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After Action Review: South Carolina

An After Action Review is an Army method utilized to analyze an intended action. Let’s apply a version of this process to the Kentucky vs. South Carolina football game to determine what the Cat’s need to sustain and improve:


Win the football game.


Won the football game, 23-13.


Third down conversions

-Kentucky converted 9/16, 56.3%.

-This included five consecutive in two first half touchdowns; ballgame over.

-Limited South Carolina to 3/12, 25%.

Winning the line-of-scrimmage

-UK rushed for 184-yards compared to Carolina’s 54.

-Kentucky owned Time of Possession: 36:59 to 23:11.

-Derrick LeBlanc’s defensive line and John Schlarman’s OL dominated up front. It was more physical and disciplined at the point of attack.

Exceptional special team’s execution

-Austin MacGinnis’ kickoffs were accurate and away from Deebo Samuels.

-MacGinnis also nailed 4/4 field goals and perfect on PAT’s.

-Coverage teams effectively tackled.

-Kentucky won the field position game as well as being the best special team’s unit between the two teams.


-From Hoover Media Days to game day, UK was disrespected in this series.

-Cats out-toughed its opponent.




-From 3rd and 4th down situations to stops following short passes, UK’s tackling can only be described as efficient.

Courtney Love

-The senior is playing like a senior leader.

-2nd leading tackler on the team.

-Physical stops on 3rd/4th downs.

Receiver blocking, routes, and unselfishness

-5 receivers caught passes. Run after catch was turnover free and up-field.

-Lamar Thomas’ group physically blocked Carolina defenders in the run game.

-Unit appears to be unselfish; team-first.

-Garrett Johnson is less than 10-yards away from moving past Randall Cobb as the university’s 7th all-time leader in receiving yards.


-Kentucky was brash, confident, and knew it was the better team from the captain’s handshake all the way through the end of the football game.

Road Warriors

-Kentucky has won four out of its last five road games.

Stephen Johnson

-Just wins games; 10-4 in Kentucky’s past 14 games.

-54-yard run for game sealing field goal.

-16/25, 169-yards, 64%, 1 INT, 90 QBR.

Benny Snell rushing for 100-yards

-32 carries, 102-yards, 2 TD’s.


-Defensive line rotated several players at three separate positions with no drop-off.

-Reserve guard Mason Wolfe had a key block on a converted 3rd down play.

-Backup LB Eli Brown stepped in for All SEC LB Jordan Jones and played extremely well. When Brown was lost to injury, third team LB Boogie Watson was in on a 4th down tackle on his first play from scrimmage.

Play action pass

-Eddie Gran has developed a playmaker in the form of the play-action-pass. In order to loosen the opponent’s front-seven box, Gran called timely play action passes, many coming on 3rd down. This all starts by not losing ground on first down.


Slow start

-Cats had a +4 turnover margin for the season, +2 per game.

-An interception and fumble in the first quarter.

More carries for non-Snell running backs

-I normally say that teams require 4 RB’s to sustain a run through the SEC. Eddie Gran is operating with two.

-Benny Snell had 32 carries vs. South Carolina and leads the SEC with 71 carries. Sustaining that load is concerning.

-AJ Rose, Bryant Koback, and or Lynn Bowden must establish.

What does all this mean?

Kentucky traveled to Columbia, South Carolina and dominated its opponent for three and a half quarters. Its 3-0, had swagger, and beat up Carolina as Saturday’s game did not require a fluke play or strange series of events to secure the victory. As we evaluate this team on a game-by-game basis, Mark Stoops’ squad can look no further than Monday’s practice. There are several areas that require improvement for it to have a chance to beat Florida.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

6 Comments for After Action Review: South Carolina

  1. Courtney Love

    -The senior is playing like a senior leader.

    -2nd leading tackler on the team.

    -Physical stops on 3rd/4th downs.

    -He had the best parody of the Jake Bentley flop after this tackle:

  2. bosshogg24
    5:17 pm September 18, 2017 Permalink

    Play calling still must improve, makes Stoops like he has no say or control! Three runs into the middle of the line from your one yard line for no gain puts your kicker in a dangerous position! Forty seven runs to twenty six passes is not balance,plus too much Wildcat!

    • TBW3011
      5:35 pm September 18, 2017 Permalink

      If we pass as many times as we run you won’t like the result. We don’t have the pieces at key spots to sling it around the field.

  3. foamfinger
    5:49 pm September 18, 2017 Permalink