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The Eye in the Sky Don’t Lie: Kentucky vs. Florida

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Archrival Louisville lost to Clemson on Thursday night and moved to 0-3. Commonwealth Stadium was sold out. Questions of should we or shouldn’t we charge the field trended on local radio shows. The BBN’s mood and expectation summited. Then came Saturday night. Florida extended its winning streak to 29.

Let’s take a look at the film or the “why” of the game’s result. The following is a break-down of the breakdowns while highlighting the highlights segmented by offense, defense, and special teams:


— Kentucky’s first offensive drives to start both halves resulted in critical dropped passes. During UK’s game opening series, Dorian Baker had gotten behind UF All-American Vernon Heargraves III before dropping a touchdown pass in the end zone. Commonwealth Stadium was poised to euphorically erupt. The moment presented itself to no avail. The squandered TD chance was then followed up by another tipped/dropped pass that Heargraves intercepted and returned deep into Wildcat territory. Florida eventually scored a touchdown. That one play resulted in a potential 14-point scoreboard flip. Missed opportunity.

— During its initial second half drive, Patrick Towles hit Jeff Badet between the numbers on a hitch route. The football then hit the ground, incomplete. An all too familiar second and 10 play followed.

— Florida’s defense was multiple, disruptive, skilled, and the aggressor. With the return of safety Keanu Neal and Vernon Heargraves III, the Gator secondary lived up to its billing as one of the nation’s best. Earlier on a KSR post and on the podcast, we explained how the UF secondary had dealt with opening game suspensions and injuries, but would be 100% vs. Kentucky.  Safety/nickel Brian Poole was presented all kinds of problems. Gator safeties played downhill with early run reads that led to on-line of scrimmage tackles. Florida was rolling coverages. This means, it gave a pre-snap look and changed into a different coverage once the football was snapped. In previous games, running backs were able to make unblocked defenders miss. Florida proved to be a sure tackling team and physical against the run. This also limited the success of UK draw plays. Safeties read, reacted, and attacked.

— Kentucky’s offensive line had a difficult matchup and was at times overwhelmed. True freshman George Asafo-Adjei was beaten while one-on-one against Gator defensive ends, McCalister in specific. A move that seemed to provide the most trouble for George was when defensive ends stood tall, then dipped down to avoid arm contact thus running by the pass block. This move led to two sacks. There is no practice simulation to prepare the youngster for the elite athletes on the UF defensive front. Teachable moment.

— Screen game was ineffective due to UK inside blocker’s inability to chip defenders before releasing downfield to block. Patrick Towles then had to ground the football to avoid a sack. UK did have one successful screen pass to Mikel Horton. 

— Gators’ six sacks proved to be the most impactful statistic. The Florida linebackers were blitzing up the middle of the field.  Gators also employed cornerback blitzes and other alternative packages. However, the majority of sacks came by UF’s front six dominating Kentucky’s offensive linemen in one-on-one situations. Without a running back to chip defensive ends, Jordan Swindle and George Asafo-Adjei were left on a precarious island against elite pass rushers. Inside blockers didn’t fare much better. Florida’s defensive line twisted and stunted, meaning the defensive linemen lined up at one point, then crossed to take a different route to the quarterback.

— One sack in particular was while UK was in two minute offense mode driving late in the game with a chance to win. On third down, Towles tried to escape the pocket but was sacked. The veteran quarterback should have thrown the football away, live to fight another down. Instead, fourth and 22 was unmanageable.

— Situationally, UK receivers created separation against the vaunted Gator secondary. However, several times the football was thrown high or behind the intended pass catcher. If on target, drops ensued. Mark Stoops described this dilemma as missing layups. Against elite defenses, windows of opportunity are limited. When the window is open, completions and explosion plays must be the result.

— Cats struggled on first down. Against Florida and upcoming opponent Missouri, starting behind the chains is a consistent precursor to habitual three-and-outs. Against Florida and Missouri defenses, no team is built to be in 2nd-and-9 or 3rd-and-8 situations.

— Cats had the football first-and-goal on the 2-yard line. It went backwards and settled for a field goal. Play calling has been questioned. But, any SEC team worth its salt should be able to announce its play call over the stadium intercom and still manage to gain two yards for six points. Opportunity.

