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Athlon Sports Ranks Every Unit in the SEC

While summer brings the inevitable heat and even slower news, it also is responsible for bringing about various preseason magazines.  There are many publications known for their previews of collegiate football and basketball, and with it being the dog days of summer the football publications are currently on their way out.  Athlon Sports is one of those team prognosticators and has come out with their annual rankings of the individual SEC units.  While all the usual suspects like Alabama, Georgia, and LSU have found their way to the top, Joker Phillips’ Wildcats have found themselves near the bottom in every single position ranking.  Below is a chart containing all the respective SEC schools, their position rankings (keep in mind a “1” means the best unit), and their average rank according to Athlon Sports’ 2012 Preview Magazine.



Keep in mind these rankings are based upon talent and not past production.  When positions are averaged Alabama comes out to be the highest rated (due to alphabetical order) over traditional SEC East power Georgia, while the team who is predicted to win the conference, LSU, comes in third.  Kentucky, after averaging all position rankings, comes in ranked #13, ahead of only Hugh Freeze’s Ole Miss Rebels.  Unfortunately this seems to be the consensus thought of nearly every single preseason rating service out there, for example Kentucky has been ranked 14th in Linebacking and 13th in Defensive Secondary in the past two days by ESPN alone.  While disagreement cannot be easily found in a majority of positions, the Defensive Line should be much better than their ranking due to the experience/skill returning in Collins Ukwu, Donte Rumph, and Mister Cobble (although there are questions about depth at the position).  The Defensive Secondary also has a case for a higher ranking due to the return of Martavius Neloms and Mikie Benton.  Because of these rankings Athlon has predicted Kentucky to finish with a final record of 4-8 while going 1-7 in conference.  Not surprisingly because of this, Kentucky is predicted to finish last in the SEC East.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

25 Comments for Athlon Sports Ranks Every Unit in the SEC

  1. jnc2
    8:12 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    UK is right where we all thought they would be…sad but true. Stop trying to talk up how the DL will be better than then ranking indicates…it is what it is.

  2. UK Homer
    8:14 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Me: In your face Ole Miss!

    Friend: We don’t play them this year.

    Me: *CENSORED*

  3. Mark Liptak
    8:15 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    How many days until the rumors start about Joker getting ready to get fired?

    Mark Liptak

  4. ag slater
    8:25 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like we are gonna be a solid team. Thank god for ole miss. Uk football sucks

  5. UKIT
    8:29 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats Joker and Mitch – yall have positioned us exactly where we all thought UK would be when Joker was named “coach in waiting.” Hope the SEC doesn’t add any more teams or we’ll get booted further down the totem pole in conference.

    I wish Joker would MAN UP and say, “if we can’t win 6 games, I’ll resign and not take a dime from UK.”

  6. Doubting Thomas
    8:34 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Are we really going to be this bad after all the positives that are being spread around by the coaching staff?

  7. TampaCat
    8:35 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    somethings just never change… good luck men.

  8. chris
    8:40 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    If ncaa 13 is anything to go by, rumph, ukwu and cobble dont deserve better than 13th.

  9. tdogg40330
    8:40 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    UK will be better than you haters think. Let the 1st ball be kicked before
    we jump to a conclusion. I’m all for Joker, hope he does well.

  10. big tim
    8:41 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    we always been ranked near last its know diffrent then any other year plus are talent is young i dont look to much into ranking

  11. bigbadjon
    8:42 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Honestly tired of all these rankings. I hope this motivates our guys to prove them all wrong. I’m sure the top teams will deserve their rankings, but we all know the game is not played on paper. I truly believe the Cats will be better this year. I’ll be there yelling my @ss off as usual regardless. Down with the Dirty Birds!

  12. The Voice Of Reason
    8:52 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Amazing how UK football “fans” write the team off before a down is ever played.

    Athlon Sports and ESPN and EA Sports rank our players 13th best in the SEC? Who cares. Go back and re-read the predictions and pre-season position breakdowns that the experts put out in the summer of 2007. It’s all conjecture at this point… they play the games for a reason, folks.

    But instead of supporting the players and getting to Commonwealth early, I suppose it’s easier to drink cheap whiskey on your coach and write “UK FOOTBALL SUX AND JOKER DOES TOO LOL” on message boards.

  13. STEVE!
    8:57 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    What has happened to Auburn? 12th just two seasons after a National Championship.

  14. barn
    9:01 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    6–haha. good one. your humor does not go unnoticed

  15. bear bryant
    9:06 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    9 & 12 – Why do some people have blind faith? What has this team and this coaching staff over the past couple years shown you guys that makes you think we will finish 7-5 or better? Even under ideal circumstances, UK ‘good or great seasons’ are only 7-5 or 8-4 at best. I have been a UK football fan and gone to games since I was 5. I am now almost 40 and realize UK football games are a social event – because I’ve invested too much time and energy into chearing on UK, knowing good and well that our boys have no chance in the game.

  16. The Voice Of Reason
    9:32 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    15- I’m not sure if “blind faith” is appropriate. I don’t expect this team to win 9 games this year. Nor do I think UK is ever going to be a consistent threat to win the SEC. But I think a few UK teams in past 10 years (probably most notably 07) demonstrate that every once in a while we’ll have a shot.

    My main point was that trashing the team based on preseason positional rankings alone is stupid. If we lose to Louisville and go 3-9 this year, THEN start slinging cow pies.

  17. El CID
    9:53 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    The bar is low

  18. Lloyd Christmas
    10:14 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Whew! And I was beginning to think all that great recruiting by Joker wasn’t going to pay off!!

  19. MtnCat
    10:42 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    All you haters give UK a chance, It’s only been thirty five years since we had a winning conference season. These things just don’t happen overnight. Give them time and more money. We’re UK, remember.

  20. Joker for president
    11:31 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    # I’m with 15 it is what it is. We are not going to be very good period. Last year was a disaster and it is a reach to bring up 2007. That year we had been building on the second half of the previous year and had very good talent on that team. Last year joker looked more confused as the year went on. I know we beat UT but lets be real that UT team was the horrible and the coach had lost the team by that point. I think hiring Joker was the right move He has given a lot to the program and he did deserve this year to prove his self but if this season goes south Joker should do the right thing and resign

  21. Lou eaton
    7:22 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Joker as 20 says, “has given a lot to the program” and so did Sonny Collins. I nominate Sonny as Joker’s successor next season…afterwards perhaps “home grown” will reclaim it’s true meaning…which has nothing to do with coaching football! UK wants only to be “respectable” in FB…and nothing else period.

  22. Beavis
    9:05 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Amazes me how some fans continue to drink the koolaid. Anytime you hear the players and staff say they are going to shock the world this year,,,,they are right,,,will shock you how bad this team is going to be. I have two wins,,,period. Why not give Randy Sanders a shot as head coach. Bet you won’t find him on the sidelines with that perplexed look on his face. Drink the punch if you like,,,,this program is headed in the wrong direction.

  23. SloJoe
    9:33 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    nothing lose… all to gain!!! everything on paper points in a negative direction. Can Joker beat the odds? going to be a interesting year

  24. 46 days til kickoff
    11:37 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    It’s not drinking the koolaid as much as it is just supporting your team. BCG was way over his head but I still supported the team when he was coach.

  25. Keep in mind
    2:02 pm July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Keep in mind that these rankings are based on talent, not past production; because if they were based on past production AND talent, Kentucky would have been dead last, rather than second to dead last. One. Sport. Pony.