1. End Every Possession with a Kick
We know Terry Wilson is fast. We know he has a big arm. We also know that he’s never played in a Division I football game.
Inexperienced mistakes will happen. The key is making sure they’re minor mistakes. An overthrown ball is only bad when there’s a defender prepared to pick off the pass. A loss of yards on an RPO is better than fumbling the handoff when he meshes with the running back. There will be growing pains, but if Wilson mitigates his mistakes the future is promising.
2. Dominate the Line of Scrimmage
Kentucky has a clear size advantage in the trenches on both sides of the ball.
|Average Weight||Biggest Player||Smallest Player|
|CMU O-Line||281||308 (Carr, OG)||257 (Kimbrough, OG)|
|UK D-Line||283||340 (Bohanna, NG)||230 (Allen, OLB/DE)|
|UK O-Line||309||320 (Stenberg, OG)||290 (Jackson, C)|
|CMU D-Line||268||310 (Dill, NG)||243 (Stanitzek, DE)|
Kentucky’s offensive line outweighs the Central Michigan defensive line by more than 40 pounds. With four returning starters, Benny Snell should be able to walk through the holes they create and control the tempo of the game.
3. Contain Jonathan Ward
The first point of the Kentucky defense is and always will be “stop the run.” That’s easier said than done against the future NFL running back. The most talented playmaker on the Chippewas’ offense, UK has an opportunity to prove that they can shut the down the opposing team’s best player. If they force Ward’s supporting cast to make big plays, the Cats should cruise.