— Running backs remain the most consistent position group. I saw only one missed blitz pick-up block on Saturday as the running backs continued to excel in yards after contact. Boom Williams has established himself as a possible top five SEC running back. JoJo Kemp and Mikel Horton complement Boom with fresh legs and a hard to defend change of pace.

— Patrick Towles had a difficult night. That may be putting it lightly. Offense is an 11-man operation. However, the blunt of the liability will always focus on the quarterback. Comes with the job. 8-24 for 126 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions warrants reproach. However, the receivers didn’t help with dropped passes. The offensive line rarely provided protection to give Pat time to go through progressions. But still, there were missed opportunities; three that were potential touchdowns.

First is the obvious Doran Baker drop. Second was end zone slant to Blake Bone that sailed too high. A defender that flashed in front of the route, but a veteran QB such as Towles should have been patient allowing the defensive back to pass by, then thrown a strike for six points. The third was to Garrett Johnson on a vertical route. Both Johnson and Towles could have been more active in completing the pass. A potential fourth was a dig route to Jeff Badet. Towles’ throw was high and behind target. Lots of green, fake grass awaited if the football would have been accurately delivered. Opportunity.

— Play calling has been a highly discussed. The post-game topic has to be addressed. Possibly, the defense’s success changed the game’s dynamic. The smart play was to be conservative to enhance field position in hopes of a possible defensive score. Secondly, on a night when the quarterback was experiencing very little success, the offensive line was being dominated, and receivers had the drops, I can understand the conservative approach. With virtually no offensive phase working, precaution is at times the best method of attack especially in a close game. There is no doubt that offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson will be scrutinized. He’s paid well for his offense to score points. Saturday’s adjustments from the UF game will be evident early. Utilizing talented tight ends Conrad and Long have been a BBN rally cry. My gut says the offense could see a personnel and schematic shake-ups come Saturday. The coaching staff from Mark Stoops down sees this team every day in practice. I trust their judgement, but also understand fan frustration. I’ve not hit the panic button. But improvement and results are mandatory. Final thought, after watching the game twice, UK faltered in opportunities that could have changed the outcome of the game. Kentucky’s margin for error is miniscule. It errored more than it succeeded.

— I’m not advocating benching Patrick Towles. However, I do feel that if that against Missouri the passing game has a Florida type repeat performance, there will need to be serious and season impacting decisions made. A serious argument is for Drew Barker to at least play a series to get his feet wet. That tactic has been a commonplace across the SEC. Pat could potentially rebound with a big game on Saturday. However with a varied and perplexing completion rate, a practical concern remains at the quarterback position: Lousiana-47%, South Carolina-72%, and Florida-33%. I’m convinced that Kentucky has offensive threats. Personnel is in place to average 35 points per game. One non-productive game doesn’t define a season or, in the case of Patrick Towles, a career. Its struggles are in its inability to make key plays in critical game junctures. A large portion of this is fixable. In the preseason, I said UK would go as far as the quarterback took it. I stand by that statement. Needless to say, this is the biggest week of Patrick Towles’s career at the University of Kentucky. There’s no way to dance around the fact that beating Missouri would be a critical step towards bowl eligibility. In a game of this magnitude, the Wildcats need its veteran quarterback to play like a seasoned signal caller.

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— Farrington Huguennin turned in his second consecutive solid performance with seven tackles including a tackle for loss. His on-line of scrimmage run discipline is a product of player development. Farrington’s disruption and edge containment forced Gator running backs back toward awaiting linebackers.

— Regie Meant’s development was evident and an early force. Meant registered four early game tackles and a sack before an early exit due to shoulder injury. His status for Saturday has been upgraded and return is likely.

— DJ Eliot disguised coverages and presented multiple pre-snap looks. While Will Grier consistently escaped sack opportunities, Kentucky’s movement and scheme seemed to impact Gator run game. Florida’s running backs totaled 66 rushing yards. Florida’s weakness was an inexperienced offensive line and UK took advantage of that with Melvin Lewis, CJ Johnson, Regie Meant, and Huguennin’s consistency. CJ Johnson potentially played his best game as a Wildcat. At times, he was unblockable in passing situations and presented consistent penetration into the UF backfield. Result was six tackles and assists on a sack as well as tackle for loss. His return from suspension has boosted the three-technique defensive tackle position.

