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Five fall camp issues

It’s here. Projection transfers to result as the Wildcats start their prospective journey to bowl eligibility. Will Kentucky achieve that goal? Many pundits are saying that the Cats will go into the Louisville game needing to beat their instate rival in order to reach the six win plateau. Regardless of how the team’s collective goal is met, there are five fundamental issues that must be accomplished prior to September 5:

-A starting quarterback must be named and the winner has to be consistent. I think it’s Patrick Towles’ job. Drew Barker will push him early, but this is Patrick’s team. My question or concern is simple, just which Patrick Towles will we see? Will the ’15 version be the early season quarterback that garnered national accolades all the while skyrocketing onto future draft board projections? Or will we see the rattled signal caller that limped through the finish line and six consecutive losses? UK is absolutely not in the position to tolerate quarterback inconsistency. A third-year Stoops-led team must have a dependable, confident, and consistent offensive leader.

-Dynamic punt/kick returner has to surface. UK has experienced a prolonged and troubling return game lull. When Randall Cobb left for Green Bay, there’s been little to no threat from the Cat back deep. That has to immediately change. Kentucky has recruited adequate athletes to improve this blatant team weakness.

-Three strong-side defensive ends will need to claim their spots on the depth chart. Farrington Huguenin is the pre-camp starter. On the current depth-chart, true freshman Kengera Daniel is running with the second team. JUCO defenders Alvonte Bell and Courtney Miggins are late arrivers which may dampen their ability to provide an immediate impact. DJ Eliot must establish three, non-linebacker pass rushers in order to achieve defensive balance.

-Nine-ten primary receiver rotation will be decided. For two consecutive seasons, youthful receivers have been given a pass. No pun intended. It’s time for that position group to grow up and produce. Simple as that. An offense such as Shannon Dawson’s relies on a steady stream of receivers but only nine or ten can be effectively prepared for game action. Just who that will be is yet to be determined.

Linebacker competition will influence critical backups. My first KSR post brought up linebacker depth as being a critical concern. That worry remains to this day. If Courtney Love is ruled ineligible, Kentucky will have to count on three backups that have yet to play their first college football game. Scary thought with ULL’s Elijah McGuire coming to town.


Stay tuned for a KSR football marathon.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

14 Comments for Five fall camp issues

  1. Stoop
    7:44 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    D-Line land O-Line starters will be determined by the size of there bowel movements

  2. Larry the Fixer
    7:53 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    I predict that the Cats will either wix six games or they won’t

  3. fatbrat
    8:00 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    How long will Barker hang around as a backup QB?

    • Andy
      9:08 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

      If Towles does well and the season is great, Barker will stick around. He will get the reins as a junior and senior.

  4. timer
    8:12 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    A coach has to emerge who knows how do develop a successful game plan against teams with bigger, faster, more athletic players.

    • Captain Obvious
      3:15 pm August 7, 2015 Permalink

      Wow. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  5. Bill
    9:18 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    The QB question is, for me, the primary one. Towels’ next big step has to be a mental one. Not telegraphing where he is going to throw the ball as soon as he takes the snap by constantly looking at that receiver. The DB’s can and have keyed on this. Looking the safety off the receiver you want to throw to. Not taking a snap and throwing the ball to a primary receiver without reading where the defensive players are positioned. If he can take the step mentally that enables him to this, then we will go bowling. If he can’t, then the question becomes whether or not Barker is able to do this. I’m pulling for Towles, and Barker, and I haven’t forgotten Phillips. We may need all three. I hope not. The next man up has to be ready if we are going to have the season we all would like to have.

  6. Bottom Line
    9:37 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    UK is an embarrassment to college football. They are the anal cleft of the SEC and will be lucky to ever do better than 5-7. Also, your coach should have a little pride and should be ashamed that he is about 75 pounds overweight.

    • funny
      9:43 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

      A UL fan talking about another coach’s lack of pride.

    • Bottom Line
      10:14 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

      Easy there mullet. I’m a Bama troll who think UK only cares about basketball. No other team in the league gives a crap about basketball.

    • J-Dub421
      11:17 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

      Easy to say when you all suck so hard at basketball. Stop acting like there are no mullets in Alabama, we’ve all heard the lunatics who call in to Paul Feinbaum’s show.

  7. Jim
    2:08 am August 7, 2015 Permalink

    Barker has so much invested in UK football that I feel there’s no danger of his leaving because he’ll probably ride the bench a couple of years. Unless, of course, the staff should pull off a miracle and bring in another QB that would be even better than Barker. That’s just not likely IMO.

    As to Barker’s non-football off-season couple of “incidents”, many of us did worse when we were young. Thank goodness I was in college before shooting a pop gun scared a campus/city into a panic or a student scuffle in an out of town bar or poolroom was the state’s biggest news item of the week. Oh the price of celebrity.

  8. Jim
    2:25 am August 7, 2015 Permalink

    You know, I really don’t mind having fans of schools like Alabama come by with some healthy discussion points or logical arguments. In fact I enjoy them and think maybe some different viewpoints can be interesting–if we give them a chance.

    But when one, or some, come blustering in without so much of a howdy do or to bring along a single factual point, sense of humor, or interesting tid-bit, to me they are simply an annoyance like summer horse flies. Can’t reason with them so I just swat them off my page. Yeah, I guess maybe I AM thinking about good ole boys like Bottom Line.

    • Dude
      3:45 am August 7, 2015 Permalink

      Thats no Bama troll. This troll lives in or around the County of Jefferson. I guarantee it.