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After Action Review: Louisville



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-Louisville football game:


— Win the football game.


— Won the football game 41-38.


Offensive Line Dominance

-DT Deangelo Brown had 11 tackles for loss and 3 QB sacks going into the Governor’s Cup. He finished with 1 tackle and 1 roughing the passer penalty.

-OLB’s James Hearns and Devante Fields had combined for 18 tackles for loss and 13 QB sacks through 11 games. Hearns/Fields registered 4 combined tackles, 0 TFL, 0 QB sacks, and 1 QB hurry vs. Kentucky.

-Louisville’s defense was ranked 7th in the nation by allowing just 292 total yards per game. UK rolled up 581.

-Cardinal run defense was ranked 6th in the nation as it allowed 99 yards per game. UK ran for 229.

-UofL’s pass defense entered the Governor’s Cup ranked 23rd in the nation by giving up 193 yards per game. UK threw for 352 on Saturday.

Defensive Line Disruption

Kentucky totaled 8 tackles for loss and 3 QB sacks.

-DE Alvonte Bell: 6 tackles and a pass breakup.

-DT Adrian Middleton: 6 tackles, 1 TFL.

-NT Naquez Pringle: 1 tackle, .5 QB sack.

-DE Courtney Miggins: 1 tackle, .5 QB sack.

Linebacker Play

-Jordan Jones: 10 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 QB sack.

-Courntney Love: 6 tackles, 1 fumble recovery.

-Denzil Ware: 7 tackles, 1 TFL.

-Josh Allen: 2 tackles, .5 QB sack, .5 TFL.

Safety Explosive Plays

-Mike Edwards: 6 tackles, 2 interceptions, .5 TFL, .5 QB sack.

-Blake McClain: 6 tackles, 1 INT.

-Marcus McWilson: 9 tackles, 2 TFL.

Offensive Explosive Touchdowns

-Garrett Johnson: 75 and 63-yard touchdown receptions.

-Dorian Baker: 35-yard touchdown reception.

-Rushing scores: 36-yard run by Boom Williams, Benny Snell rushed 18-yards for a TD.





Stephen Johnson’s Passing

-16-27, 1 INT, 338 yards, 3 touchdowns.

Eddie Gran’s Play Calling

-72 offensive plays, 581 yards. 43 rushing attempts, 229 yards. 27 passing attempts, 352 yards.

-Gran appeared to be 2 plays ahead of UofL defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Forced Turnovers

-3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery.

-Louisville turned the football over on its last 2 offensive possessions of the game.

Punt Coverage

-Punter Grant McKinniss averaged just 35.8 yards per punt.

-Punt team limited the dangerous Cardinal returner Jaire Alexander: 2 returns, 6 yards.

Austin MacGinnis’ Heroics

-47 yard, game-winning field goal with :18 remaining in the 4th quarter.

-MacGinnis kicked 2 game-winners in 2016 regular season: 51-yarder with no time remaining vs. Mississippi State and from 47 yards against Louisville.



-Grant McKinniss: 4 punts, 35.8 yards per.

Catching the Football

-3, 1st half drops. Lamar Thomas’ group more than made up for their errors in the 2nd half.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

10 Comments for After Action Review: Louisville

  1. secrick
    2:23 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

    I still say Ky has the better football team, the Cards have one great player and that’s it. Yeah i know we where better Sat. but i think we beat them 2 out of 3 every time.

    • Mathlete
      2:42 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

      People have already forgotten that they were a 7-win team last year without Jackson under center (and would have been a 6 win team if he hadn’t played in the UK game since we were curb-stomping them 21-0 before he replaced Bolin). On top of that, they played a pillowy soft schedule (per usual) and won against exactly zero quality teams.

      Lamar Jackson is an outstanding player, but Louisville is nothing special without him.

    • Nerds
      3:49 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

      Mathlete….How can blowing out (at the time) the number two team (currently ranked #12) in the country not count as a win against a quality team? I’m just trying to understand your logic here.

    • Mathlete
      4:23 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

      @Nerds – let me repost with some emphasis added and the parenthetical missing:

      “People have already forgotten that they were a 7-win team *****LAST YEAR***** without Jackson under center … On top of that, they played a pillowy soft schedule and won against exactly zero quality teams.”

      In 2015, last year, they had zero quality wins. They also had exactly one quality win this year (against FSU) and nearly dropped games to both Duke and UVA. I repeat: Louisville is nothing special without Lamar Jackson.

  2. rockatao
    3:20 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

    One aspect of UK’s team that I feel does not get enough credit. The kickoff coverage has been outstanding all year. What a change in special teams from the past few years.

  3. UKfanman01
    5:09 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

    This is the best video I’ve seen so far of the game. Can’t believe it slipped by Matt N’ Co.
    This video makes my soul smile. On a different note…. HOW IN SAM’S HE** DID FITZGERALD GET PICKED OVER JOHNSON THIS WEEK?!?!?! Even the Vandy QB deserves it far more than Fitzgerald…

  4. UKfanman01
    7:26 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

    @UK Big Board lol. Oops. Internet service sux at work so I try and skim through everything. Totally didn’t see that haha

  5. dshwildcats
    9:18 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

    As usual, Freddie does a great job in his analysis/breakdown of the game! I think one thing that won’t show up on the stat sheet, but is worth noting, is the total lack of respect that I believe the entire Louisville Football program has for Kentucky Football. We’ve all listened to their cocky, obnoxious fan base. If I hadn’t known any better, I would’ve thought Kentucky was lining up against ‘Bama for a second time when they took the field on Saturday afternoon! I honestly believe the Louisville players and coaches are just as guilty of that disrespectful attitude toward the Kentucky program as their fans are.

    Maybe when the Louisville Football team, its coaches and fans come to Commonwealth next November, they’ll look at Kentucky Football in a different light! If not, we’ll probably see a result similar to what we saw this past Saturday.