Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE NOTEBOOK; UF's Henry Busy, Confident

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE NOTEBOOK; UF's Henry Busy, Confident

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

GAINESVILLE - Chas Henry has been Florida's kicker for only a week, but he's not short of confidence.

Henry said this week he feels comfortable trying field goals of up to 50 yards despite not having kicked one in a game since his senior year in high school until last Saturday's Alabama game.

"When I start getting around 50, then I start trying to push it a little bit," Henry said. "It's been a while since I've been into it and done everything with it."

Henry now has to handle field goals and PATs, in addition to his job as UF's punter, because of a back injury to Caleb Sturgis, who will miss six to eight weeks. Henry hadn't kicked a field goal since his senior year at East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., but he made kicks of 39 and 21 yards against the Crimson Tide.

"Chas, I thought, did really well," UF coach Urban Meyer said.

Henry has kicked field goals and PATs in practice and training camp because he was UF's emergency kicker. The Gators don't take an extra kicker on the road, and Henry was going to have to fill in if Sturgis was ever injured during a game.

He's currently leading the SEC in punting with a 49.1 average, and his 75-yard punt against Alabama is the longest in the league this season. He said he's not worried about leg fatigue from handling both jobs.

"Coach [Meyer] has always been really good," Henry said. "If I ever feel anything or I'm getting tight, I just let him know, and he's always been really good with that, even during training camp."

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Kentucky's promising start - against an underwhelming non-conference schedule - has deteriorated into an 0-2 beginning to SEC play, thanks to a boatload of missed opportunities.

In losses to Florida and Ole Miss, the Wildcats have given up 90 points, turned the ball over five times, committed 14 penalties and converted just 11-of-30 third-down opportunities. …

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