Jamil Paris gave us a small preview in his freshman season of the potential terror he could be rushing off the edge at defensive end. At 6’5 240 pounds, and a relentless knack for rushing the quarterback, Paris was thought to be one of the bright spots in the Kentucky defense this season.
Sometimes you shouldn’t just think things.
For whatever reasons, Paris hasn’t done much of anything in 2007. From sitting in the doghouse academic wise in the spring, to hardly even seeing the field in the fall, it is safe to say that the coaching staff is very disappointed in the progression of Jamil.
There is plenty of time left to change that perception as he is only a sophomore. First thing he must do is earn back the faith of the coaches. Then he must hit the weight room like an animal and add some size to his lower body, which at the time is built like a tooth pick. Jamil was a big pickup for Brooks and staff out of Vero Beach, Florida two seasons ago. He needs to bring it together and start playing with a purpose before it is too late and he is shuffled down the depth chart.
Knowshon Knows How to run
Every year there seems to be a stud that breaks through in the South Eastern Conference and takes the breath away of us all. This season it comes from a machine down in Athens by the name of Knowshon Moreno. A red shirt freshman from Belford, NJ, Moreno cuts through the defense like a knife through hot butter with his physical but lighting quick 5’11 210 pound frame.
Just what the doctor ordered this week for Kentucky, eh?
The Wildcats have been notoriously terrible against the run in recent seasons. If you allow Moreno to get going early he will open the offense up in a variety of ways, most notable, the play action pass. Kentucky must find some way to at least slow down Moreno and keep Georgia out of second down and shorts, which are idea play action passing downs. If the Cats start having to creep those safeties up to assist with the run, ever improving and dangerous sophomore quarterback Matthew Stafford will light up the passing statistics.
Get The Ball To Keenan
Keenan Burton had five catches for -4 yards against Vanderbilt. Not exactly a thrilling stat when it comes to your best playmaking receiver on the team.
Granted Burton has been fighting nagging injuries for most of the season, however Kentucky needs to push the ball down the field to Burton instead of trying to break him loose with so many slip screens. Keenan changes the defenses game plan by simply lining up on the field. He is such a big play threat that defenses will game plan to know where he is at all times.
Well, it is time to start finding ways to get him the ball regardless of what the defense does. Burton is the best route runner on the team and the most athletic playmaker of all of the wide receivers. If Kentucky wants to win out they must find the way to get the ball in his hands down the field and allow him to make plays. Defenses are sniffing out the screen game far too much here recently, and it is time to try something different.
Clayton A Remarkable Story
In case you haven’t read this piece by (http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071114/COLUMNISTS02/711140863/1002/SPORTS) Eric Crawford of the Courier-Journal, make sure you do. Clayton, a senior majoring in kinesiology in the College of Education, lost his hearing at age 5 due to a bout of the chickenpox. He wears a hearing aid but most of his communications on and off the field are by sign and lip reading. He is an outstanding student in the classroom — he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in his sophomore year — and a force to be dealt with on the gridiron.
Game Captains Announced
Sophomore defensive end Jeremy Jarmon and sophomore tailback Alfonso Smith have been named game captains for this week’s contest at Georgia, Coach Rich Brooks has announced.
Game captains are usually chosen based on performance in the previous game. Kentucky posted a hard-fought 27-20 victory at Vanderbilt on Saturday. Jarmon (Collierville, Tenn.) made four tackles, including 2.5 quarterback sacks, and added a quarterback hurry in the Wildcat win. Smith was chosen for his outstanding kick coverage, which featured a fumble recovery and a tackle.
This marks the second time this season that Jarmon and Smith have earned the game-captain roles. They will join permanent captains AndrÃ© Woodson and Wesley Woodyard at the pregame coin toss at Georgia.