Can you feel that folks? The air has changed, the sun is brighter, all is just….right. Football is back. After what seems like an eternity away the glorious gridiron game has returned and in under three weeks the new look Cats will take the field. Following today’s media day I’m more fired up than ever. The coaches are ready, the players are excited, and the fanbase is energized. I’ve gulped down the Blue kool-aid and it’s time to see the team take the field. However, before that can happen some big question marks remain for the up coming season. Here’s four burning questions to ponder following Media Day:
Who will be the starting QB?
Today on the radio show all three potential starters came on with Matt and left the impression that the starting job was theirs. Max Smith sounded confident and ready to take no enemies en route to winning the job. Smith dropped a small bombshell when he revealed he opted out of surgery and his shoulder remains separated. Clearly the doctors involved know what was the best course of action for Smith’s throwing arm but you can’t help but wonder what it means for his long term susceptibility to injury. Especially in an offense that has you slinging it around over forty times per game. Jalen Whitlow talked about what it was like to be thrown into the starting role last season and by the sound of things isn’t ready to give it up or share it as he was quoted “I don’t think there’s room in no offense for more than one quarterback… It screws up the team chemistry.” Finally Patrick Towles talked about his success in playing the air raid in high school and working on getting better while calling himself the baddest guy on the face of the Earth. The coaches remained mum on the subject but one thing is for sure, it’s going to be a fun couple of weeks until we know.
How Impactful Can The New Guys Be?
Za’Darius Smith. Javess Blue. Jeff Badet. Jojo Kemp. Ryan Timmons. Joey Herrick. New names abound all over the grass at Commonwealth Stadium and the coaching staff is making it sound like they are going to make plays from day one. Coach Brown had this to say about Timmons “He has the ability to run the football but we’ll start him at receiver and teach him that aspect first. If we have depth issues at running back, we’ll put him over there too. I know the state is excited about Ryan and they should be” while calling Blue one of the top-3 receivers in JUCO last season. Youth abounds on this Kentucky roster and if the Cats can find a way to get to five wins or even six it will be a result of all this talent that has been infused into the program. How much they can change the program in one year remains to be seen.
Have we seen the end of PunterU?
The Boss of Boot. The Lord of Leg. The King of Kick. The Prince of Punt. Landon Foster has been called many things since arriving on campus but being called to remain on the sideline hasn’t been one of them. For years Kentucky has been known as Punter U for the uncanny ability to get guys in the game with regularity and then send them to the league to be Super Bowl champions. However it looks like the days of Punter U are behind us and the Colossus of Quad is cool with that. He said on the radio that he would be happy if his skills were utilized less this season. Me too Landon. Me too.
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