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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Quarterback Struggles Against Florida (since Andre Woodson)

There is no doubt over the last 26 contests with Florida, more often than not, the Gator offense has torched the Cats defense.  And that has been a major factor in the losing streak.  But since Andre Woodson left in 2007, the Cats have also been plagued by another factor and that is very poor quarterback play.  And it’s not just 2 or 3 guys over the last 5 games that have struggled.  Six different Kentucky quarterbacks have played in the last 5 losses to the Gators.  Take a look at how Woodson fared in his final 2 games against Florida, games in which Kentucky lost 26-7 and 45-38, which are 2 of their closest losses in the past decade.  And then below that check out the quarterback stats in the last 5 years.

2006: Florida 26, Kentucky 7
Andre Woodson: 26-27, 210 yards, 1 TD

2007: Florida 45, Kentucky 38
Andre Woodson: 35-50, 415 yards, 5 TD

2008: Florida 63, Kentucky 5
Randall Cobb: 9-18, 78 yards
Mike Hartline: 7-16, 33 yards, 1 INT
Will Fidler: 1-2, 16 yards
COMBINED: 17-36, 127 yards, 1 INT

2009: Florida 41, Kentucky 7
Mike Hartline: 13-28, 85 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Will Fidler: 1-2, 8 yards
Randall Cobb: 0-1
COMBINED: 14-31, 93 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

2010: Florida 48, Kentucky 14
Mike Hartline: 21-39, 242 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Randall Cobb: 1-2, 11 yards, 1 TD
COMBINED: 22-41, 253 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT

2011: Florida 48, Kentucky 10
Morgan Newton: 16-33, 124 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Max Smith: 6-11, 41 yards
COMBINED: 22-44, 165 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

2012: Florida 38, Kentucky 0
Morgan Newton: 7-21, 48 yards, 3 INT
Jalen Whitlow: 1-6, 12 yards
COMBINED: 8-27, 60 yards, 3 INT

83-179 (46.4% comp.)
698 yards (139.6 yards per game)
4 TD
10 INT

There has not been even a decent QB performance in the last 5 years.  Hartline in 2010 was manageable, but still nowhere near good enough for the Cats to flirt with an upset.  What is truly sad is that in 3 of the 5 years, UK has not had a signal caller throw for over 100 yards in the game.  So what are you thinking about Saturday?  Can the UK quarterbacks find a successful game in them to try and spark an upset?  Do we have confidence this might happen?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

15 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Quarterback Struggles Against Florida (since Andre Woodson)

  1. Duuuuuude
    9:13 am September 26, 2013 Permalink


  2. rick
    9:18 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    When you said quarterbacks instead of quarterback that has me worried. Let Smith play the game and he will do a good job if the recievers hang on to the ball. Whitlow needs to play only if Smith gets hurt.

  3. UKriverboater
    9:21 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    Average margin of victory since 2007: 40.4

  4. Let's Hope So
    9:30 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    Unfortunately, from what I have seen so far, UK just doesn’t have an SEC caliber quarterback. Max Smith is injury prone, often overthrows his receivers (leading to interceptions) and lacks the arm strength to make consistently effective passes to the sidelines (also flirting with interceptions). Whitlow is erratic and tentative. Towles was supposed to be a big time player but something went wrong, apparently. That said, if the receivers will catch the routine passes and the offensive line will give Smith some time to breath, then he might be able to make it through the game. I fear the Florida defense, despite its injuries, is just to fast for Smith. All that said, I hope Smith and/or Whitlow prove me wrong. Go Cats!

  5. tom
    9:32 am September 26, 2013 Permalink


  6. barn
    9:35 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    is towles a redshirt?

    9:36 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    As someone astutely noted yesterday, our total score over the last 5 UK-FL games would not have been enough to win ANY of those 5 games. That is sad in an incredibly sad way.
    Hoping this offense is able to click on both ends this weekend and change the tragic trajectory that the UK offense has been traveling.

  8. Katdaddy
    9:56 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    Cats are in trouble! Players will be to nervous to compete.

  9. Katdaddy
    9:57 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    Come on BB season.

  10. Glory Daze
    10:24 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. Did not realize Woodson had put up those kind of numbers against the Gaytors. Damn I miss him.

  11. quickie
    10:26 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    Woodson was great. His only problem is every time the heisman talk came up he went to pieces.

  12. sweet pea
    10:33 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    All else being equal (measurables, arm strength, etc.), the key to successful QB play is confidence. Woodson finally gained confidence and went on to be one of the best QB’s in UK history. If none of the signal callers on the current roster gain it before spring ball ’14, they’ll be chasing Drew Barker for the rest of their careers. Barker is a big, strong kid, but that is not what I’m referring to when predicting his success. The kid is oozing with confidence, and loves to perform on the big stage. UK currently has none of that with their 2 (possibly 3) quarterbacks. If Smith or Whitlow do not get into some sort of rhythm and become confident in their abilities, I’m afraid their playing time will be slim to none come late August of next year.

  13. Walter White
    10:48 am September 26, 2013 Permalink


  14. Walter White
    10:50 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    Compare Poythress’ freshman stats with Mashburn’s freshman stats. They are nearly identical in all facets. If you don’t believe me check it out for yourself.

  15. Blue Jesus
    11:29 am September 26, 2013 Permalink

    I think it was mentioned yesterday that UF’s rush D is ranked #1. I don’t know much about Miami’s and Tennessee’s run games, but if it isn’t too inflated then we better hope for a good day at QB or it could get ugly again. Also we’ve GOT to force some turnovers. Time for this secondary to get their first interception(s). The only reason Miami didn’t lose by two touchdowns is because they turned Florida over so much.