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Article written by Nick Wheatley

22 responses to “Ahmad Wagner needs the ball more”

  1. BluKudzu

    We have Wagner and Bowden. How in the world do we not use them 50% of the plays on offense, is beyond me.

    Bowden behind the line of scrimage is a waste in the wildcat. That is a gift to every defense in the SEC. He is more dangerous in space….by far.

    Wagner is a defense destroyer. Yet we will not ride his talent.

    Welcome to conservative football when you have a lead. It will get us beat every single time.

    1. bigblue98

      I like Gran and think Rose should get more carries. Why get touchdowns when we can get three yards a carry? We don’t care about scoring. We just want to be a ball control offense.

    2. samodamo

      Rose should be playing behind smoke. Look at the yards per carry. Smokes the man

    3. samodamo

      I like Bowden but the hype is more than the results with him. Don’t get me wrong I’m still holding hope tht he turns it to something great but imo he’s not the answer.

  2. bbn606

    It’s crazy that half of our plays are not passes to him. Ride that gravy train till the wheels fall off.

  3. Trueblue44

    Same writer who just questioned Bowden, your posts aren’t needed anymore, thanks for playing

  4. ibescootch

    Generally, there’s 4 scenarios that can happen on every play- 1. The play-call is the correct one, and the offense executes it perfectly. 2. The play-call is correct, but the offense does not execute it, resulting in a failed play. 3. The play-call is incorrect, but the offense somehow manages to execute a successful possession anyway. 4. The play-call is incorrect, and the offense also fails to execute a successful play regardless.

    I think the majority of the time if a play fails, fans think that scenario 4 has happened. Realistically though, after 10 wins last season, I think Stoops and Gran have earned the right for us to assume that scenario 2 happens more often than not.

    1. UKinIN

      Warning: “Fan Opinion Based on Logic” approaching …

    2. BluKudzu

      So by your logic in scenario number 2…the COACHES have failed to teach the players the proper way to execute the play for success, or the COACHES recruited head cases that refuse to do what they are taught, or the COACHES recuited the wrong players for their system or the COACHES had the wrong players in the game for the play?

      At $millions of dollars per year, there are no excuses. Failure on the field is due to the Coaches that put them there, and called the plays which they can not execute properly.


    3. ibescootch

      Ok, while I obviously don’t agree that’s the case, if you want to play that game- we can. You just have to also admit that everything good that happens is on the coaches as well. The same coaches that brought us 10 wins last season and started 2-0 this year. And you can’t say, “well, we had Benny and Josh last year”, because it’s the same coaches that brought them in and trained them. That being said, if you’re not happy with a 10 win season, 2 wins to start the year and a loss to a Top Ten team, then you’re just an unhappy person. Yes, that loss sucked, but you can’t just make a sweeping statement that it’s all on the coaching. We had several injuries, ejections, and a missed field goal, and still had a chance to win it in the last minute or so. So yes, I’m sure you’ll continue to complain about the same things for the next decade because that’s just who you are, it has nothing to do with UK Football.

  5. EastKYCAT

    I have been saying this since second half. Throw the ball to Wagner. Give Wagner the chance to cause issues with other teams defense.

    1. zoupman

      Love our coaches, but don’t expect this to improve. For two years, they cane out every Monday after a game and said they would be getting ball to CJ more. Never happened.

  6. jakew60

    Good post Nick, don’t let some of these people on here put you down, keep writing and write about what you think needs to be written but go a little easier on Bowden lol

  7. UKinIN

    I thought a flag was thrown on the TD catch? Thought the announcers talked about it.

    1. WildcatCam

      There was a pi on his td. You are correct.

  8. sammielebo

    Gran cost us another game. Scared to death to try to win. Only interested in not losing.

    1. bluecrowe

      Surely this prevent offense in the second half with any kind of lead has become an issue with the well heeled boosters and Barnhart. Stoops and his people serve at their pleasure, so hopefully there will be a change. How do you not just tell Wagner to run straight and simply hoist the ball up in his direction? with his reach and length he is simply unstoppable. This game was absolutely maddening! We totally outplayed Florida. It is also going to be the only significant game we play in which we could have won and have people take notice. The rest of our schedule is full of average teams and then Georgia. UGA will beat us by 45 points. So this was essentially that one special game. I am sure we will be in exciting games, but squeaking by Vandy and Tennessee is not something to relish this season.

  9. Big Sexy

    Now that Kentucky has a QB that can throw the ball, Wagner should become a beast.

    1. BluKudzu

      Not in this offense.

  10. bbn606

    Wagner should be a target at least one ever three plays and by the way, could we please abandon the mildcat wildcat?

  11. ukwildcatfan

    94% success rate is incorrect. On some targets, he has both caught the ball and drawn a PI call (see his spectacular catch against Florida). Therefore he’s had at least 2 (if not more) unsuccessful targets.

  12. Miller45

    Any time anybody tries to play press man on Wagner a 50 50 ball to everyone else is an 80 20 ball to Wagner