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After Action Review: Vanderbilt


An After Action Review is an Army method utilized to analyze an intended action. Let’s apply a version of this process to the Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt football game to determine what caused the final outcome as well as addressing the Cat’s need to sustain and improve:


-Win the football game.


-Won the football game 44-21.


Rushing attack

-47 carries, 232-yards, 5 touchdowns, 4.9 yards per rush.

-Benny Snell: 17 carries, 116-yards, 6.8 yards per rush, 3 TD’s.

-Sihiem King: 15 rushes, 69-yards, 4.6 yards per carry, 2 TD’s.

-Stephen Johnson: 9 carries, 4.9 yards per rush, 44-yards.

-Best offensive line performance of 2017.

-Tight end CJ Conrad continued to display why he’s the most complete TE in the SEC by delivering critical blocks in the run game.

Steady quarterback play

Stephen Johnson 13/17 (76.4%), 195-yards, averaged 15 yards per completion. 9 carries, 44-yards.

-Johnson did fumble which led to a Ralph Webb 1st quarter touchdown. 7-0 was VU’s last lead of the football game

-UK’s RPO (Run/Pass/Option) series was successful due to Johnson’s multiple reads and proper decision making.

Line of scrimmage

-Offensively sustained drives due to effective OL and tight end blocking.

-Excelled in red-zone (4-4), 3 rushing touchdowns.

-Originated defensive push vs. Vanderbilt run game and provided an organic pass rush without the necessity of blitzing.



Offensive Line

-Redshirt Freshman Drake Jackson excelled in man-on-man blocking vs. NT as well as efficiently providing double teams while directing the Wildcat offensive line.

-Guards Logan Stenberg and Bunchy Stallings were also highly effective in opening running lanes.

-Allowed just 1 quarterback sack.

-Rolled up 427-yards.


-Limited Commodores to 20 carries, 60-yards, 3.0 yards per attempt.

-Kentucky did not have a defensive player with more than 5 total tackles. Was a collective effort.

Vanderbilt accumulated 368 total yards. Several from that total came in the latter portion of the game with the result already decided.

-Forced QB Kyle Shurmur to be uncomfortable in the pocket. Also limited the quarterback to 10.3 yards per completion.

-Limited RB Ralph Webb to 70-yards.

Lynn Bowden

-The true freshman tallied 192 all-purpose yards which included 79 receiving and 113 from kickoff returns.

-The threat of Bowden aligned at different pre-snap launch points is forcing opposing defenses to adjust fronts/coverages.

-3 catches, 79-yards, 26.3 yards per catch.

-UK averaged 56.5 yards per kick-return.

Defensive explosive plays

-6 tackles for loss, 5 quarterback sacks, 4 interceptions.

-Again, Kentucky’s defensive success started with enhanced defensive line production.

-Improved play from the nose tackle position continues to be an upward trend.

Offensive efficiency

-64 plays, 427-yards, 44 points.

-Averaged 6.7 yards per gain.

-Had 10 rushing first downs and 8 that was a result of a pass.

Averaged 15 yards per pass completion and 4.9 yards per rush.

-Won time of possession: UK-33:29, VU-26:31. 2nd quarter results: UK-10:15, VU-4:45.



-Offensive line pre-snap-penalties slowed drives.

-UK was penalized 9 times for 61-yards.

-Kentucky was issued a sideline warning during a period of the game when it was focused on maintaining clock movement.

Allowed tackles for loss

-Vanderbilt registered 7 TFL’s.

-Many TFL’s occurred on 1st down which put the Cats behind the chains.

-UK has surrendered 62 TFL’s in 10 games.

3rd down efficiency

-5/12, 41.6%.

-High number of failed 3rd down attempts were from 3rd and 6-plus downs which were a result of negative 1st yard plays.

-41.67% on the season, UK stayed to trend.

Touchdowns off turnovers

-Kentucky scored 6-points off turnovers (two field goals), Vanderbilt scored a touchdown off the Wildcat’s only turnover.

-End of half clock scenario limited one touchdown scoring opportunity.

What does all this mean?

Kentucky won the majority of statistical comparisons which resulted in a comfortable 44-21 victory. The Cardiac Cats gave its fans a break on Saturday with a complete game, dominating performance. Both sides of the line-of-scrimmage were improved. Kentucky is 7-3.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President