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Kentucky’s Defense was Excellent, but Not Good Enough

Mark Stoops said before the start of the 2018 season that this was the best defense he’s ever fielded at Kentucky.  They did not shut out Central Michigan, but they showed early signs of greatness.

This is the best we’ve played as a unit for a full game or full scrimmage or anything to this point,” Stoops said. “I really liked the way we played as a unit today. So it’s what I expect of them and to improve from here.”

Kentucky held Central Michigan to just 255 yards of total offense.  I thought that was a good number. Josh Allen did not.

“First off, that was too much,” said Allen.  “I didn’t know we gave up that many yards.  I wasn’t trying to give up more than 200 at all.  We just got to get better because that’s not good.  Two hundred yards, that’s not good.  We were trying to get 100 or less.  Overall, I felt like we did good.  A lot of players made plays, but we just gotta make more.”

They made enough plays to shut down Jonathan Ward.  The Central Michigan running back talked quite a bit of trash earlier this week.  Ward only rushed for 36 yards on 11 carries.

We talk with our pads,” Allen said.  Kash Daniel added: “We did our talking on the field today.”

Daniel led the team in tackles with 11.  Allen was not far behind, finishing with 10 tackles, 3 for loss, a sack and a quarterback hurry.  Jordan Jones added 8 tackles (1.5 TFL and 1 sack) and Darius West had 7.

“I’m really proud of the way the guys came back and fought.  The offense put points on the board for us and the defense stepped up good,” Daniel said after the game.

“There was some adversity that hit in the first half and I thought my teammates on the defensive side of the ball responded well.  They didn’t hang their head and we came back and responded as a unit.”

The leaders of the defense gave the Big Blue Nation a reason to be optimistic.  They’re optimistic because they know there’s so much room to grow.

“Thank God it’s only week one,” Kash said.  “We’ve got so much to build off of.  We can’t wait to come back in on Monday and get after it.”


Article written by Nick Roush

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

14 Comments for Kentucky’s Defense was Excellent, but Not Good Enough

  1. (Aixelsyd)0505
    10:12 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Excellent but not good enough!!! Makes no sense! More like average and good enough.

    • Alex90
      12:18 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      All 20 points were off turnovers and no points given up in 2nd half. Controlled the line throughout. Shut up

    • (Aixelsyd)0505
      9:30 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      From a subpar team jackass

    • unbiasedfan
      10:15 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Sounds like your not even a UK fan so why take the time to even post. People like you will never be satisfied.

    • Alex90
      10:20 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Because he knows nothing about football and enjoys criticizing teenagers playing a game. Sad life

  2. gmar
    10:16 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Love the response from Kash

  3. nbarks88
    10:26 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    The defense looked strong today for the most part. Hoped for some TO’s from the D but they kept the game in check after half time.

  4. maximumscott
    10:57 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Lets be honest. None of the points were the Defenses fault. The Offense put them in terrible positions. Well Westrys was on the D.

  5. maximumscott
    10:59 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Also, their Offense was little 5 and outs that never really paid off. We kept everything in front amd rarely had a tackle break free.

  6. nellis234
    11:02 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    The defense I thought played really well. Made a lot of really good plays, the offense put them in really bad spots

  7. W1ldCats4Life
    11:18 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Personally, I would have liked to have seen them not give up the TD’s even being put in bad position. Yeah the O made mistakes and caused the back against the goal, force a FG rather than letting the TD happen. The best D will do that more tunes then not against a team like CMU. So I’m with Allen & Kash….we got things to build off of, but we gotta do way better.

  8. ArmyCatFan
    11:49 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    I liked the subtle… “especially that guy.” Country strong

  9. 4everUKblue
    8:20 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

    I hope in the future we can train our coaching staff to NOT get 15 yd penalties.

  10. CombatMedic_98
    4:15 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    Great Job D