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After Action Review: Southern Miss

I thought we could analyze Saturday’s game by utilizing an Army efficiency tool as we close out the Southern Miss mess. An After Action Review, or AAR, is a militaristic method to analyze the success or failure of an intended action/mission.

Here we go:


— Win the football game


— Lost the football game: Southern Miss 44, Kentucky 35

WHAT CAUSED OUR RESULTS (Why did it happen)

— Surrendering a late first half touchdown pass due to blown coverage started an avalanche of 34-point unanswered points. Kentucky continued its late second half–early second half trend of late-game struggles.

— Southern Miss finished the game by dominating the Cats in offensive plays: 95-50. UK could not extend second half drives coupled with three turnovers. Defensively it couldn’t stop a simple rushing attack that exploited a limited defensive line as well as improper gap integrity run fits.

— Southern Miss rushed for 262 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Conversely, UK only managed 96 yards on 25 attempts.

— UK surrendered 520 total yards of offense.

— Kentucky did not score a second half point as it allowed 27.

— Inability to flip momentum.

WHAT WILL WE SUSTAIN? IMPROVE? (What can we do better next time?)


— First half offensive efficiency. Scoring 35 first half points was a byproduct of schematic diversity and upper-level quarterback play.

— Produce defensive turnovers as it did by intercepting three Nick Mullens passes. In doing so, UK appropriately pressured the USM quarterback that forced errant throws.

— Explosive running back and receiver plays. Kentucky exploited a C-USA defense with speed, pace, depth, and variance.

— First half momentum. When things go right for UK, they do so in bunches.

— Defensive secondary risk/reward mentality. Defensive backs properly risked in the first half that resulted in being rewarded by three interceptions.

— First half, offensive line pass and run blocking. USM did not effectively pressure Drew Barker in quarters one and two.


— Redundant; end-late first half more effectively as well as start the second half more efficiently.

— Evaluate first half result and implementation of adjustments by the coaching staff during halftime.

— Remain true to offensive game plan by executing plays that had first half success.

— Tackle opposing ball carriers. Ineffective tackling led to USM’s success on third down.

— Front seven gap integrity. On far too many occasions a defender was out of place which aided Southern Miss run game success. Out of place defenders also carried over to the passing game.  Three blown coverages resulted in wide-open USM receivers.

— Player-leadership to stop opponent’s momentum. When things go bad for the Cats, they do so in bunches.

— Halftime operations. From coaching adjustments to 3rd quarter attitude; current actions have been proven to be ineffective.

A different take on Saturday’s game. Kentucky’s opening loss to Southern Miss will be put to bed with this post.

It’s now time to move forward to Florida.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

10 Comments for After Action Review: Southern Miss

  1. pithuahua
    4:01 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

    Kentucky for the most part plays press man coverage. How do you miss covering a wide out in cover one?

  2. Bro Ken Leggage
    9:35 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

    How can we get Freddie Maggard as a Coach at KENTUCKY?

    We need someone who has been there, bleeds blue, respects Gen. Patton, and will bring committment and passion & fun back to KENTUCKY FOOTBALL.

    “Far” St. OOPS!

  3. BluKudzu
    11:28 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

    This has been said, pretty much, after each game we lose.
    How about getting serious and bring in an AD that wants to turn a program around.

    12:11 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Has Stoops had a single upset win since he has been here? And don’t say Vanderbilt or South Carolina, those were not upset victories. Bottom line, Stoops has lost every game he was expected to lose plus a few more. Hell, even JOKER had an upset win! Speaking of Joker, I hear he has lost a lot of weight over the past few years…someone said he’s been laughing his ass off.

  5. Angelo
    1:55 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Stop, Stop, Stop beating a dead horse!! Good Golly! Give up!!

  6. CatzFan618
    4:43 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Freddie I have to disagree with your upper-level QB play comment. On all of Barker’s passes, the receiver was open before he ever threw the ball. His first TD was a WR screen pass. His second, after spinning away from the rush, the WR was wide open in front of him. The third, the WR was open so long in the end zone the DB almost got there first. His 4th was a pretty pass but again Juice was 2 steps past the DB before Barker threw the ball. My question is, where were the timing routes. I saw no 5 to 10 yd outs. No back shoulder. No slats. No seam routes. Barker threw no passes before a WR broke out of his route. Not one pass into a window before the WR was there. This is very concerning to me. I don’t know if these routes weren’t run or if Barker was scared to throw them. For this UK team to be successful, I think we have to have a quick, short passing game. I didn’t see it at all last year and I didn’t see it in the first game this year. What are your thoughts Freddie?

    • Dee
      7:28 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

      plus the underthrown balls that would’ve been TD’s. I would like to hear Freddie’s thoughts on the above as well.

  7. shelby
    8:14 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Freddy’s right, Barker played well in the first half—avoiding the rush and finding open receivers is NOT easy, but he did it. I’m just st a goober, but IMO the two biggest factors in the loss was a lack of aggressive play calling in the 2nd quarter by Eddie gran who apparently thought we would coast for a win. And second the embarrassing lack of defensive adjustment by DJ Elliott which allowed so miss to run 8 plays over and over and over again with success throughout the 2nd half. I honestly don’t mind the loss, I figured it was a toss up anyway. But after grabbing a 25 point lead, AT HOME, u don’t lose that game. It’s on the staff.

  8. Laker Cat 18
    8:18 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    I can not wait to light up this team’s 2nd half effort in the comments section for today’s show thread. Meet me there at 10 AM.

  9. Bluebloodtoo
    5:39 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Halftime operations. From coaching adjustments to 3rd quarter attitude; current actions have been proven to be ineffective.

    What exactly happened at halftime? I’m not a football expert, but the team that was on the field in the second half did not look like the same players from the first half. To me, This could be explained two different ways:
    1. the players all randomly swapped jerseys in the locker room at halftime, and the coaches never noticed so they kept calling plays.
    2. seems like something in the players’ heads (read:confidence) was different