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UK WRs vs. Florida – Expectations vs. Hopes


UK Depth Chart via Rivals on the left……UF Depth Chart via Rivals on the right

Saturday is going to be another rough game for our team, in all likelihood.  Kentucky will go up against and bigger, faster, and stronger Florida team who just put the hurt on a solid Tennessee Volunteer squad.  Let’s take a look at one area that we’re hoping to see improvement from: UK’s receiving crew and their ability to put points on the board…

What to expect:

Right now, UK lists La’Rod King and Brian Adams atop the WR depth chart.  However, the first two weeks also gave us a glimpse at the rest of the corps.  Matt Roark started at the beginning of the season.  He ran his routes well and was able to get open…it’s that whole ‘catching the ball’ that really threw out offense off.  He will definitely get to see snaps this weekend and let’s hope he still can get open.  Last week, we saw E.J. Fields have a very good game against Louisville.  He will start the game as a sub, but E.J. will get a chance to show off his skills against Florida DBs this week.  As far as our tight ends catching passes, the coaches don’t seem too interested in using them like Jacob Tamme while he was a Cat.  Aumiller is the started, but both Robinson and Mellilo will see action.  Mellilo actually had a few targets last week, especially late in the no huddle offense.

On the other side of the ball, Florida is going to be throwing a very talented secondary at UK.  At one corner will be Marcus Robinson, a 4-star top-50 freshman.  What he lacks in experience, he will certainly make up for in talent.  All of our receivers will have a height advantage on Marcus, but he’s going to be a tough one to get free from.  On the other corner will be Moses Jenkins.  While not as highly touted as Robinson coming out of high school, Jenkins (3-star) is a senior and knows what to expect.  With the safeties, Matt Elam (5-star soph) will be paired with another true freshman, Saunders.  Right now, Saunders looks like the easier Gator to get by in the secondary, and that’s still going to be a task.

With the Florida’s talent versus our unproven receiving corps, it could be a long day for the passing game.

What to hope for:

While UK may be outmatched speedwise, we can at least hope for a passing philosophy that keeps the ball away from the defenders.  I know we all want to see Joker air the ball out and break out the exciting playbook, but smart and sure passes are the way to go Saturday, otherwise we may be watching a few guys take interceptions back for 6-points as happened last year.  That doesn’t mean bubble screen (YOU LISTENING, JOKER?), it just means that Newton needs to really focus on his accuracy and making the high percentage throw.  Another simple hope is that our WRs reel in the catchable balls and do not fumble afterwards.  Our receiving corps did not come into the season with much experience, but this is the fourth game of the year – it’s time to shake the jitters and start catching passes.

Also, I wouldn’t mind seeing something like this happen (check out the absolutely insane overreaction by the announcer):

Go Cats.

Article written by Chris Thomas

23 Comments for UK WRs vs. Florida – Expectations vs. Hopes

  1. wldctky
    4:10 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Florida by 35

  2. FinalBattleFight!
    4:15 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    The hopefulness is pathetic.

    63-9, Gators roll.

  3. Jeff Shepherd
    4:18 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Who the hell scouts a team by looking at their recruiting profiles on Rivals? Try watching a game dude.

  4. SweetTeaMob til I DIE
    4:19 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    This is why our passing game is terrible! Joker is a dumb ass! You can’t just keep taking players in and out of the rotation. You have to find your starters and stick with them. Our receivers will never get into the groove because they’re always in and out of the game and they don’t know when they will be playing! This is basic stuff! Sure you can rotate guys in, but you can’t have a new depth chart every week. This absolutely blows my F***ING MIND!! #FIREJOKER #freeEJ

  5. SweetTeaMob til I DIE
    4:26 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Just saw where you got this off of Rivals. I guess I over reacted. Rivals hasn’t changed the depth chart since the beginning of the season and has never really had an accurate version. Try getting a valid depth chart next time.

  6. D
    4:30 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Last years game had nine total touchdowns, all scored by a #8.

    Could be same this year, making it Florida 63 – 0.

  7. Yesterdays
    4:35 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Wearing my Green Bay jersey tomm. Want to remind everyone that this guy bailed Joker out and was the only reason we won 6 games last year. Joker’s offense wouldnt fool a mediocre high school team. His mentality is, “well let’s just line up and play. Try not to make any mistakes.” This works against Western KY. Not so much for most BCS schools.

  8. JJK
    4:36 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Expectations = Hopes = Zero

  9. Yo
    4:39 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    espn has it: 38-10 gators, 31-14 gators

  10. Jerry C
    4:42 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Two words: Pipe Dream!

  11. Dan From Fully House
    4:44 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    I know most of you haven’t, but definitely watch that video. Dude flips over that catch.

  12. Joe
    4:45 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, the actual depth chart lists King, Fields, and Gene McCaskill as starters. Florida’s CB starters are Roberson OR two guys and Cody Riggs or two guys. But I know that took me about five seconds to find, and you probably couldn’t spare that time.

  13. Tomas
    4:48 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    How the hell is Matt Roark still seeing the field. He shouldnt even be on the travel team. Also played high school ball with Branden Cresap the quarterback at Lindsey Wilson. He has got skill.

  14. motodog12
    4:50 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Nice catch and all, but why didn’t they just kick a field goal? Is Joker coaching this team?

  15. bigbluedude
    4:59 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    46-12 gators. and yet there will still be tons of people defending mitch and joker

  16. Kentucky14
    5:36 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    The guy making that catch is Chaz Barnes. He went to Alcoa High School and started playing football at the encouragement of one Randall Cobb.

  17. Jonas
    5:37 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Please proof read what you write next time.

  18. catnuts
    5:45 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    I know its alot to ask, but can we please try the hurry up,no huddle from the get go to see how we move the ball. I know we won’t. We will wait until we are 30 points down just before halftime and then score making it 30-7.Then again at the end of the game when we are down 60-7 we score again using it to end the game 60-14.that is how we roll.

  19. Big O
    5:53 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Will not know if the CATS really play any better as the Gators are just so much more talented. You have to win the non conference games because the SEC top tier teams are going to win against the bottom tier SEC clubs. Make the Cards loss even bigger. Says here CATS win 1 maybe 2 more games.

  20. MikeinLexington
    5:57 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Proof read deez. Staying positive is awfully hard when something painfully obvious like EJ Fields starting doesnt happen.

  21. Ryan Lemond's Wife
    6:04 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    That announcer sounds almost as excited as Ryan when he gets half priced appetizers at the O’Charley’s on Richmond Road.

  22. katmancsm
    6:11 pm September 22, 2011 Permalink

    The whole “Head-Coach in waiting” deal was wrong from the get go. Joker was moderately successful at times as OC, but he is beyond his capabilities as a Head Coach in the SEC. Should have left KY and became(NOW)Head Coach at Mid-Major where he could develop his experience and reputation, before pressure cooking in his current position. Great guy, simply not ready. Unfair to all, including him.

  23. Cerulean
    9:48 am September 23, 2011 Permalink

    Go Blue Raiders