Kentucky’s record over the past five seasons shows the program has improved under Mark Stoops. The defense? Not so much. Mark Story posted a column today with some eye-opening stats that show that, in some ways, Kentucky’s defense is actually worse than it was when Joker Phillips was coach.
During Joker Phillips’ ill-fated three-year tenure (2010-12) as Kentucky head coach, the worst UK defense (2012) surrendered an average of 391 total yards a game.
In Stoops’ first five seasons, the best UK defense (2015) surrendered an average of 394.2 yards a game.
Story also notes that Kentucky’s defense is giving up more than 400 yards in 59 percent of its games under Stoops, a 13.1 percent increase from the Joker days. Ouch. With Josh Allen, Mike Edwards, and Jordan Jones back, Kentucky’s defense has the talent to hold their own, but will they? If not, it’s going to be a long season.
For more depressing stats, head on over to the Herald-Leader.