— JD Harmon came up with yet another momentum changing interception. The veteran has stepped up to the challenge. Fellow upperclassman Cody Quinn also performed well. From doubted to consistent. Competition works wonders.

— Linebackers Khalid Henderson and Josh Forrest enforced middle of the field pass defense, timely blitzed, and made on the line of scrimmage tackles. Florida totaled 245 total yards. Much of the defensive success can be credited to Khalid Henderson’s remarkable improvement while filling in for the injured Ryan Flannigan. Josh Forrest has remained the steady leader with weekly improvement. The pair had eight and nine tackles respectfully.

— Other than missed sack opportunities against quarterback Will Grier, UK efficiently tackled. This especially applied during open field scenarios.

— Nickel Blake McClain was active and close to a pick-six. His impact from that position boosts UK’s multiplicity. Marcus McWilson led the secondary with seven tackles. Much like the three-technique defensive tackle position, strong safety and especially McWilson has developed into a defensive positive.

— Overall, the defense played more than good enough to win the football game. It did make errors, but nothing blatant or game changing. It limited Gator explosion plays. Holding Florida to one sustained touchdown drive while surrendering a TD due to shorten field turnover has to be considered a success. Eliot’s bend but not break approach also held Florida to zero second half points. UK defense lacks star power, but is collectively efficient.


— Kicker Austin MacGinnis was the team’s leading scorer. Austin MacGinnis was the team’s only scorer. The All-SEC performer has recovered from his opening night miscues.

— CJ Johnson blocked a Florida field goal attempt.

— Landon Foster’s punts have put the coverage teams in difficult situations. More hang-time and distance required.

What does all this mean?

In a frustrating night, there were positives. Kentucky’s defense played lights out football and well enough to win. The unit’s continued improvement is potentially the season’s most significant development. Boom Williams has solidified himself as a game-changing running back and one of the SEC’s best. Austin MacGinnis’ consistency has returned. UK was a series away from ending the streak. There are no such things as moral victories but program growth was evident. However, the Cats haven’t played a complete game as of yet. Inconsistent halves and six quarters without a touchdown are central concerns.

What’s next?

The Missouri Tigers. Mizzou comes to Commonwealth Stadium undefeated, ranked, and sporting the SEC’s top defense. Kentucky has another chance, an opportunity to win a conference game and finish September at 3-1. All eyes will be on the Wildcat offense. Following its Florida performance, improvement is mandatory. Schedule timing isn’t cooperating with Mizzou’s defense being one of the nation’s best. Maty Mauk is still the Tiger quarterback. Its offense has struggled. But in the end, there’s a chance.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

71 Comments for The Eye in the Sky Don’t Lie: Kentucky vs. Florida

  1. 8 god
    10:20 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    How were we underdogs against an unranked, struggling Florida team, only to be favored over a ranked Missouri team?

    • railbird
      11:56 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Because Mizzou’s terrible showing against Conn.

    • @BallBlog_Chad
      1:24 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      vegas doesn’t get to vote in the polls … if they would give us a top 25 each week based on who would win at a neutral site, that would be pretty awesome

  2. fatbrat
    10:32 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Dawson said after the game that we were in “max pro” several times during the game, but we were unable to slow the Florida rush. His idea of maximum protection does not involve a tight end, mine requires two!

    • intheshadow
      11:03 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      I am no longer sure that these coaches are capable of ‘getting the job done’. There are far too many ‘coaching mistakes’ and ‘questionable decisions’ STILL being made, in every game, last year and this year.

  3. Pitinohater
    10:36 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    If you go back to last year, Towles has had 9 straight mediocre to bad games. He shouldn’t be benched, but Barker needs to get some snaps. Maybe play a quarter or a couple of series to see what he can do.

