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Kentucky Football Report Card


The fine folks who write the SEC blog over at the ESPN website have been sending out report cards and UK looks like it stands to lose the car for a couple weeks. The Wildcats received poor marks in every category.

Offense – F

Kentucky scored 30-plus points just twice. Injuries along the offensive line and at running back didn’t help. The Wildcats seemed to have a budding star on their hands in freshman running back Josh Clemons, but he went down midway through the year with a season-ending knee injury.

Losing Josh Clemons certainly didn’t help, but ESPN correctly points out that this offense was pretty much doomed since the game against Western Kentucky. I don’t know if I’ve seen an offense more painful to watch than the Cats this season. UK ended up ranking in the bottom of the SEC in nearly every offensive category. That’s just unacceptable.

Defense – C

Kentucky’s defense played arguably its best at the end of the year. The Wildcats frustrated eventual SEC East champ Georgia, taking the ball away four times, before holding rival Tennessee to 276 yards and forced three turnovers in a 10-7 win that snapped a 26-year losing streak to the Vols.

I would have given the defense a higher grade than this solely based on how bad the offense was. These guys worked their tails off every game and rarely had opportunities for extended rest periods. True, we gave up a lot of points to Vanderbilt (Vanderbilt?!), LSU, Florida and South Carolina, but considering the offense could never get anything going in those games, I wouldn’t have been so harsh on Minter’s unit.

Special Teams – C

Punter Ryan Tydlacka was fourth in the league in punting, averaging 43.6 yards per punt. He also had 20 punts of 50-plus yards and had 19 of his punts downed inside opponents’ 20-yard line. On their own returns, Kentucky was last in the SEC in punt returns, getting just 35 yards on 19 returns. The Wildcats were also 11th in kickoff returns, averaging 20.3 yards per return.

I get this. I’d say we got an A in kicking and an F in returning. A C sounds about right. I’m still amazed at the lack of postseason love Ryan Tydlacka received. I really hope he can find a home in the NFL. A lot of special teams is just coaching. While we didn’t have a Randall Cobb or Derrick Locke back returning kicks and punts, our return averages were still pitiful. There needs to be a major improvement in those areas next season.

Coaching – D

Kentucky missed out on a sixth straight bowl appearance with its 5-7 record, but we saw some improvement at the end of the season. Considering the injuries this team endured, Kentucky didn’t quit. The Wildcats went 2-2 in November and ended things with a monumental win over Tennessee. The win ended the 26-year slide against the Vols and it also eliminated them from the postseason. It wasn’t a bowl win for Kentucky, but it was pretty close.

The post only focused on Joker, but the only way this group deserves a D is when Rick minter is factored in. Everyone else should get a super F. Those November numbers are deceiving. Other than the win over Tennessee, there’s the win over a terrible Ole Miss team and losses to Georgia and Vanderbilt, the latter being the worst and most embarrassing loss of the year. The only good games in November were the last two against Georgia and Tennessee and the MVP of both those games was the defense. I don’t think the offensive coaches deserve any accolades. A D is far too generous.

Article written by Matthew Hays

38 Comments for Kentucky Football Report Card

  1. Papaw Brooks
    12:09 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    A “D” for coaching may be generous…

  2. Real recognize Real
    12:15 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    This was a reminder of just how bad the football season really was.

  3. JackNicklaus
    12:19 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    The offense did not deserve an F….that is too generous. They failed to show up to class, so they deserve a “no show”. I blame that almost entirely on the coaching/offensive coordination (their coordination was indeed offensive).

  4. SexnNursinHomes
    12:22 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    It’s hard to make good grades when the teachers don’t show up for work…………

  5. NBA league pass
    12:22 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    I think this year just shows how far behind we are when compared to other SEC schools. No speed. And unfortunately, unless we get a lucky recruit (ie Cobb), I see no end in sight.

    12:32 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink


    How do you get a D here??? Matt Hayes is just being nice….or prejudice!?

