Kentucky’s offensive line is a major component of their success this season and the experts are sitting up and taking notice. Pro Football Focus ranked Kentucky’s O-Line third best in the SEC through Week Four, behind only Georgia and Alabama.
“While it’s running back Benny Snell receiving the hype for the Heisman trophy, the Wildcats offensive line has also been a huge part of their success so far this year,” Gordan McGuiness writes. “Through four weeks, they are averaging 5.3 and 7.7 yards per carry on runs between the center and left guard, and center and right guard, respectively, while in pass protection, the offensive line has allowed just 19 total pressures in 2018, tied for the fourth fewest in the conference. Four of the five starters on the line have produced PFF grades of 70.0 or higher so far this year, but the star has been right guard Jervontius Stallings, who hasn’t allowed a single sack, hit or hurry over the past two games, and has delivered PFF run-blocking grades of 75.0 or highest over the past three.”
Yesterday, SB Nation’s Bud Elliott went in-depth on Kentucky’s line, which he says could win the Cats nine games even if Terry Wilson can’t get the passing game going. Wow. As you might expect, Mark Stoops is pleased.
“I’ve been very pleased with the line and their consistency,” Stoops said on today’s SEC Teleconference. “We had four guys with experience and two others that didn’t. The core guys have been very good players. They are physical, they get better each week with protections, and they know they have great backs behind them. I love their attitude and their effort.”