Through the first half of the 2018 football season, Kentucky’s defense has been one of the best the Big Blue Nation has ever seen.
Through the first four SEC games, Kentucky has surrendered only 53 points, the fewest since 1977. Kentucky’s opponents have not yet scored more than 20 points in a single game. 1975 was the last time six straight opponents were held to less than 20 points. Those are a few remarkable milestones, but this defense has bigger goals.
“I think we can be top five nationally. That’s what our goal is,” Boogie Watson said after yesterday’s practice. “It’s noted, coaches talk about it. Everybody knows that’s what we can do and we’re striving for it.”
The Cats are within striking range. Kentucky is currently ranked 14th in total defense by allowing just 304.8 yards per game. They are fifth in scoring defense, 24th in rushing defense and 28th in passing defense.
As dominant as Kentucky’s defense has been, there’s still plenty of room to improve and reach the ultimate goal.
“We’re playing good,” Lonnie Johnson said, ” but we can play great though. We’re leaving a lot of plays out there on the field. The short mistakes we’re making turns into a couple of big plays for them — I could say lucky plays. We just gotta make sure we stay fundamentally sound.”
Two other players spoke after yesterday’s Bye Week practice. C.J. Conrad talked about the offensive setbacks as Bunchy Stallings prepares to possibly fill in for Drake Jackson again at center.