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After Action Review: Alabama


An After Action Review, or AAR, is a US Army evaluation tool used to analyze an intended mission/action. Let’s apply this method to the Kentucky-Alabama football game:


— Win the football game


— Lost the football game, 34-6


— Faced a superiorly talented opponent.

— Unable to establish offensive rhythm, excessive turnovers, and inconsistent quarterback play.

— Lack of line-of-scrimmage effectiveness and depth.



— Resolve

Kentucky did not show fear and did not back down from its opponent.

— Run game

UK established the run and stayed true to its offensive identity even after adverse scenarios.

— Run defense

Held Alabama to 58 fewer rush yards (173) than its season average (246).

— Eager and mostly youthful linebacker play

Sophomore Jordan Jones: 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss. Freshman Eli Brown 7 tackles, Junior Di’Niro Laster: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, Sophomore Josh Allen: 4 tackles, 1 TFL.

— Beginning stages of elite safety play from Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards is currently the SEC’s 4th leading tackler (43-8.6 per game). Vs Alabama: 12 tackles, 2 pass breakups.

— Special Teams

UK special teams finished the game with a positive 35 yards. Eddie Jackson’s 17 yards return threatened, but didn’t materialize. Kicker Austin MacGinniss: 2-2 FG’s. Punter Grant McKinniss: 44.7 average with a long punt of 61 yards.


— Tackling

Kentucky continued to miss tackles in the opponent’s backfield as it failed to take advantage of tackles for loss and QB sack opportunities.

— Quarterback Ball Security

Stephen Johnson fumbled 3 times, losing 2. All 3 fumbles occurred at precarious times.

— Running back rotation

Benny Snell Jr had been a bright spot for Eddie Gran. Snell finished the game with just 8 carries for 33 yards.

— Pass defense

Alabama quarterbacks: 25-38, 315 yards, 2 touchdowns. Zone pass coverage has at times been a liability. It has improved, but reared its ugly head during a contested period of the football game. Cornerbacks were somewhat exploited, but this cannot be solely judged as a CB issue only. Second half pass rush all but disappeared which significantly influenced the situation. QB Jalen Hurts was afforded 4-6 seconds to dissect the secondary followed by passes to All American WR Calvin Ridley.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

3 Comments for After Action Review: Alabama

  1. plumloopy
    12:24 pm October 4, 2016 Permalink

    That damn quote never made sense to me. You tell people what to do and they surprise you with the results? Huh?. There’s nothing surprising about a RESULT if you’ve told someone what to do.

    Apparently, this quote is WRONG. According to the “official” Patton site and also Wikipedia, the quote is: “”Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their INGENUITY.” That makes way more sense because ingenuity IS the how (which you didn’t tell them).

    This completely changes the meaning and I hope you’ll consider changing the graphic.

  2. Mathlete
    1:23 pm October 4, 2016 Permalink

    I get the feeling Snell didn’t see many carries as part of a multi-game strategy from Gran. We’ll definitely need him healthy in winnable games, and Bama isn’t one of those games we were ever going to win.

    • inside info2
      1:38 pm October 4, 2016 Permalink

      I was wondering what the heck was happening and then I came to the same conclusion. I was really worried we would get several key players hurt against Alabama. I’m glad it didn’t happen.