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After Action Review: South Carolina


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



— Win the football game


— Won the football game 17-10


— Defensive improvements in the following areas: assignment, tacking, desire, and resolve

— Steady, intentional, and forceful run game



— Rushing for 216 yards. I harped on the pregame show that UK had to rush for over 200 yards. Carolina was allowing 192 per game; 200 wasn’t a stretch and figured to be a proper benchmark to secure the win.

— Win time of possession. UK-32:40, SC-27:20. Mark Stoops found a way to keep his defense off the field more than his opponent.

— 1-2 punch of Boom Williams–Benny Snell. Williams: 15 carries, 123 yards, 1 TD, 8.2 yards per carry. Snell: 16 carries, 77 yards, 1 TD, 4.6 yards per carry.

Boom Williams is leading the SEC in the following statistical categories: Long rushing plays, 16–10+ yd gains, Long scrimmage gains, 17–10+ yd gains. He’s also the league’s 3rd leading rusher.

Benny Snell’s 5 rushing TDs are also tied for a conference best.

— Explosive defensive plays. Kentucky: 5 QB sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 3 pass breakups, and 1 QB hurry.

— 3rd down defense: 3/13

— Offensive rushing yards per carry advantage: UK: 4.3, SC-2.6

— Offensive line depth/rotation. Reserve guards Logan Stenberg–Bunchie Stallings joined tackles George Asafo-Adjei–Landon Young/Kyle Meadows during a critical 4th quarter, touchdown drive.

— 4th quarter offensive intention and strategy. Kentucky did not attempt a 4th quarter pass. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran deployed an effective and steady rushing attack to salt the clock and finalize the mission’s intent with a victory.

— Resolve: Kentucky overcame a first half turnover and scoring margin to win the game in the second half.

— OLBs Josh Allen and Denzil Ware: Allen-7 tackles, 1 QB sack, 1 TFL. Ware-5 tackles, 2 QB sacks, 2 TFL. Denzil Ware (an OLB/DE) was named as the SEC’s defensive linemen of the week for his play against South Carolina.

— Defensive line’s gap/assignment responsibility. NTs Matt Elam and Naquez Pringle played their best game of their careers by occupying interior blockers and clogging inside run lanes. DEs Courtney Miggins and Alvonte Bell also played their best football by lessening containment losses and forcing QB Brandon Mcllwain to make early decisions in the RPO scheme.



— 3rd down offense: 4/13. Kentucky is converting 36.3% on 3rd down for the season.

— Turnover ratio: UK-2, SC-0. This pattern cannot continue. Kentucky is currently 123rd in the nation with a -1.50.

— Allowing explosive defensive plays. South Carolina applied pressure on many occasions and accumulated 4 QB sacks. 2 could have been categorized as QB error, but disruption was consistent. The Gamecocks also produced 6 tackles for loss. This category was especially significant on 1st down plays.

— Missed tackles for loss. Linebackers and defensive linemen both had Carolina ball carries dead in their sites for a TFL, then simply missed.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

16 Comments for After Action Review: South Carolina

  1. secrick
    2:28 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    Williams and Snell and Johnson need to keep running the football. I know we want to see the ball thrown but we have to do what we are better at. Like one poster said the other day, why not put Snell and Williams both in the back field and let them quess who will carry and maybe Jonson can fool them and take off. I know nothing about football so i’m just guessing this would help.

    • Mathlete
      2:38 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

      Borrowing Gus Malzahn’s wing-T offense that took them to the SEC title game? I like it! We have the personnel for it for sure

  2. inside info2
    2:30 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    I predicted we would beat South Carolina. I predict we only get one more win this season. We are not a good football team. Next week is not going to be pretty. We will not beat Vandy. Thank goodness for Austin Peay.

    • secrick
      2:49 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

      Didn’t S.C beat Vandy, i thought they did but not sure.

    • Mathlete
      3:06 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

      SC did beat Vandy by the skin of their teeth, they’re roughly equally bad so we have a good shot at a win that week

    • inside info2
      3:17 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

      The only reason I don’t think we beat Vandy is because we are going to be beaten up so bad by Alabama this week. If we come out of the Bama game with no injuries then we have a chance. I’m afraid we might suffer one or two key injuries though. We are very outmatched. I hope I’m wrong.

      However, if we do beat Vandy then that gets us to 4 wins for the season and means we are definitely stuck with Stoops for next year. So if we win, we ultimately lose.

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:29 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

      Dude, you troll. Hard.

  3. kycats13
    2:42 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    Against Alabama, run, run, run, the football no matter what. Shorten the game, if we can keep it to say 0 to 30 that would be a step forward. Do not try and pass, just run, run the ball and the clock.

  4. secrick
    2:47 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    Freddie, Not sure you guys read these post but i know someone monitors them and could get back to you. Not all us can listen to the radio show and call in. I think it would be nice to be able to post on here and have a back and forth with one of you guys . You could give us your opinion on any subject and give us a chance to give ours and you could then respond with how dumb my opinion is and let me know why. You know like i said 2 runners in the back field i would like to know what you think about that and why it would not work, stuff like that.

    • Realme
      3:00 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

      Freddie interacts / answers questions via Twitter and Periscope, so that’s somewhat doable if you are on or sign up for those.

    • secrick
      3:15 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

      Sorry , Know nothing about Twitter or Periscope but thanks for the info.

    • UK Big Board Update
      5:53 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

      LOL. Realme, you tried…..

  5. porkchawp
    3:37 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    I think what Stoops needs to do before even worrieing about practice this week is this.. he needs to bring the bible, open it up to john 3:16, and pass the good book around to each player and have them touché the page. THAT WAY all the players are on the same page to ROLL ON Alabama this Friday!!!1!

    I agree with the gentleman that suggested the heavy run game plan. i believe we need to run wildcat 65% of the time, pass 15%, play action 12%, and TEETH GRINDING BULL RUSHING GRITTY ASS KICKING FOOTBALL 100% OF THE TIME!!! We are going to make Damien regret EVER pickeng another school beesids the BBN!

  6. Gimpsey
    3:48 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink


    • Elwood BLU
      4:35 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

      This is a perfect example of people who try to be funny but just aren’t.