    • UKdude
      11:38 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      It happens all the time throughout the country (and especially against Kentucky) where a quarterback is either having an awful game or gets injured, and then the backup comes in and changes the game. Halfway through the third quarter, I seriously hoped that Stoops and Co. would consider putting Barker in the game. Hopefully, they do if Towles struggles this week as well. We shall see.

    • On to the Next
      5:14 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Yep, it happens to us all the time. Opposing coach changes QB’s and we get lit up by a career game from someone we had never heard of.

  4. As always
    10:37 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    As always, the best review of UK football on the internet.

    Aside from Maggard, KSR has an obvious credibility problem with all of its kid writers. Perhaps Matt doesn’t see a need to care about quality, but he should. Maggard’s work shows why.

    • GuyInTheCorner
      10:57 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      My favorite part of Maggard’s post are watching people in the comments lick his nuts.

    • Old Coach John
      10:58 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      He sure wrote a whole bunch of words just to say …we got beat.

    • Edward
      11:13 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      AS ALWAYS, very well said. The quality of their prose alone is a constant reminder of what you say.

    • BlueBloodtoo
      11:17 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Regarding the writers on the site, I’m not that upset about the quality of the articles. The thing that is most likely to make me visit the site less frequently is the horrid formatting issues and usability problems like the page randomly jumping back to the top while scrolling or constantly crashing my web browser while in the background. Those are just getting ridiculous.

    • Dude
      12:48 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      BlueBlood, thats a problem on YOUR end, because nothing you have stated has EVER happened to me. I have Windows 10 and view on Google Chrome.

    • inside info2
      1:21 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Blueblood and Dude — that is not a problem just for Blueblood. At work I use Chrome and at home I use Windows 10 and either Edge or Firefox. All three have issues. And it has been getting worse.

    • @BallBlog_Chad
      1:28 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      KSR is always going to have college kids writing on here, but over the past year Matt has been bringing on people he pays (especially on the football side) and it’s been awesome … articles and podcasts by ex-QBs … I’ve really enjoyed it

    • android guy
      2:06 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Mrs. Tyler has been turning out some fine pieces recently as well.

  5. DACats86
    10:48 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Nice analysis, Freddie. Factual and accurate.

    If you want to see something interesting, go back and look at Towles’ play before the meaningless pick 6 against Vandy just before halftime in last year’s game, and his play since. For whatever reason, that play completely shook his confidence.

    • T White
      1:29 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Wasn’t the Miss St. game after the Vandy game last year? The State game was the best game of his career.

  6. Lola Blue
    11:01 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Maggard provides the most balanced and knowledgeable analysis on Kentucky football, and this one is spot on. Hope the staff is able to correct some of our offensive gaps before Saturday and that CWS fan support remains strong. Go Cats!

    • GuyInTheCorner
      11:02 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Another one licks the nuts

    • Jennifer Anniston's car seat
      11:29 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      I think GuyInTheCorner wants a little nut licking for himself

    • Blue_Cat75
      11:44 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Aww, GuyInTheCorner’s jealous.

    • railbird
      12:00 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      GuyInTheCorner needs to be “outed.”

  7. BlueBloodtoo
    11:10 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    One thing that seems to be missed here is that even with all of these problems and mistakes, we still managed to be in the game until the horn sounded. Win or lose, this team is MUCH better than last year and still has a lot of improvement to make over the year. I’m going to say Stoops is on track to do very good things at UK.

    • inside info2
      1:24 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      I think that shows just how bad Florida is as much as it shows how we have improved. Although I think Florida will probably improve faster than we will. I doubt we have this chance again for a few more years.

  8. android guy
    11:14 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie brought out one point that is often overlooked in analyzing the Florida game. Florida has a weak offense but a very good defense, including probably the best secondary we’ll face all season. Against that quality of defense, you have to cash in on every opportunity. That dropped Baker TD was the game, essentially.

    • John
      11:38 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

      ECU dropped 350 yards passing on the defense, in the swamp. My point is, that defense isn’t as good as the smoke blowers claim. Heck,New Mexico State put up better stats offensively than us, again… At the swamp.

    • fatbrat
      12:12 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      It just goes to show you how much experienced coaching matters. Doug Martin is a very experienced head coach along with being a very good OC. His talent level is low but he makes up with excellent schemes. NMSU will move off the bottom.