  7. john
    12:34 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Hey, take a look at this report card and ask yourself again why Mitch felt the need to yell out to everyone after the last game that his support of Joker was vindicated. Really Mitch? Even if you give them the D, that apparently stands for Dandy to Mitch.

  8. Old school
    12:35 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Athletic Directing = F-

  9. Tom Jurich
    12:35 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Has Meotch Bornfart seen this report card?

  10. Walking Tall in Knoxville
    12:36 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Although this season was hard to watch, ending the year with a “W” over the dirty Vols beats another trip to the Music City Bowl (Joker, please just don’t make it a habit)

  11. BPsycho
    12:39 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky has a football team?


  12. Michael
    12:44 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    #6, those are not Matthew’s grades; he only reposted the grades ESPN gave Kentucky.

  13. Dave in Kabul
    12:49 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Apparently, it is acceptable. Joker was brought back for “one more year” and the FANS KEEP BUYING TICKETS and filling seats.

    People love to talk but no one wants to do what matters most. Hit ’em in the bank account.

    If the Fans stop attending the games, a change will be made. UK fans should refuse to accept this dismal football or whatever it is that UK throws out there on the gridiron.

    As long as those stadium seats are filled and fans accept the annual “it’ll be better/we’re turnin’ the corner next year” bedazzle that UKAA throws out there with their Voodoo bullsh*t machine, UK Football will be the pathetic crock of shit that has been fielded for the past 50+ years.

  14. Kolonel
    12:54 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Not to get off topic, but if I wanted Erupption Zone tickets for Thursdays game how early would I need to be waiting in line for the 90 minute prior tip distribution? I’ve never tried this before…

  15. Mr Handsome
    12:56 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    We beat Tennessee. That in my book is as good as going undefeated.

  16. Dave in Kabul
    1:00 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Coaching should get an “I.”

    Take your pick —

    (a) Incomplete

    (b) Incompetent

    (c) Impotent

    Maybe make it I to the 3rd Power.

  17. Andy P.
    1:07 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    The Board of Trustees must come out of their hole and end this Mitch/Joker insanity. Mitch needs to go first.

  18. Dave in Kabul
    1:09 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    And #15 is the Winner!

    Exactly the reason that UK Football sucks!

    It’s fans are retarded.

  19. anthonyeppsdrivingschool
    1:21 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    #18, Pretty Sure our geographical location and Basketball getting the most attention is the reason why “Uk football sucks!” But good TRY!

  20. CATSBY90
    1:27 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    ummm obviously the MVP of the Tennessee game was Matt Roark

  21. bmack
    1:30 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    # 18 – “It’s fans are retarded.” Delicious irony there. If you’re going to drop the r-word, at least get the punctuation correct in your four word sentence.

  22. echo 1
    1:33 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    It is incredibly generous to give the coaches a D

    1:56 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    UK football will always be the whipping boyz of the SEC. At least Hal Mumme could field and offensive unit that was fun to watch. As an in state athlete. I was recruited by UK.. but chose to play at a small school so that I could be part of a winning organization. No body wants to play for a team that gets LAUGHED at by the very mention of the name. face it..

    Its embarrassing as a supporter and fan.. but just imagine how hard it is as a player that wants to play Division 1 ball… UK? Really?

    Brooks and Barnhart made a mistake.. How long does it take to admit that and move on to something more beneficial to the community and the student athletes that are attending the University.

  24. Wrong
    1:57 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    15. Going undefeated would include a W over UT, so I would have to disagree with you there.

  25. Class of '97
    1:59 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Ending the streak is worth extra credit

  26. FourThinInches
    2:00 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    How can the defense get a C grade? Our offense led the league in 3and outs and our def was probably on the field 40+ minutes a game.

  27. ebell55
    2:11 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    23 whatever I bet you were not an SEC caliber athlete if so you would have went to a different SEC school. I digress we need one more Grade on here “internet fan” and “don’t support your team that’s how you bring about change fan” you get a big fat F for F you. We lost the best offensive player in our schools history and one of the fastest RBs we ever had. Joker and Tee will be able to go into the living rooms of the deep south and get talent that this school has never seen if these idiot fans shut up and get behind them. It’s about the Jimmys and Joes and not the Xs and Os fan negativity is hurting our recruiting far more than any losses or coaching blunders.

