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Previewing the Wildcats and 49ers


Kentucky returns home after a demoralizing and humiliating loss to Vanderbilt. The table was set. Dinner was served in Nashvillem but apparently the Wildcats weren’t hungry enough to finish the SEC road game meal. Have to admit, the three-plus hours spent watching from the 70th row were not my finest, nor proudest moments of over 40 years of UK fandom.

But, I have a job to do, so let’s get to it.

Kentucky is a 24.5 point favorite. You have to go all the way back to October 15th to find a final score in which Kentucky scored 24 or more points. Charlotte is in its initial Division 1 year and not very good. UK should win this one, at least we’d hope so, in a convincing manner.

It’s Drew Barker’s team. Perhaps the rumored locker room divide has been closed. Maybe that gibberish was mere speculation. Whatever, it’s time to grow up respect the game of football.

Position breakdowns are a weekly staple. Actually, the research put into those posts are fun. But not this week. But again, I have a job to do, so here it goes:

Quarterback: Kentucky

Apparently we’re entering the Drew Barker regime. Thought so last week when Barker replaced a struggling Patrick Towles. However, Towles was ushered back in to finish the abstruse Nashville embarrassment. Drew has a big arm and accompanying bravado. A home game against a bad team is the perfect scenario for a first time starting quarterback.

Charlotte has played three quarterbacks: Lee McNeill, Matt Johnson, and Brooks Barden. Combined they’ve completed 171 passes for 1844 yards with 21 interceptions and 10 touchdowns. McNeill is the thrower, Johnson is the dual threat runner.

Running Back: Kentucky

Boom Williams played through pain and rushed for over 100 yards against a Vanderbilt defense that was allowing 113 per game. JoJo Kemp is quickly becoming my favorite Cat due to his team role acceptance and continued high level of effort. Mikel Horton is still available as is Sihiem King.

Charlotte’s does have a thousand yard rusher in Kalif Phillips. He’s joined by Andrew Buie. The team’s third leading rusher is one of the three quarterbacks, Matt Johnson.

Wide Receiver/Tight End: Even

Last week was the last time I’d give UK the advantage until it stops dropping passes. Two dropped touchdowns on the first drive are still too fresh in my mind to give the Cats the advantage.  Unfathomably, TE CJ Conrad was not targeted or thrown to in Nashville.

The 49ers are led by Austin Duke with 47 catches for 527 yards and 5 touchdowns. Trent Bostick, TL Ford, and Workpeh Kofa all have twenty plus catches on the season.

Offensive Line: Kentucky

John Schlarman’s group has taken heat during the five game losing streak. Saturday is a perfect opportunity to force its will. Will it do so? I sure as heck hope it can and will.

Charlotte is averaging 352 yards per game in its inaugural big boy football debut. Not too shabby.

Defensive Line: Kentucky

Farrington Huguennin played his best Wildcat game in Nashville. CJ Johnson, Regie Meant, and Matt Elam all managed the line of scrimmage against the less than vaunted Commodore offense. Effort and passion were both evident in their play.

Charlotte’s Larry Ogunjobi is a very good nose tackle. He leads the team in tackles with 52 with an astounding 13.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 QB sacks. Those numbers from that position, highly impressive.

Linebacker: Kentucky

Much like its defensive line mates, UK’s linebackers played well against Vanderbilt. The return of Jason Hatcher was impactful. Josh Forrest continues to build his case for Sunday play. Khalid Henderson is just solid. The perceived preseason liability has turned in a quality senior year performance. Proud of that young man. Need more with his heart.

The 49ers are led by MLB Caleb Clayton-Molby and his 6.5 tackles for loss and 2 QB sacks.

Secondary: Kentucky

Trick plays happen. The one Vanderbilt succeeded with was well designed and executed. Football happens. Other than that, the two true freshmen corners are growing up in front of our eyes. Chris Westry and Derrick Baity are going to be special. AJ Stamps has earned his way back into the lineup with solid tackling. Mike Edwards continues to develop.

Terrance Winchester leads Charlotte with 3 interceptions from his cornerback position followed by Devin Pearson with 2.

Special Teams: Even

Until the Cats clean up their error prone ways, not giving it the advantage regardless of opponent.

Charlotte doesn’t statistically appear much better.

What does all this mean?