    • Towles' Man Bun
      12:33 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Not only did ECU drop 350 yards passing on Florida’s defense, but then ECU turns around and gets absolutely crushed by Navy. Not taking anything away from the service academies, but UK should be better than them and they’re not even close.

    • Jimbob Bautista
      12:43 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Interference should have been called on Baker’s drop. Watch the replay…the guy had his left arm until the last second. Baker had rough game, but the ref should be blamed on that play.

    • J-Dub421
      1:06 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Florida’s defense wasn’t at full strength in either of their first two games. No Vernon Hargreves, no Neal. We go the full strength version.

  9. JN83
    11:16 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Why not mention another thing UK has GOT to get under control… PENALTIES. While no team is perfect in this regard, UK has yet to shake their notorious habit of shooting themselves in the foot with stupid penalties, costing opportunities and reversing huge plays for extra penalty yardage, thus losing if not completely killing momentum. We got away big time with the late hit against Grier in the 4th Q that refs will flag 9.9/10 times (not that we actually capitalized on our fortune there anyway, but still).

  10. Rmartin
    11:30 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Great piece! Freddie Maggard’s analysis is and has been the best I’ve read yet on UK football. Keep up the good work!

  11. Poppschmidty
    11:31 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    I’m in fully agree that we should get Barker a series or 2 the next few games, I don’t know if Missouri is going to be the best for his first outing, but we can see what the kid can do against a solid defense. Regardless, I’m going with the Cats….just like I do every week.

    Go Cats!

    (and I like the childish posts…it’s a blog, lets have some fun)

  12. Pete
    11:39 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie… I noticed Ryan Timmon’s signaled fair catch almost immediately after Florida’s punter kicked the football. Sometimes with a chance to return. Do you think he was instructed to do this? Or is Ryan just hesitant to get hit?

  13. Grammar matters
    11:44 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Writing in the passive voice must be avoided.

  14. RICK
    11:48 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Grammardoesnotmatter. Hell it’s foolsball.

  15. Eric Redmon
    11:54 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    What is up with them not letting Timmons take off with the ball!!!! Is he calling it every time or the coaches? Ryan is very explosive with the ball and had more yrds than any receiver last yr!

    • android guy
      2:10 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Probably just from the height of the punt and the speed of the coverage, there was no room for a real return. Why risk getting clocked and a fumble for one or two yards at best?

  16. WC
    12:00 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    The latest stats show Towels next to last in SEC in Completion percentage at 52(m m last 1 percentage point below Towels) and where is Missouri weak point QB! I’m sure they feel the same about us! Towels has had enough time to prove himself starting 15 games! Last 9 games 2-7!! PULL THE TRIGGER DAWSON let’s not waist anymore time! One game under fire(Missouri and one breather Eastern) would be good test and then battle it out again if need to over open week! OR let Towels run more!!

  17. Andy
    12:03 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Jordan Swindle can’t protect his qb and defenders have their way with him. To coach Dawson use 2 tight ends when your Oline can’t handle the pass rush to give Towles a little more time.

  18. Catdaddy78
    12:16 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    It will come down to one thing sat. WILL THE O-LINE PROTECT THE QB? ITS ON THEM AND THE COACH’S. We will see sat.

  19. Elmer and Mildred Skaggs
    12:20 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    We have been coming to games since 1948. I forgot what I was going to say

    • DerbyDemon
      1:25 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      That is just TOO funny! I’ll probably laugh at that comment for the rest of the day. Thanks!

    • MustangCat
      2:01 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink


  20. MustangCat
    12:27 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Guyinthecorner – don’t you mean “guyinhisownrefuse”? Small mind there dude! That’s all your proving. Shallow, low class, pea brain. If that’s the image you want to project of yourself? Hey, knock yourself out. And I’m sure you will. Everyone, brace yourself. For the vomit about to spew from our resident rodent. Cause that’s probably all he’s capable of. Go ahead dude, show out! Prove us wrong?! You know you can’t….. On to better things now, wasted enough time with cousin it.
    Freddie, enjoy reading your stuff. Always look for it! You never disappoint.
    Question: what did you see about Towles scramble? You know, his 30+ harder late in the game. Why would he cut inside and run right to the defender when he had THREE blockers with him, and open field??? Walk in touchdown, and basically runs over, away from protection, and lays down and asks to be tackled???? Watched that several times. Bizarre play. Would have won the game. I can’t see what he saw? Made no sense??

