You know football season’s almost here when we get Athlon Sports’ annual anonymous survey of SEC coaches. What do the other teams in the league really think of Kentucky Football and Mark Stoops? As you would expect, there’s both praise for last season’s success and skepticism the Cats can keep it up.
“They lose a ton on defense. You don’t replace a Josh Allen at Alabama, and you sure as hell don’t at Kentucky. He was the best edge rusher in the game.”
“They’re going to fall back some this year because of how good the league is, but I think Mark Stoops has done a great job. Even if they end up .500 this season, they’re still going in the right direction. They’re just not a reload team. They’re going to need more than one year to build. But Stoops has them in a really nice spot.”
.500?! That’s the coach speak equivalent of taking a dump on Kroger Field. No sir.
Shoutout to this coach who recognizes the cupboard isn’t bare with Benny gone:
“I’d worry more about the offense — the needs are obvious. Losing Benny Snell is a huge blow, he’s their all-time yards guy, but they’ve got a stable behind Snell of faster, more dynamic guys, not grinders.”
Odds that was Will Muschamp, who knows firsthand how dangerous AJ Rose can be?
This coach nails my concerns headed into the season:
“Eddie Gran will have to go back to that Cincinnati stuff, spreading the ball around, going faster, but they have to get more efficient quarterback play. Terry Wilson can run, but he’s got to improve throwing the ball on third down. They need better execution passing and receiving. They won’t have the defense to bail out short drives.”
You got this, Terry. Read the rest at the link below.