We’re a good three months away from some 2012 college football action, but that didn’t stop the Huntsville Times from taking a look at Joker and the boys. Even though the spreads that Drew posted earlier are a little discouraging, the Alabama newspaper found a silver lining in the upcoming season. They think the defensive line could be one of the tops in the nation:
GOOD NEWS: The Wildcats lost two players to the NFL — tackle machine Danny Trevathan and safety Winston Guy — but they should still be able to stop the run. 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. Sophomore Demarco Robinson caught two deep touchdown passes in Kentucky’s spring game and tight ends Tyler Robinson and Ronnie Shields combined to catch eight passes. Daryl Collins also is a name to watch at wide receiver.
Welp, you aren’t going to get some good news without some bad, and these guys aren’t convinced our offense is going to be better this year:
BAD NEWS: 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.
Finally, they look at the future to predict how they think the Cats finish the season:
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
Yikes. Even though the upcoming schedule is a bit brutal, lets hope for the best. And who knows, maybe some of that Commonwealth magic strike again.
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