    • Towles' Man Bun
      12:42 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      I saw this, too, but dismissed it as me not being able to see the field or something. I didn’t see that it was a guaranteed TD, but did notice that if he had followed his blockers he had another 10-15 yds to get, easily…

    • MustangCat
      1:58 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      I didn’t see anyone out in front?? The one guy the looked like the only guy that had any shot at him, was coming from across the middle of the field. Not from upfield. Towles cut back and ran right to him? Looked like he thought about going INSIDE of the guy at the last second. Easy tackle. It baffled me.

    • On to the Next
      5:08 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      This has been bugging me too. Not sure if he would have gone the distance and we’ll never know, but I’m still befuddled as to why you would abandon the 3 blockers (who appeared to have only a couple of Gators to block) and run straight at the one Gator who was unblocked?

  21. Kyle Halloway
    12:31 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    I haven’t been able to look back yet at Baker’s dropped ball in the endzone, but I’m pretty sure I saw his left hand unavailable at the instant the ball hit his body. I wouldn’t say it was holding on the defense, both players are always “swimming” with their arms, trying to the their hands in position to make the play. Baker’s hand was still coming back into his body when the ball dropped into his bread basket. He still had the opportunity to make the catch with his body and right hand, and once his left hand reached it’s destination he still may have caught it, but the ball had already bounced enough off his body that his left hand was just barely out of position to easily make the catch. You can say, no excuses, be ready and make the catch. However, I believe it was more or less a one and a half-handed catch and I haven’t heard that from anyone yet. I’ll try to look again at my recording tonight (if I remember), but did anyone else see that….? Just a possible explanation on that one… doesn’t matter though, we lost, and we have had other drops too.

    • Jimbob Bautista
      12:47 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      ^^^^^^^^^^THIS IS EXACTLY CORRECT^^^^^^^^^^
      Pass interference should have been called

  22. Tom
    1:01 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Good article.
    One of the few on here that is ‘rah rah’.
    I agree with the post that pointed out we are trying to compete in the SEC with a coaching staff put together with little coaching experience. Who ever thought that picking up an offensive coordinator from a team where the head coach called the plays and basically had no experience for the last three years shows we’re grasping at straws.
    Until someone gets serious about Kentucky COMPETING in the SEC and not just filling time and space until basketball starts, its always going to be one excuse after another.

    • DerbyDemon
      1:26 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      I was not aware that Shannon Dawson did NOT call the plays at WVU. I think we’ may be in for a long season.

    • Yeah...
      2:08 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Weird…. where was Tom when we were 2-0?

      You make a good point. How stupid must WVU be to pay a guy $500k a year, give him the title of Offensive Coordinator, and not let him do ANYTHING? Crazy. I doubt he learned anything while he was there, either. /s

      “Dawson spent four seasons at WVU, including the last three as offensive coordinator. A year ago, West Virginia ranked 12th in the nation in total offense, averaging 499.8 yards per game, and was ninth nationally in passing offense with 317 yards per contest. The Mountaineers tallied 33.5 points per game and set a school record by scoring at least 30 points in eight consecutive games.”

      Dana Holgorsen was the OC, before being named HC, and brought Shannon Dawson in. I’m guessing that guy knows a good Offensive Coordinator when he sees one.

      YOU are grasping at straws, Tom. Your argument is invalid.

    • Yeah...
      2:09 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Oh, your Tards are 0-3…. 😉

  23. Bluegrass Jimmy
    1:14 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Its time to get Barker in the game! Towles played the same last year after we got into games we needed to make the step forward! It’s time to give Barker a shot! He is a more accurate passer and if needed he can run for yards instead of eating the ball for losses!!!

