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Cats Win 49-21: Grading The Game

Anybody wanna tackle? Anybody?

When you play a team like Charleston Southern, there are rarely many positives you can take away from it, regardless of the outcome.  When your defense plays the way it tends to do, it becomes even more difficult.  So instead of your usual points of interest, I’m going to had out grades based on how the team should have performed against a team like Charleston Southern.

Running Game – Overall a pretty good performance from the running backs despite Locke continuing to sit out.  Donald Russell finally got some carries and responded by scoring his first two touchdowns of the season.  But aside from Russell, Williams had a great game too by running up 95 yards and three touch downs.  The run game was probably the best part of the game for Cats fans, as it showed off a couple names we will get to know better next year when Locke is gone.

Grade: A-

Receiving Corps – The receivers played a pretty good game overall too.  The first half left a little to be desired (Cobb only had one catch,) but by the end of it they chalked up 274 yards on 16 catches.  That’s pretty good.  With a touchdown from Cobb and a touchdown from Matthews the receivers didn’t produce their normal numbers, but that’s because Russell and Williams kept TD stealing.

Grade: A-

Quarterbacks – Hartline took about a quarter and a half to get into his game, missing some passes he usually hits early on.  But he fell into form enough to total up 272 yards and let Morgan Newton get some reps in the fourth quarter.  Newton came in and played pretty well too, if only completing one pass and rushing for eleven yards.  Still, looked like he had improved since last year, so that’s good heading into an important spring for him.

Grade: B+

Coaches – It’s clear now that Mama Russell needs a job setting up the depth chart for next years Cats.  But aside from her input, the coaching seemed to be on the same level it has been every game so far this year.  They made great half time adjustments, but it seems as if they didn’t look at any game tape prior to today.  How the team can continue to come out so unprepared it beyond me, but the adjustments made worked wonders.  Now if only they can get it together at the beginning of the games.  Oh, and someone needs to tell Steve Brown that players are allowed to tackle each other.  Seriously.

Grade: C-

Defense – Aside from Danny Trevathan and Winston Guy (who get an A+) the defense was less than stellar today.  Poor tackling, poor wrapping up, and a lack of effort in general in the first quarter.  They did get better over the game as Kentucky has been doing (and part of that is probably Charleston Southern getting tired,) but there is no good excuses in letting every team score at will in the beginning of each game.  And there is absolutely no excuse in letting an FCS team conduct multiple long drives.  But – outside the touchdown in the beginning of the third quarter – the defense actually played a pretty good second half.

Grade: C-

Overall – I don’t really know why we expected much to be different, but Kentucky came out sleepy (and I can’t really blame them – it’s Charleston Southern,) and turned it on when it needed to.  It was a disappointing start, but a four touch down win is a four touch down win.  The Cats took a bit to get going but they did what they needed to do, and the team is back winning again.  The games will keep getting more important and the story continues – if the Cats can come out prepared, the season will be a success.

Grade: B

The bottom line is – we expected a better start than we got.  But once the Cats got going, they actually played pretty well.  Now if only we can figure out how to get going at the start of the game.

Article written by Will Lentz

36 responses to “Cats Win 49-21: Grading The Game”

  1. tdogg4033011

    a win is a win ….. how do you expect them to get up for Charleston Southern?? seriously …..

  2. CC4Uk

    SteveBrown let’s an FCS team break the century mark in rushing for the second time all season. Plant those for sale signs in his yard. And plant ’em deep.

    Our D line couldn’t be more pourous. Our D backs are soft.
    And Winston Guy either lays you out or looks completely lost.

    The defense has been terrible all season.

  3. BravoBigBlue

    1. How does mediocrity taste?

  4. Gilly

    Sitting at the bar at Buckhead mountain grill across the river from louisville and a huge CATS chant just broke out from a table of about 20 dudes.

  5. JackNicklaus

    Tdogg…what’s up in Hogtown?

    Our defense has to be the worst its been in 15 years.

  6. Shakin Head

    It’s Charleston Southern, Anyone could beat them.

  7. Kansas Sucks

    How many tackles did Trevathen have? Seriously, that kid is amazing, he must have at 12+ today. Great game D-Train!

  8. tyson

    5. i think the post earlier was partially correct, you can blame the drop in talent for the poor defense this year. however, isnt Steve Brown the person in charge of recruiting for defense? so i think the blame falls back on him. doubt he gets fired though, so we are going to have to live with it for at least another year.

    i think the biggest mistake Joker is making this year is when he wins the coin toss he takes the ball instead of deferring it. we are going to blow the first half anyway, why not come out strong in the 2nd with the ball?

