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:
WHAT WERE INTENDED RESULTS
Win the football game.
WHAT WERE ACTUAL RESULTS
Won the football game, 23-13.
WHAT CAUSED OUR RESULTS
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.
WHAT WILL WE SUSTAIN–IMPROVE?
-From 3rd and 4th down situations to stops following short passes, UK’s tackling can only be described as efficient.
-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.
-Kentucky has won four out of its last five road games.
-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.
-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.