Defensively, Charlotte is an aggressive team that has experienced vast success in categories in which UK has struggled. The 49ers have 73 tackles for loss and 19 QB sacks. Comparatively, UK has 40 TFL’s and 13 QB sacks. Granted competition skews the numbers, but still. Larry Ogunjobi is a formidable defensive tackle that must be accounted for at all times. Offensively, Charlotte will play multiple quarterbacks, one thrower and one runner. It does have a solid running back in Kaliff Phillips. On the year, Phillips has rushed 189 times for 1022 yards.

Kentucky should win. The ease in which it does or does not will determine the BBN’s Governor’s Cup confidence level. Drew Barker gets his shot. I’m hoping that he is allowed to play through freshman mistakes and manages the offense. Due to self-infliction, the UK Football Program has fences that need mending. An impressive outing against an opponent it should dominate would be the first step in that process.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

45 Comments for Previewing the Wildcats and 49ers

  1. Poppschmidty
    4:11 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    I think it’s pretty sad when the guy that is supposed to cover this team for us the most blast so much negativity on the this team. Maybe we all got ahead of ourselves and didn’t want this season to end up like last years when we petered out at the end; but it did and we still went out with our heads high. I’m a fan of this team and I want to see growth, but it is frustrating to see the backslide as far as development goes. And to respond to this:

    “Have to admit, the three-plus hours spent watching from the 70th row were not my finest, nor proudest moments of over 40 years of UK fandom.

    But, I have a job to do, so let’s get to it.”

    If you don’t want the job, get on out. πŸ™‚

    • Long Dong Silver
      6:30 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Poppshitty, I think it’s pretty sad when some of our football fans shoot the messenger. Our football sucks. Freddie was just tellling it like it is. And the evidence backs him up.

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:47 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Poppshitty? Seriously?

    • catsarerunnin
      7:59 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Poopshitty would be funnier..

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:13 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      ….to a redneck, you might be right.

    • Long Dong Silver
      8:19 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, a child molester like big board update is so classy lol.

  2. secrick
    4:29 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie it’s hard to stay positive when the team plays like shit, so i understand how you feel. Ky would have to win this game 50 to nothing for me to feel good about the L’ville game. Hope they do and win 6 win the bowl game and get back to some positive thoughts.

  3. truebluethroughandthrough
    4:37 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    I love my cats…. I also love gambling. Bet the kids college funds on the 49ers to cover. No way we win by 25 points.

    • Rob
      5:04 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Truth hurts, but it’s still the truth.

  4. The Rest of the story
    4:39 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Go 49ers!!!! End the Stoops era now!

    • UK Big Board Update
      5:49 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      But if we become successful, you won’t have anything to whine about…. πŸ™

    • The Rest of the story
      6:44 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      My main reason for the statement is to make changes and drastic changes need to be made. I know Stoops is here for a while but he needs to change his image and the image of this program by revamping the total staff. This cannot continue and how anyone cannot see what is broken on this team needs therapy. Coaching is the bane of this team and a complete staff change is needed if Stoops has any chance at success. The players are here with talent at mid SEC level at best but performing at the lowest level in reality. I hope you can see my frustration and that of so many UK fans and where the problems are.

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:43 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      You just suggested that Charlotte end the Stoops era. That means you want Stoops gone, no?

      Is it possible for some of our fans to be critical without being obnoxious about it?

      I mean, you post basically the same thing, over and over again, reworded, on every football post – and in a very low rent way.

      You lose credibility when it sounds like you enjoy making snarky low class remarks at every turn.

    • catsarerunnin
      8:01 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      He seems to dislike Stoops. That’s my take.

    • Long Dong Silver
      8:25 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Big board update is just a football apologist troll. He tries to jump on anyone that tells the truth about our football team. He’s all talk, with nothing to say.

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:32 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Get an education LJS, before you talk shit about anyone.

    • Long Dong Silver
      3:17 am November 19, 2015 Permalink

      See, more ignorant ramblings from this efftard. Like Bigbluekudzu told you, your spiteful comments add nothing to this board. You child molester.

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:32 am November 19, 2015 Permalink

      …..says the dipshit trolling a comment board at 3:17 in the morning….

    • Long Dong Silver
      10:49 am November 19, 2015 Permalink

      See, the coward who comes back the next day to comment. Chickenshit, child molesting coward. Stfu and get off this board. We are all tired of your dumbass trying to be a smart ass.

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:36 am November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Whatever you say, Poopshitty. πŸ˜‰

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:36 am November 19, 2015 Permalink

      You must have been molested as a child.

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:36 am November 19, 2015 Permalink

      By a trucker….

