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Wednesday September 25, 2013 Pease and Phillips back to Kentucky, Demps update, Easley's play, plus more tidbits

Dominique Easley

Senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley is playing at a high level early in the season.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gators are preparing for their SEC road opener on Saturday at Kentucky.

Florida has won 26 in a row over the Wildcats and seek to make it 27 straight in Tyler Murphy’s first career start at quarterback.

Here are some fresh links from around the Internet covering items of interest leading up to Saturday’s game:

--Gators punter Kyle Christy is facing competition from freshman Johnny Townsend writes Jesse Simonton of The Miami Herald.

--Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease wants new starting quarterback Tyler Murphy to be himself as Florida prepares to play at Kentucky.

--Speaking of Pease, he knows Kentucky well and really enjoyed his time in Lexington writes David Jones of Florida Today.

--Former Gators running back Jeff Demps was activated Monday by the Bucs, and the Leesburg (Fla.) Daily Commercial profiled the hometown track/football standout.

--South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, a former Gators quarterback, was impressed by Murphy over the weekend writes Edgar Thompson of The Orlando Sentinel.

--Wildcats coach Mark Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, both at Florida State last season, talk about prepping for the Gators writes Kyle Tucker of the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal.

--Gators receivers coach Joker Phillips has spent most of his career at Kentucky and those in the Bluegrass State wonder how emotional it will be for him writes Larry Vaught of the Danville (Ky.) Advocate-Messenger.

--Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley playing better than stats indicate writes Chase Goodbread of

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