Two weeks into the season and Kentucky fans are beginning to get a feel for the 2011 Kentucky Wildcats. The defense has looked generally better than last year, Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan are a dynamic dreadlocked duo, Clemons is becoming a star to watch, and while Morgan Newton could use a little help from his friends – he’s got a better long ball and is more open to running than most quarterbacks we’re used to seeing. That is, this team is starting to build an identity. Run the ball, pass it when you have to/see an open deep threat, and wear lesser teams down on D. What they have yet to show is an ability to consistently catch passes, and ESPN called them out on it during their weekly ‘Hot or Not.’
Here’s what they had to say:
Kentucky’s passing game: It’s been a rocky start for junior quarterback Morgan Newton, but he hasn’t gotten a lot of help, either. The Wildcats are ranked 115th nationally in passing offense through the first two weeks. They’re averaging just 105.5 passing yards per game, and Newton is completing just 44.4 percent of his passes. He’s thrown four interceptions and two touchdowns. The other part of this story is his receivers, who’ve had a serious case of the dropsies. Dropped passes were a problem in the spring. They were a problem in the preseason, and they’ve been a problem the first two games. The Wildcats also haven’t protected as well as they did a year ago and have given up six sacks after giving up just 19 in 13 games in 2010. It’s a fact that Kentucky is 2-0. It’s also a fact that the Wildcats need to get a lot better in the passing game if they’re going to extend their bowl streak.
It’s hard to disagree with the numbers, but we can hope the WR’s figure out how to catch and Newton learns to check multiple receivers sometime in the next week. Until then – the best part about being in the ‘freezer burn’ section is that I can start trying to push the nickname ‘icebox’ on an unsuspecting freshman. Suggestions?
Can we please see “The Annexation Of Puerto Rico” this weekend?