Are the Kentucky Wildcats the best team in college football? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t folks at ESPN who really like what they see from Mark Stoops’ program.
The four-letter network’s top college football analyst is a big fan of what Stoops is doing in Lexington. Kirk Herbstreit picks the Cats to win most weeks on College GameDay and called over 6.5 total wins for UK as the “Lock of the Year” prior to the start of the season. After the Cats secured the seventh victory of the season, Herbstreit gave out a couple cap-tips to the team.
Each week Herbstreit names a handful of top performing coaches and players. Mark Stoops came in at No. 4 while Lynn Bowden earned third-place after rushing for four touchdowns and setting a new SEC QB single-game rushing record with 284 yards (12.9 ypc.).
My top performing players of WEEK 14:
1-Justin Fields/J.K. Dobbins @OhioStateFB
2-Jaylen Waddle @AlabamaFTBL
3-Lynn Bowden @UKFootball
4-Joe Burrow/Ja’Marr Chase @LSUfootball
5-Eric Gray @Vol_Football
6-Bryce Perkins @UVAFootball pic.twitter.com/axQqcwxOjS
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 3, 2019
Bowden could not have done it without John Schlarman’s hoss-cats leading the way. Each week Cole Cubelic selects the three best offensive line performances from the previous weekend. In week 14 Kentucky was the top offensive line in the SEC.
It’s nothing new for the Cats. Kentucky was featured in Cubelic’s top three in five straight games dating back to the Missouri game. In total the Joe Moore Award finalists earned a top three spot in seven of 12 regular season games. It’s not just blocking from the big uglies that earned the Wildcats recognition either.
One of the coolest parts of this @UKFootball offensive transformation has been the buy from the skill guys. This is a heck of a reach block by RB Christopher Rodriguez Jr! Little extra at the end as well. Incredible job by @CoachGran & co… pic.twitter.com/xzAUb5JSYH
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) December 4, 2019