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Brooks looking for better effort against Florida

Rich Brooks isn't sure what it will take
for Kentucky to upset top-ranked Florida when the Gators visit
Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.
He does know it what it won't take, namely another poor
performance similar to what the Wildcats showed in their 31-27
comeback win against archrival Louisville over the weekend.
"We gave up a few too many big plays for my liking," Brooks
said.
Against Louisville, the Wildcats rallied twice in the second
half, overcoming three third-quarter turnovers and a barrage of
long-yardage plays orchestrated by the Louisville offense.
"The turnovers are inexcusable, it's not normal that you lose
the turnover battle and win the game," Brooks said. "If you make
big mistakes you won't win any game, let alone against the No. 1
team in the country."
Brooks said he will work on a game plan for Florida that will
minimize turnovers and big plays.
"We need to do things we know we do fundamentally well,"
Brooks said.
He added that Tennessee's ability to contain Florida's explosive
offense over the weekend would not be the basis for his side's game
plan.
With Florida facing a flu outbreak among players, Brooks
acknowledged the health of his team is also a concern leading up to
Saturday's game. Brooks said he dismissed sophomore defensive
tackle Antwane Glenn from Sunday's practice after he showed
flu-like symptoms. Glenn will be isolated from the team and tested
for the H1N1 virus if his symptoms worsen, Brooks said.
"We have players that get the flu every year, but now with the
swine flu, it's a different animal," Brooks said.
Brooks said teams around the country annually fight flu
outbreaks within their ranks, adding that his staff is taking
special precautions with recent swine flu outbreaks that have
rocked college campuses nationwide.
The University of Kentucky has reported cases of the H1N1 virus,
but it has not hit the student population as hard as other
campuses.
Florida coach Urban Meyer has said he is concerned with the flu
impacting his own team's performance, as three starters for the
Gators were isolated with flu leading up to the Tennessee game last
week.
Despite a physical game against Louisville, Brooks said his team
escaped relatively injury free. One absence may be offensive
coordinator and quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders, who broke his arm
when players collided with him on the sideline.




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