Seems like the “Best of” lists spark some legitimate debate. This one is a little different. Let’s bring it back to the current, or near future to be exact, and discuss the best coaches, teams, and individual players that UK will face in 2015.
-Best Team-Georgia. Dawgs are loaded. But Georgia will Georgia. Only question is when.
-Best Offense-Auburn. Gus Malzahn’s spread offense is different than any I’ve seen before. Throw in elite athletes and it can be downright scary.
-Quarterback- Dak Prescott, Mississippi State. Dak is back. I dread the week that UK plays at Miss State. The endless Dak rhymes will flood the Twitter. Even with significant personnel losses, Prescott will keep MSU in close games.
-Receiver-D’haquille Williams, Auburn. Big, strong, fast, and multipurpose pass catcher.
-Offensive lineman- Greg Pyke, Georgia. UGA has the SEC’s best offensive line. Pyke is that group’s leader.
-Running back- Nick Chubb, Georgia. During the Belk Bowl, our neighbors to the west got a dose of what Wildcat defenses have faced for decades. Elite running backs are a weekly SEC occurrence. Chubb is the best of the best.
-Defense- Georgia. Not sure how Georgia loses an East game. Cross divisional opponents, Alabama and Auburn will test the mega-talented roster.
-Linebacker- Leonard Floyd, Georgia. Georgia can go six deep at linebacker and not lose a beat. Fellow Dawg Lorenzo Carter is a close runner-up.
-Defensive lineman- Chris Jones, Mississippi State. Jones was a 2014 pre-season All American and never cracked the Bulldog starting lineup. Word from Starkville is that Chris has slimmed down to enhance mobility. Smart move with NFL money on the line.
-Defensive back- Vernon Heargraves III, Florida. Shut down corner and perhaps the best in the country.
-Head Coach- Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana Lafayette. I can hear the collective shrugs as you read this. ULL had two, nine win seasons in over one hundred years prior to his arrival. The Ragin’ Cajuns have won nine in each of Hudspeth’s four years.
-Coordinator– Steve Spurrier, South Carolina. The Head Ball Coach is calling his own plays again. He’s not quite at the Fun-n-Gun level. This is more of a lifetime achievement award than current play calling capability.
Just how good is the personnel that Kentucky will face on a weekly basis? All listed above are on some sort of an All American Team.