….the Birmingham News has projected the Kentucky football team to finish 7th in the SEC East and tied for last overall. Below are highlights of what they had to say good and bad about the Cayuts. For the entire article, click here.
The entire starting defensive line — senior end Collins Ukwu and junior tackles Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph — is back and so is senior end Taylor Wyndham, who takes the field whenever Kentucky uses four linemen. Junior Avery Williamson, a reserve for the past two seasons who will replace Trevathan, looked impressive throughout the spring. On offense, the Wildcats seem to have a few playmakers emerging alongside senior wide receiver La’Rod King, something that never happened in 2011.
Though Morgan Newton is still hanging around, the Wildcats enter the summer with sophomore Maxwell Smith as their starting quarterback. He looked better during spring practice but he’s still the same Maxwell Smith who looked flustered throughout his freshman season. Coach Joker Phillips has indicated that Newton and freshman Patrick Towles will receive a chance to win the job. All but two starters from last year’s offensive line are gone. The defense, with six new starters, thrived near the end of the season, but wasn’t exactly dominant throughout most of a woeful 2011.
THE CRYSTAL BALL SAYS: A bowl game looks unlikely. With Louisville back on track under coach Charlie Strong, four wins courtesy of a notoriously weak non-conference schedule are no longer a guarantee. That means Kentucky will probably have to find a way to score three wins on an SEC schedule that features seven teams that went to bowls last season.
If the Bat Cats happen to fall tonight or tomorrow and the season ends, take comfort in the fact that the basketball recruiting class is expected to arrive on campus this week.
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