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Six is Not Enough

Their sights are set on becoming bowl eligible with a win over Georgia Saturday night, but this team will not be content with only six.  They will reach a new milestone, but they want more.

“We know what type of team we’re capable of,” Derrick Baity said.  “We can do better than six.”

Growing the Cume Defensive Line Rotation

Kentucky played more defensive line against Missouri than any other game all season.  With T.J. Carter and Calvin Taylor in the mix, the Cats used eight different defensive linemen.  After starting slow, D.J. Eliot’s extremely pleased with the progress of the defensive line.

“They were knocking them back in the run game,” he said.  “The combination of everybody getting better, playing more physical, and playing more defensive linemen contributed.”

Things are Clicking for the Transfers

Courtney Love and Naquez Pringle started the season slow, but have become two of the defense’s most important players.  D.J. Eliot said things started things clicking for Pringle against Alabama.  “I thought he played at a different tempo and a different physicality in that game and he’s progressed since then.”

It took a little longer for Love.  The middle linebacker finally found a rhythm in his preparation and felt comfortable around his teammates during the game.  Last week’s six-tackle performance against Missouri felt natural for the first time all year.

“I was able to really just play, not think a lot and be more physical,” Love said.

They Won’t Change for the Freshman Quarterback

If I’m Mark Stoops, I am teeing off on Jacob Easom.  I want to put him in the dirt early and often, mixing it up with exotic blitzes and alignments.  They probably will, but they aren’t telling that to the media.

John Allen said it doesn’t matter if he’s a freshman or senior, he’s going to try to tackle him.  Denzil Ware shared a similar sentiment.  D.J. Eliot doesn’t even perceive Easom as a true freshman because he’s already received so many snaps.  Still, I’d blitz the kid to death (but I’m no coach, just a blogger).

Go Inside the Cornerback Room


One of the few miscues from Saturday was a 57-yard touchdown surrendered late in the game on a homerun shot down the sideline.  The cornerback simply got burnt.  Derrick Baity wasn’t pointing fingers, but he said they do not refrain from dishing out criticism.

“Depends. How did that Saturday go?” he joked before getting serious.  “We get on each other in the film room because our group knows we’re too talented to just give them something.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR