I appreciated Kindsey’s post from earlier that tried to shine a light of optimism. The site needs good positive perspective. As a habitual optimist, I appreciate it more than most, but tonight I’m going to rain or her parade.
I was a big Shannon Dawson fan, even when they struggled throughout the year, but then I saw this year’s passing numbers. They’re bad. Actually, “bad” doesn’t do them justice. For a person that falls under Hal Mumme’s Air Raid tree, these numbers are horrific.
Here is where Kentucky ranked in a variety of national categories according to TeamRankings.com, going from best to worst.
- 79th in completions per game, hauling in 17.2 passes per game.
- 80th in QB sacks per game; the QB was tackled 2.4 times a game.
- 87th in yards per completion at 11.6.
- 89th in passing yards per game with 198, only 151.7 through their last three games
- 89th in incompletions per game with 15.1 passes failing to connect per game.
- 97th in completion percentage. UK QB’s completed 53.24% of their passes, only 44.9% in their last three games (Vandy, Charlotte, UofL).
- 111th at interceptions thrown per game, 1.3 an outing.
- 113th in team passer rating at 103.5.
The man that’s going to turn it all around next year, Drew Barker, completed only 47% of his passes for 317 yards and 1 touchdown during the final three games of the season. Granted, he was pulled rather quickly against Vanderbilt and these reps are meant to be teaching moments, but those numbers don’t reveal to many positives to build upon.
Terrible passing stats don’t entirely fall on the shoulders of the offensive coordinator and the quarterback, but most of it does. If this replicated at all in 2016, I don’t want to know the dire consequences.