LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky hopes having the weekend off provides energy for the toughest part of its season.
The Wildcats (1-2) returned to practice Monday to prepare for Saturday night's Southeastern Conference opener against No. 20 Florida (2-1, 1-0), the first of three straight against ranked league opponents including No. 12 South Carolina next week and No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 12.
Saturday also marks the return of former Kentucky coach Joker Phillips, fired last fall after three seasons and now Florida's wide receivers coach. Mark Stoops' hiring followed, but the rookie coach doesn't believe that subplot gives the Wildcats added incentive to end a 26-game drought against the Gators.
However, Stoops' knowledge of Florida that he garnered as Florida State's former defensive coordinator has him preparing the Wildcats to be more physical.