  9. Kansas Sucks

    8) He deferred today.

  10. tlt

    hahahah winston guy gets an A+??? sir, just bc he makes tackles 10 yards downfield doesnt warrant an A+… reevaluate your analysis… guy is the the worst form tackler ive seen at this level in a while.

  11. CC4UK

    10. My point exactly. And he can’t cover anyone downfield.

  12. DDJ001

    DT 13 tackles, Guy 16. As for deferring…the longer we can keep our D off the field the better.

  13. Section 134

    Please fire Steve Brown.

  14. blueblue

    FREE ENES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. mike

    Amen to firing Steve Brown!!

  16. Big D

    O K. I give. We have like 3-4 dudes who show up on defense. These guys give it. The other 7-8 guys who don’t show up, look like the commercial with Betty Whit & Abe Vigoda.

  17. Jimmy Buffett


  18. bols

    how overrated was dequin evans????? preseason all sec? preseason all trash

  19. The Wiz

    Didn’t read any of the above posts but, C- is way to high of a grade. Terrible job.

  20. Waitin' on 8

    I was VERY irritate by CSU’s refusal to kick the ball to Cobb. Chickens!

  21. The Wiz

    Testing. Did I really have my last post deleted?

  22. The Wiz

    Nope I didn’t. It’s called drunk.

  23. mike

    UT leads Memphis 37-7 in first half. Tyler Bray already has 5 t.d.’s and UT scoring at will. Certainly look much sharper than we did today. Still hard to believe we were only the 2nd team to allow CSU a 100 yd. runner.

  24. catfan38

    If not for Danny Trevathan,UK would be in a “mell of a hess” !!!

  25. Well

    Yea UT has looked better the last 2 games. UK on the other hand still has the same problem. Can’t stop the run #91 in rushing defense and can’t defend in the redzone #118. I would hate for Brown to try something different Since he is 39ppg in the SEC. I mean since teams run the ball 90% of the time against us except USCjr lets not try to run 5-3. Only thing I hear is excuses for the Brown but this is his defense and his recruits so if he isn’t getting it done he never will.

  26. Just saying

    UKs defense sucks..period!!! FIRE STEVE BROWN

  27. Just saying

    put it this way, if Joker doesnt fire Steve Brown… then Fire Joker!! Surely he sees the defense cant stop a HS team

  28. Jimmy Buffett


  29. Fake Name

    Winston Guy is still smoking after getting burned today. Yeah by southern charleston

  30. 15

    grading like this is indicative of why we are stuck where we are. we stunk it up today.

  31. UK BCS Bound (yeah right)

    Those Bucs are a tough team, I give em C+ for a lackluster performance against UK

    Huh?? What??

    Oh you mean I’m on the wrong teams forum???

  32. john4uk

    A grade of “C” fpr the defense is tpp generous.The defensive line is slower than molasses,and the backs cannot tackle.Take away Trevathan and uk wpuld have absolutely the worst defense in the country.Evans and Bailey are no shows and seem completely lost on the field.They remind me of those days when my grandpa used to kill chickens for the dinner table by chopping their heads off and those chickens would run all over the yard until they croaked.

    I hope beyond hope that the Cats can escape Vandy with a “W”,and then beat the Vols for the first time this Century,but with a defense that plays like this team,i’m not getting my hopes too high.

  33. Loves UK

    U of Ks defense doesnt understand the fundementals of tackling. They think a big hit with their shoulder pads will bring down and SEC back or receiver. They dont wrap, they are consistently out of position and too slow to make up for their errors. Our defensive line has no push, none, none did I say none? I meant their push is non existant.
    We will have a hard time beating anyone who runs the ball, because we couldnt stop Trinity High School from running the ball. I just hope that next year, we will have a defensive line and subs who can come in and handle an offensive line or 2.
    Evans has been non existant all year and we arent fast enough on the corners to successfully blitz. Everytime we do, we get burned by a draw or screen pass for 15 to 20 yards.
    I will give our defense a C-, AGAIN.

  34. Jimmy Buffett


  35. Kywildcat_96

    You forgot special teams. When is the last time we’ve returned a punt? Not for a td but returned one period? We call a fair catch EVERY time.

  36. SirBoogieToYou

    Quit acting like Donald had anything to do with his mom talking out and that he wasn’t next on the depth chart (since Locke and Sanders were out) anyway. You all make the biggest deals out of the smallest shat