  28. Ncaa
    2:22 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    New rule: uk football and basketball coaches must now switch jobs

  29. BCO
    2:31 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Imma put a positive spin on this whole thing.

    Yes, Im as disappointed as anyone. I (and a lot of others) predicted a 5-7 campaign this year

    But who here would have trade this 5-7 season with a win over TN for a extra win or two but lose to TN?

    I wouldnt.

    I hope we improve next year, but I dont see it. We could be staring right down another 5-7 year or worse.

  30. JBR
    3:10 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Dave in Kabul, you are spot on, and I will not be renewing my season tix next year (I have had them for many years). And, you are also correct that our football fans are pathetic….they accept mediocrity and excuses over reason and reality. I have a feeling that Mitch will feel it in the pocketbook this next season…and he should.

  31. Dave in Kabul
    3:47 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    An extra apostrophe signifying the conjoining of the words “it is” instead of my having used the proper “its” signifying possessive pronoun…

    OH NO!

    That proves it.

    UK Fans are brilliant for supporting UK Football for the past 60 years.

    anthonyeppsdrivingschool, you’re invited to the Grammar Correction Bowl sponsored by Sesame Street.

    You and Joker should feel proud.

    As for me, I’m still underwhelmed. And yer still a d*ck…


  32. Dcsports
    3:49 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    F…*yawn*…I can’t wait for basketball to start…oh wait, IT DID.

  33. Dave in Kabul
    3:55 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    The UKAA is a business venture.

    It was/is/will be in place in whatever form that it exists for one purpose.


    UK Football Fans feed that monster year after year.

    There are many fans who have the same difficulties and challenges of UK that field competitive football programs.

    What advantages does Boise State have over UK?

    UK Football exists solely for the purpose of soaking up those SEC Football Dollars.

    UK is not an SEC Football Team. It’s an OVC team in the Southeastern Conference. UK has absolutely no interest in fielding a competitive football team.

    The only fools who are still falling for the lie are about 30,000 hardcore football fans who continually fall for the same old tired lies of UK and its Athletic Administration.

    UK Football is a sacrificial lamb for the SEC powers. Nothing more and always something less.

  34. Dave in Kabul
    4:07 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    What’s with all of the grammar queens in the comments section these days?

    Is it that boring back in Kentucky that these guys have nothing better to do with their day than to read random comments on the web and correct grammar and spelling.

    OH NO! Dey is gonna ‘port us to da gramma po po on Sesame Street! Weez all gonna git whupped with a wet nooder!!! Run fo’ yo lifes!!! Dey is uh comin’!!!

  35. ebell55
    4:26 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Go Cats!!

  36. Scott
    4:52 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    In Jokers case D = Diploma and a contract extension. What a waste. Oh well hopefully only have to suffer through another wasted season before he is gone.

  37. Wscomb0
    6:31 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    D for coaching? was the author of this article even watching kentucky fotball this year? the coaching grade clearly belongs somwhere between the letter O and the letter Z. How much money did the coaching staff have to pay KSR to get such a generous judgement on their performance?

  38. Witch Doctor
    9:25 am December 21, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t like the fact that UK’s football team was not competitive this year. Over the past five years we have been competitive with most teams on the schedule. However, I do support the athletes that represent the UK football program. The people on this site (and other sites) that say “don’t buy tickets” must not have season tickets. This is not an option for most season ticket holders. I have worked and paid to have great seats. If I give the tickets up, all those years of supporting the football program and money spent will be for nothing. I will not get those seat back. UK doesn’t care if I give my tickets up, someone else will buy them. If some of you have not noticed the lower level of Commonwealth Stadium is occupied during home games. There are other ways to apply pressure on the AD to make a change.