Garret Johnson is the “whole package”
Johnson has been a big impact on the offense this year in his ability to make plays. His ability to beat one-on-one coverage and alter routes to help out Towles has been huge part of the offense’s success this year. After hearing what Will Muschamp said to Johnson after the game on Thursday, we know that Kentucky got a special player in Johnson. As a true sophomore, I am excited to have this guy around for a couple more yeas.
It’s time for Matt Elam to shine
Elam is a name we have not heard much this season, but that is about to change. With the season ending injury to Melvin Lewis, Elam is going to have to step up in his place. Melvin Lewis has been great this season and it’s a huge loss to the defense, but the coaches have full trust in Elam. “Matt will be ready. I though he did some good things. This a great opportunity for him and he needs to step up and play,” Stoops said.
Stoops believes this game will be the biggest challenge of the season
Kentucky’s trip to Starkville might be the hardest challenge for the Cats this season. Out of Mississippi State’s 22 starters, 21 of them are juniors and seniors. This is one of the most experienced teams in all of college football and will be a true test for a young Kentucky team. Saturday’s game will tell us a lot about this Kentucky team and the rest of the season.
Dak Prescott has not thrown an interception this season
Kentucky’s secondary has to be ready to come out and play on Saturday. Prescott is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the SEC with his dual threat ability to make plays. The secondary has to be able to make plays and compete with Mississippi State’s talented wide receivers. Contesting passes and putting pressure on Prescott will be crucial for Kentucky’s defense.
The full return of the Mac
Austin MacGinnis is set to do the kick-offs against Mississippi State. After handling only field goals against Auburn, MacGinnis will return to his role of doing kick-offs. Jordan Jones, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, should practice this week and play on Saturday.