The fine folks at Pro Football Focus have crunched the film and after careful consideration, your University of Kentucky Wildcats are almost a top 25 team.
Using a metric called PFFELO, the rating quantifies how well they played against their opponent and how well they were expected to play against their opponent. Kentucky’s up-and-down season ended on a high with a dominant 45-13 victory over Louisville, capping off a 5-2 finish. The impressive ending bumped the Wildcats up to No. 27 in PFF’s final rankings of all 130 FBS teams. Where some of UK’s opponents finished:
38. Mississippi State
61. South Carolina
The Wildcats also received some individual honors. Thanks to PFF’s oversight, there is not an all-purpose position, preventing Lynn Bowden from an earning first team All-SEC honors. Here’s how they all shook out:
Darian Kinnard, Second Team Offensive Tackle
Drake Jackson, Second Team Center
Logan Stenberg, Third Team Offensive Guard
Calvin Taylor Jr., Third Team Defensive Line
Boogie Watson, Third Team Linebacker
Cedrick Dort, Honorable Mention Cornerback
Brandin Echols, Honorable Mention Flex Defense
Lynn Bowden, Honorable Mention Kick Returner
Only a true sophomore, Darrian Kinnard does not receive as much publicity as the other talented bigs on the offensive line, but he was PFF’s highest-graded Wildcat in the trenches. The former High School All-American’s future is bright in Lexington.