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Bend But Don’t Break Secondary

We all know that the primary question mark of Kentucky’s defense this year will be the inexperienced secondary.  There will be growing pains along the way, but after watching Florida last night their passing attack shouldn’t scare any of our back line defenders.  Last night, Junior Feleipe Franks completed 17 of 27 passing attempts for 254 yards and 2 touchdowns.  At first glance that doesn’t seem bad at all.  However, nearly half of those yards came on two long completions to Josh Hammond & Kadarius Toney (66-yard TD on his lone reception).  By no means can you take away those big plays because that very easily could happen to the ‘Cats, but it is encouraging to think about the fact that the Gators didn’t exactly pick Miami apart through the air.

The other encouraging aspect is that Kentucky will almost assuredly put more pressure on Franks than the Hurricanes front 7 was able to provide.  Miami only was able to get 1 sack and 3 QB hurries in last night’s season opener.  If the Wildcats secondary is the position group of question, our front 7 is expected to make plays.  Assuming that UK is able to put more pressure on Franks than The U did last night, it should help alleviate some stress on the young secondary and cut down on big plays.

With Kentucky’s offense expecting to make more big plays of their own this season and a talented D-Line and Linebacker corps, the secondary just needs to have a bend, but don’t break mentality.  Even if Florida is able to connect on a couple of big plays, their lack of ball security last night will make up for just a of couple miscues.  September 14th is expected to be one of the most challenging games on the schedule this season, and the Gators certainly still have plenty of talent.  Undoubtedly they will correct some early season mistakes before they make the trip to Lexington.  Still though, if the ‘Cats secondary can just be adequate there should be opportunities to disrupt Feleipe Franks and the Gators offense.

Article written by Brandon Ramsey

16 Comments for Bend But Don’t Break Secondary

  1. bbn606
    12:19 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    After last nights game, who would you prefer, Wilson or Williams?

    • MtnCat
      12:22 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      The one that showed up, embraced the uniform, and is leading our offense. No doubt about it…

    • Ridge Runner
      12:37 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed MtnCat!

    • blueballs80
      2:13 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Wilson of course. Also, Miami does not utllize the RPO as we do. They are under center a lot. Given how the O-line was playing I am surprised they didnt play out of the shotgun more. Jarren was running for his life.

  2. MtnCat
    12:19 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    …there is talent in the secondary, and opportunity. That is a combination that accelerates maturity and development. By the Florida game there will be some game experience and trials under fire. We are going to be more than OK back there. There are no holes in this defense…Bring It! Go Cats!!

    • drew_123
      12:32 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Plus are we really that worried about Felipe Franks??

    • runningunnin.454
      12:53 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Nope, he’s still slow; and can’t throw to the left; his down-field accuracy is generally poor, so crowd the line, and challenge the bubble screens.

  3. 270cat
    12:40 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe we should worry about Toledo, first…

    • 2andToodleLoo
      12:53 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Yes! Thank you for saying this. Also Miami’s D is no slouch. Especially front 7. So let’s pump the brakes a tad.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:54 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Well, you have a point.

    • bddfromcincy
      12:57 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Pretty sure the team is. Doesn’t matter how far ahead fans want to think.

    • notFromhere
      3:50 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Toledo is the only game on the schedule right now

    • wes720
      6:33 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      My thoughts exactly

  4. maximumscott
    12:49 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Im not worried about UFs dline. Miamis Oline was terrible. UKs biggest strengths are Dline and Oline.

  5. BluKudzu
    12:52 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Corner speed to the ball and containment. We get that, we will be fine.

  6. TOMCATS1990
    12:56 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Hoping front 7 can make up for our lack of experience in the secondary until they get some live game snaps