Mark Stoops’ Wildcats improved on a weekly basis; in other words, his team put their heads down and went to work. The following is a compilation of season ending statistics:
–LB Jordan Jones finished the season as the SEC’s 2nd leading tackler with 100 total. Jones led 70 solo tackles led the conference. 14 TFL is good enough for 6th in the SEC. He also totaled 4 QB sacks. All Conference season for Jordan Jones.
-Safety Mike Edwards finished as the league’s 3rd leading tackler with 93 total, 3 interceptions, and 11 defended passes.
–OLB Josh Allen finished 1st in the SEC by forcing 4 fumbles. Allen completed the regular season 10th in the SEC with 7 QB sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss.
-OLB Denzil Ware: SEC-10th with 10 TFL and 5.5 QB sacks.
-UK registered 21 QB sacks. It totaled 17 in 2015.
-Cats had 65 tackles for loss; 53 in 2015.
-13 interceptions; 11 in 2015.
-Scoring: SEC-8th, 31 points per game; 2015-24.7.
-Rushing: SEC-3rd, 241.25 yards per game; 2015-162.67.
–Total: 428.3 yards per game compared to 372 a year ago, a surplus of 56 yards per.
-Averaged a program best 5.52 yards per rush topping 4.94 in 1974.
-RB Boom Williams: SEC-7th Rushing Yards-1135, 7.09 yards per carry, 7 TD’s, 94.58 yards per game.
-Boom Williams SEC-6th in Yards from Scrimmage with 1183 and SEC-6th in Long Scrimmage Plays with 36 of 10+ yards.
-RB Benny Snell: SEC-8th Rushing-1057 yards, 5.91 per carry, 13 TD’s, 88.08 yards per game. Snell had 30 plays of 10+ yards for the season.
-QB Stephen Johnson: 126-231, 1862 yards, 54.5%, 12 TD’s, 6 INT’s, 134.21 efficiency rating. Johnson’s efficiency rating is 22.2 percentage points better than UK QB’s mark in 2015.
-Kentucky was the only Power 5 football program with 2, 1,000-yard rushers.
There is not a senior listed in any above statistical categories. Safe to say that the Kentucky Wildcats are a program on the rise. We’ll dive deeper into the numbers this week on the Depth Chart Podcast.