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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Kentucky’s Struggles with the Mobile QB

Chris Nickson Chris Nickson #3 of the Vanderbilt Commodores runs with the ball during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats on November 15, 2008 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.
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One of the many oddities with the Kentucky football team, besides the long losing streaks to Florida, Tennessee and Spurrier, is the consistent inability for the UK defense to contain a dual threat quarterback.  I went back in the archives and discovered that Kentucky has played 12 opponents in the last 4 years with a dual threat quarterback.  Amazingly, Kentucky has gone 7-5 in those 12 games.  But those wins have come against Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, Texas State, Ole Miss, Central Michigan, Vanderbilt, and Louisiana-Monroe.  Not exactly murderer’s row there. 

But despite those 7 wins, I would argue that only TWICE in those 12 games has Kentucky “contained” the dual threat QB to an average to below average game, and those were against the two 1-AA opponents, EKU and Texas State.  In the other 10 games, all against 1-A opponents, Kentucky has less than great success.  For instance, in those 10 games:

-Only once (Tebow in ’08) has UK held the QB under 50 yards rushing
-In 8 of the 10 games, the QB has rushed for MORE than 75 yards
-In 6 of the 10 games, the QB has had 3 or more touchdowns combined passing and rushing
-9 of the 10 games took place in Lexington, making it even more baffling UK struggles

I will simply say that this weekends game against Ole Miss revolves around one thing and one thing only: the containment of Jeremiah Masoli.  Kentucky must break the trend against dual threat QB’s from the SEC of complete and utter inability to stop them from controlling the game. 

Kentucky’s record against SEC Dual Threat QB’s in the last 4 years:  2-5.

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2009
Tim Tebow (Florida, L 41-7)
5-10, 103 yards, 2 TD
16 carries, 130 yards, 2 TD

TJ Pryor (Eastern Kentucky, W 34-12)
9-28, 137 yards, 0 TD
7 carries, 34 yards, 0 TD

2008
Tim Tebow (Florida, L 63-5)
11-15, 180 yards, 2 TD
9 carries, 48 yards, 2 TD

Chris Nickson (Vandebrilt, L 31-24)
15-27, 155 yards, 3 TD
20 carries, 145 yards, 0 TD

2007
Julian Edelman (Kent State, W 56-20)
12-28, 129 yards, 1 TD
24 carries, 167 yards, 0 TD

Tim Tebow (Florida, L 45-37)
18-26, 256 yards, 4 TD
20 carries, 84 yards, 1 TD

2006
Chase Wasson (Texas State, W 41-7)
9-20, 85 yards, 1 TD
11 carries, 52 yards, 0 TD

Brent Schaeffer (Ole Miss, W 31-14)
13-26, 190 yards, 2 TD
12 carries, 75 yards, 0 TD

Dan Lefevour (Central Michigan, W 45-36)
22-38, 360 yards, 4 TD
13 carries, 68 yards, 0 TD

Syvelle Newton (South Carolina, L 24-17)
14-22, 171 yards, 0 TD
14 carries, 85 yards, 1 TD

Chris Nickson (Vanderbilt, W 38-26)
23-37, 446 yards, 1 TD
16 carries, 86 yards, 2 TD

Kinsmon Lancaster (Louisian-Monroe, W 42-40)
8-15, 128 yards, 0 TD
14 carries, 105 yards, 1 TD

Article written by Bryan the Intern