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10 Things I want to See from KY Football in 2015

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

With ten days to go until the opening kickoff in the New Commonwealth Stadium, here’s the ten things I want to see this Fall.  I think they can accomplish all of them.

1. A Road Win

The Cats haven’t won on the road since opening the 2010 season with a win over Louisville.  That’s a LONG time.  A win at Vandy is inevitable, but the Cats have a puncher’s chance at Miss. State and South Carolina depending on a variety of circumstances (injuries, game time etc.)

2.  At Least Three Commonwealth Stadium Sellouts

You’d have to go back to 2010 once again to find the last time Commonwealth was sold out (that came against Georgia).  Florida, Auburn and Louisville should fill every seat, but if the Cats are winning games, Mizzou and Tennessee also have some potential.

3. A Return Touchdown

Once a program filled with return phonemes like Randall Cobb and Derek Abney, the Cats haven’t taken one to the house since 2011.  I don’t think that will be a problem this year with two of the fastest guys on the team returning kicks, Jeff Badet and Sihiem “Sci-Fi” King.  The punt return duties will be up to either T.V. Williams, Ryan Timmons and Juice, all with big-play abilities.

4.  35 Points a Game

I originally thought that might seem like a lofty expectation, until I realized they were close last year with 29.2 a game.  The offense is exponentially better and the playmakers are a year older, making it easy to foresee huge numbers this Fall.

5.  A Healthy Quarterback

It’s happened too many times in years past.  This team is Patrick Towles’ and his offensive line must play their part by keeping him on his feet.

6.  More Plays Like THIS

7.  End that Awful Streak

Many of the people reading this have never seen Florida fall to Kentucky.  It’s been 28 long years.  If anything is going to get the fan base energized, it’s ending this atrocious losing streak.

8.  Win Multiple Close Games

If they knew how to finish games last year, they would have easily made a bowl game, winning either at Florida or at Louisville.  The immaturity definitely played a part.  Having the confidence to make big plays in big situations is the difference between an “OK” team and a “Good” bowl bound team.  They may only get one, but it’d be great to see another one for a big time upset.

9.  Beat Louisville

The now infamous pregame fight picture from the Kentucky Kernal.

The now infamous pregame fight picture from the Kentucky Kernel.

Neither team has won five consecutive Governor’s Cups.  Louisville has won four in a row.  It’s time to shut their fans and prove that Petrino is not the Cats’ Kryptonite.

10.  A Bowl Game

There are many different ways to show improvement, but the only thing that will convince many fans is postseason play.  They can’t afford to lose momentum, the additional practice time, or the highly coveted 2016 recruiting class.  Besides, I need a good excuse to make a road trip for New Year’s.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for 10 Things I want to See from KY Football in 2015



  1. Tommy Tu-Tone
    9:43 pm August 26, 2015 Permalink

    Hopefully the music will be upgraded this year
    as well. THAT would be the icing on the
    BIG BLUE cake!!!



  2. BluKudzu
    1:31 am August 27, 2015 Permalink

    My 10 from UK Football: 2015
    1) Run defense is stronger.
    2) Pass Rush is better.
    3) Corners and safeties cover and smother.
    4) More Takeaways, zero turnovers.
    5) Zero stupid penalties.
    6) No injuries.
    7) Stop allowing conversions of third and long.
    8) Sweeping non conference games, winning 4 conference games
    9) Contrlling the clock,
    10) Great special teams play.

    Bottom Line: Until our defense gets it done, it won’t matter. Hitting the list above puts UK in a significant Bowl.



    • Old Coach John
      12:10 pm August 27, 2015 Permalink

      Great reply! Too bad Nick does not yet understand that the only place UK must improve to win is defense. He makes a list of 10 things he wants but he only needed to list one, A SERIOUS IMPROVEMENT IN THE DEFENSE. Someone (or two or three someones) on the defensive team has to step up and instill some pride in that group, DJ Eliot is not capable. Stop letting teams score 25-30-40 and 50 points a game and the wins will be there. Playing good defense is drive and desire and refusing to allow the other team rack up yards and score. Be tough and get tough defense and show some pride!



    • BluKudzu
      1:04 pm August 27, 2015 Permalink

      29+ points per game should be enough to win any game, as long as you have a good defense.
      Offense sells the tickets, defense wins the games.



  3. Ray Darr
    5:32 am August 27, 2015 Permalink

    Yes! Beat Lil Bro. Junior college ville.



  4. CatsFanFrankfort
    9:20 am August 28, 2015 Permalink

    Stop. The. Run.

    Yes, the offense should be improved from last year. But even with last year’s offense, if we could just stop the run, we would have been in a bowl game. If we can make a better effort on that front, I can see us winning 8 games. Most important thing. Period. Offense will be fine.