    • Long Dong Silver
      11:57 am November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Child molesters like you need to be in jail. Not trolling the internet.

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:06 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Whatever you say, troll.

      I hope you get a life one day. πŸ˜‰

    • Long Dong Silver
      12:07 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Just a dumbass child molester trying to be the comments section tough guy. You are pathetic. We all laugh at your stupidity.

    • Long Dong Silver
      12:13 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      And all of your insults are as old and worn out as your mamma’s vaj jay. Most of it stolen, at that.

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:22 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Isn’t your 30 minute break up at Long John Silvers? LOL Ya know, the one right next to the Lowes in Bardstown? πŸ˜‰

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:26 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      You tried to troll and talk shit in the show thread the other day, and got owned by everyone. And then your insecure ass accused several posters of being the same person. LOL. Who’s the ignorant dumbass?

      Go f*ck yourself – or have your boyfriend do it for you.

    • Long Dong Silver
      12:31 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      You are truly delusional. I recall owning your ass, little man child molester. You said you would break my knees with a ball bat. So tough of you!! Until I called your bluff. As long as you troll people on this site trying to be a jackass to everyone, I’ll be here. Chicken shit child molester. Better stop commenting and move your car before the elementary school recognizes you and calls the cops. That will give you time to steal more outdated insult material.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:19 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Don’t be mad that you want to be me. lol

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:23 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Sorry, I don’t want to drive 70 miles to put a hurting on a fat troll who wouldn’t even show up.

      Anyway, good luck in your search for a truck driver who wants to molest you today!! πŸ˜‰

    • Long Dong Silver
      1:38 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      So unoriginal. So mentally weak. Child molester. We all know you are stupid. And every time you post it shows more and more

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:44 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Whatever you say, troll. πŸ˜‰

      You forgot your period, dumbass.

      I’m done lowering my IQ by reading and responding to you. You’ll be banned from this site soon, anyway. Cats paw.

    • Long Dong Silver
      1:58 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      You are truly one dumb bastard. Child molesting retard that you are.

    • Long Dong Silver
      2:04 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      I thought it was about time you were going. The cops will be coming soon. The little boys told the teacher about you trying to lure them into your van with ice cream. That’s what got you arrested the last time.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:42 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Quite the imagination you have. I bet youre real good at coloring too, huh? πŸ˜‰

      The best part is, you have to make up stories about me to try and make me look bad, and yet, I don’t have to make up shit about you to know you’re a retarded dumbass. You’re posts let us all know that.

      I win.


  5. BobbyLamb
    4:50 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    The dudes at Rivals seem to think that Drew Barker is the answer. I guess we’ll see.

    You don’t need a subscription to listen to this:

  6. Gitback Coach
    5:20 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Number of UK bowl trips in the not-quite three-year Mark Stoops era: 0.

    Number of UK bowl trips in the four-year Freddie Maggard era: umm, 0.

    As they say in Harlan County, git over y’uns self, Freddie.

    • Jaxson
      5:52 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      That’s only because there weren’t as many crap bowls back then. His 1989 team was 6-5 (They only played eleven back then) and would have gone to a bowl today. Hell, the 1988 team went 5-6 and if they had a twelfth game against a I-AA team like UK schedules today that would have been two bowls.

    • Gitback Coach
      2:07 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, and if my aunt went to, she’d by my uncle.

      Neither the SEC nor UK’s schedule was nearly as challenging back in the late-80s as it is today. The Cats underachieved even more back in Freddie’s day than they do now. No question.

  7. roundball fool
    5:36 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Thanks, Freddie. I appreciate the effort and for shooting it straight.
    What looked like a guaranteed win is now a definite maybe. Go Big Blue!

  8. empiremaker
    6:12 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    I just hope its not the 49ers, or we don’t make him look like NFL team playing wildcats. Please do something.

  9. inside info2
    6:38 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    LOL Freddie, love the comments about the Wide Receivers and Special Teams. But you probably should’ve went “Even” for the O-line too.

    That being said, I think we still cover this game and lose to Louisville.

  10. kyjohn
    6:56 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    You can bet the house that Charlotte feels they can win this game and will give it every thing they have ala EKU.Here’s hoping the Cats will accept the challenge and play equally as hard to prove they are a legitimate SEC team.

  11. Howdy Doody
    9:28 am November 19, 2015 Permalink

    A “legitimate” SEC Team would not have lost to Vandy or allowed EKU to take them to the wire…
    just sayin’….