Kentucky is 2-4 midway through the 2020 football season. The win/loss column is disappointing, but there have been individual bright spots. Let’s take a look at the team’s Most Valuable Players after six games.
Center Drake Jackson. Jackson is an All-SEC performer and has not disappointed. This especially applies in the Wildcats’ last two games due to the absence of offensive line coach John Schlarman. The senior from Woodford County has not only played his individual position at an all-conference level, Jackson has directed the Wildcats’ offensive line and greatly assisted Terry Wilson and Joey Gatewood in pre-snap recognition.
Honorable Mention: OT Darian Kinnard. Kinnard has dependably graded at an extremely high level and is frequently recognized by Pro Football Focus as being one of, it not the best offensive tackle in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky is averaging 176 rush yards per game. Jackson and Kinnard are key contributors for the SEC’s second-rated ground attack. RB Chris Rodriguez was a close third in this category. Rodriguez has rushed for 413 yards and scored four touchdowns.
Linebacker Jamin Davis. Davis is currently the SEC’s second-leading tackler, which is good enough for ninth in the nation. The 6’4, 235-pound junior from Ludowici, Georgia has also recorded two interceptions including one for a touchdown against Tennessee. In addition to his 59 tackles, he blocked a field goal attempt vs. Georgia, has one tackle for loss, one quarterback sack, two pass breakups, and one forced fumble. Davis is averaging 11.5 tackles in the Cats’ last four games.
Honorable Mention: Outside Linebacker Jordan Wright. The former basketball player has 23 total tackles for the season to go along with four tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, one Pick 6, one pass breakup, and one quarterback hurry. Kelvin Joseph and his nation-leading three interceptions was also considered.
Punter Max Duffy. The reigning Ray Guy Award Winner and All-American is averaging 46.25 yards per punt with a long of 75. Duffy is considered the best punter in program history.
Kentucky has a bye week which will allow Coach Mark Stoops and his staff to develop younger players and find a fix for its downfield passing game. Vanderbilt is up next. The Commodores have struggled in 2020. Next Saturday could be an opportunity to remedy recent offensive struggles.