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Kentucky Football: Strong and Weak

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We’ve forecasted our own opinions on what next season will look like as Mark Stoops take the helm for his first live-action as the UK head coach. We’ve predicted what the teams record will be and we’ve seen recruit after recruit roll in. The 2014 recruiting class as been the talk of the commowealth nation, but check out this piece as¬†ESPN predicts the strong and weak points of next year’s UK football squad. Edward Aschoff tries to breakdown exactly where the Cats will excel and where they will struggle next season. Check out these excerpts:

Strongest position: Defensive line

¬†Inside, Kentucky has starters Donte Rumph and Tristian Johnson return, along with the talented Mister Cobble, who showed vast improvement last year and this spring. Rumph registered four sacks and six tackles for loss last year, while Cobble and Johnson combined for 3.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. Two starters are gone outside, but Alvin Dupree is moving from linebacker to end. […] Dupree is All-SEC material. And he’ll have help from junior college transfer Za’Darius Smith […]

Weakest position: Secondary and/or pass-catchers

The Wildcats are really hurting to find a consistent receiving threat now that La’Rod King is gone. Demarco Robinson and Daryl Collins will be in their third years this fall, and while they have big-play potential, they just haven’t been able to live up to that potential. Yes, the quarterback play hasn’t been great, but there comes a point where players have to step up and figure out a way to make plays.

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As for the secondary, the Wildcats lost three starters and safety Ashely Lowery is working his way back onto the field after his horrific car accident. Both cornerback and safety are littered with youngsters, which means that incoming players will have a pretty good shot at getting valuable playing time. Regardless, the secondary is going to be younger and more inexperienced than Stoops would like in his first year.

I agree with a lot of what is said here. But as bad as some of these areas were last season, they can only go up from here.

What say you?

Article written by Chris Thomas

16 Comments for Kentucky Football: Strong and Weak



  1. I Say
    5:07 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Daryl Collins is poised for a break out year. I can see him being one of the go to playmakers next season.



  2. Good times
    5:08 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    La’Rod King, consistent receiving threat? hahahahaha



  3. Lamont
    5:25 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I say 2-10



  4. Betterthanyouthink
    5:39 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    5-7 with the wins being a product of the o-scheme.



  5. mickey
    5:49 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    the receiving core may not be as weak as people think its thin yes but we didn’t have a passing QB to get them the ball on time once smith went down he had some impressive numbers and our running game was awesome



  6. motodog
    5:57 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    We pretty much know where we stand at every position. But that secondary could be scary bad.



  7. chardun
    6:00 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    A lot of the young guys in the secondary had to play last season, so hopefully with better coaching and experience they will be a lot better.



  8. downcline
    6:02 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Going to be a tough year, but we’ll see improvement and glimpses into the future.



  9. Tommy tough guy
    6:18 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    WKU returns their entire secondary anchored by 5* safety Dowling. They will shut Kentucky down. As for the terrible UK secondary; Petrino will have a field day.



  10. jake blue
    6:39 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Petrino will not be playing quarterback. QB Mauro has very limited experience. And Dowling was not a 5 star. Oh, the misinformed posting on this board!



  11. Tanks fer Nuttin
    6:43 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    This years team will be FAR better than last year. Yes, the schedule is brutal, but some of the teams on the schedule will not be as tough as it seems now. It’s that way every year, there are suprises and disappointments. Does anyone remember how many freshman were forced into action last year due to injuries. Was it 20 something? Playing a true freshmen qb from the 2 1/12 game on was a recipe for disaster. Mark it down, this year the Cats will be significantly better and their record will be better as a result…5-7, or 6-6.



  12. Unboltedharp
    7:36 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Quarterbacking was good until they played dirty south Carolina. That’s at least twice they have taken out our quarterback. We have some depth and much better coaching this year. It won’t be the same old play calling from the last three years. Tough schedule, but I think we’ll surprise someone along the way!



  13. J A Brooks
    8:34 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Am I missing something? Why is anyone assuming our DBs and Safeties will be scary bad? How can anyone think it wont be better than it was last yea? And what 3 starters did we lose from the Safety and DB positions? I count Neloms and I guess Carrier Rice but he didn’t start the year as a starter…

    Lowery started last year and played s lot as a freshman… Blaylock started several games at safety and he’s back. We added a 4 star safety in Mcwilson and a healthy Faulkner could be the best if the bunch… Safety is better… Quite obviously in my opinion.

    Juco Nate Willis adds experience at the CB spot. The guys who plated the most at CB last year are all back and several of them were freshman last year who we can’t possibly pretend to know how good they can be since they were thrown to the wolves.

    Cody Quinn, Tiller, and Harmon all flashed potential and incoming Freshman Hytchye and McClain were offered by some major programs.

    Plus we have a much better scheme and a defensive head coach…



  14. E-town
    8:51 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    # 13 makes very good points.



  15. Spelling B
    8:52 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    “Forecasted.”

    #smh



  16. tommy tough guy
    10:50 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    #10… how do you explain this than? 5*. #1 Safety. #10 overall.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/college-football/recruiting/player/news/_/id/79009/jonathan-dowling