  24. Leave the kid alone
    1:21 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Every week is the biggest week for Patrick Towles. The kid has worked his tail off for 4 years to get on to the field and then to stay on to the field. I wish he had played somewhere else. This story after story of putting the kid under the microscope, and week after week, year after year of a coaching not sure who they will pick at QB, and the coaches stating that at every daily press conference… would any kid not be stressed out and under pressure under the way UK football coaches handle choosing a QB and the press salivating to get each morsel of scoop.

    Leave Towles alone. Give him the dang ball. If the coaches and the press just let him do his thing, big things will happen.

    Do you not think for one moment that Towles knows this is an important week, so was last week, so was the week before, and so was the week he came on campus.

    • From the Fort
      1:46 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      It’s hard to read years of this nonsense. Talk from Smittys barber shop is there’s a broadcaster from the Fort that told his boys to be cautious when picking their colleges. His son chose wisely, many others didn’t listen and unwisely wound up in Lexington.

      UKs offensive line can’t block and the receivers can’t catch. It’s UK football. Turn back time and several from the Fort would have chosen more wisely, no doubt.

    • Lamar Jackson
      2:47 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      0-3, Fort Fucc Boi

    • Yoda
      3:45 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      The coaches and press have been letting him “do his thing” for the past 9 games, and we are 2-7 in that stretch with Towles’ % under 50%, with more INT’s than TD’s. We keep rolling out the same thing expecting different results. Insanity, indeed.

  25. Dano
    1:31 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    iF THE Gators d line is so awesome, explain how ECU was able to throw for 333 yds and 3 TDs?

    Maybe our O Line, for the second straight year, is abysmal, and Towels is shell shocked from taking a beating week after week.

  26. T White
    1:37 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Last year Towles had his best games when he was running the ball well. It opens up the entire field when the line has to worry about the Zone Read as well as Boom/Kemp/Horton and the passing game. Right now, I feel like opposing D-Lines are just pinning their ears. A zone read every now in then might slow that down. Also keeps the linebackers eyes more on the QB and less on everybody else. I’m no expert, but I think Towles is more effective as a dual threat. More confident as well.

    • On to the Next
      5:02 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      If they turn Towles loose on his feet, they had darn sure better get a backup QB ready. I would prefer that they find out what they have in Drew before they let Towles do a whole lot of running.
      But, I agree that it changes everything when the QB is a threat to run. Especially a reasonably nimble 6′ 5″ 240 pound QB.

  27. MustangCat
    1:52 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    To me, if a d-lineman is smaller and quicker, but your stronger and bigger, yet slower, you want to lock up with him ASAP. You don’t want to play guys like that in space. You want to use your strengths, neutralize theirs. Learned that in 9th grade…. One would not have graded out well in the smarts dept.
    Towles is playing bigboy football. Sentiment won’t win games. Coaches basically said the two were running dead heat in camp. Towles has had an extended tryout. Stoops cannot afford to let this season get away from him. We don’t need another decommittmentfest! You need to look at all the factors, and I know one thing by now! Maggard know his stuff!! If Freddie is saying Barker needs some PT, he is saying that for good reason. Towles has “potential”, which after a while is like saying that blind date has a great personality…..

    2:32 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Thanks for the insight….love your analysis….keep up the good work Freddie!

  29. UK Football will never be "good"
    7:58 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    How in the world is the first line of this “great piece” about Louisville losing. Nothing shows UKs inferiority complex about football worse than talking trash about another school instead of focusing on their own shortcomings.

    Louisville is 0-3, yet they are still ranked higher in the sagarin ratings and will absolutely beat UK in november. LOL at all you fans who will soon be pining for basketball season. UK football has always and will always be a complete JOKE

    • Jaws2
      8:32 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      0-3 fucc boi. 4 game losing streak. You are scared.

      FYI: we have a better bowl record and overall winning percentage than UofL, and you all spent 107 years playing in division 2, now defunct conferences.

      Shut your mouth.

    • Hey!
      8:39 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      Raise your hand if your program has won a National Championship.
      Ah! Not so fast, troll….. 😉

    • Captain Obvious
      8:40 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      “How in the world is the first line of this “great piece” about Louisville losing.”

      Because it’s hilarious.

    • Captain Obvious
      8:41 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      You f****ing lost to Houston. Shut up.