's 63-5 win over Kentucky in 2008, the Gators blocked three kicks (two punts -- one by Chris Rainey and one by Jeff Demps -- and a field goal).

In Muschamp's first game against Kentucky -- a 48-10 win in Lexington last season -- Florida did not block a kick.

Gators defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said a blocked kick could change everything in a game if it comes at the right time.

"When you get a chance to block a kick, like a PAT or a field-goal attempt, where you're taking points off the board, those are big momentum-changers in ballgames,'' Quinn said. "All the blocks and that kind of stuff through the years here has been terrific and certainly a momentum changer."

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