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The UK Defense Kicked the Offense’s Ass in Spring Scrimmage


For the first time this Spring, the Kentucky football team held a full scrimmage at Kroger Field.

“It was a really good first scrimmage,” Mark Stoops said.  “Defensively, we have some guys that have played for a long time.  I’d say the defense is ahead right now and really had a solid day, as it should be.”

Kentucky’s head coach was happy he did not see many missed tackles or big plays.  “Offensively, we have a ways to go, but I’m confident we’ll get there.”  Stoops gave a ton of credit to the defensive line.  One defensive tackle, Adrian Middleton, was asked what he thought about the D-Line’s play today:

Middleton could not say that very often last year.  In practice, UK’s offensive line consistently won the battle in the trenches.  That transferred over into games.  The weakest link in Kentucky’s defense, the three-down linemen only accounted for six of UK’s 30 sacks and 10.5 of the team’s 63 tackles for loss.  Challenged at the start of the spring season, the defensive line has responded, most notably Josh Paschal and Phil Hoskins.

“I feel like we’re much more stout than we’ve been.  Guys are pretty physical inside,” Stoops said.  “I felt like we’re stronger at the point of attack defensively.”

The defense had an advantage for a reason.  Coaches held Benny Snell out of the scrimmage to see more from A.J. Rose and Sihiem King.  It’s a lot harder to miss a tackle when you don’t have to take Snell to the ground.

Offensive inconsistency also falls on the quarterbacks.  Gunnar Hoak and Terry Wilson are splitting first team reps.  There have been highs and lows, but Stoops does not have any long-term concerns about their ability to lead the offense.  He wants to see the guys around them step up and make big plays.

The quarterbacks will be fine,” Stoops said.  “Everybody says it, but it’s true: they need players around them.  Offensively, you have to all be in sync and you have to have some guys that create big plays for you.”

While the thin offense searches for big plays, the defense is taking advantage of the opportunity.  Jordan Griffin scored a defensive touchdown, but at the end of the day, nothing pleased Stoops more than to see the defense win the battle in the trenches.

“Across the board we played pretty stout defensively, the line of scrimmage was pretty strong.  Kash is gaining a lot of confidence, I like the way he’s playing.  It’s his time, he feels very comfortable out there and I like the way he’s taking command.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for The UK Defense Kicked the Offense’s Ass in Spring Scrimmage

  1. Kevin the Bacon
    2:58 pm March 31, 2018 Permalink

    Best returning defense as an entire group I have ever seen us have since I have been watching UK football. Sure we’ve had better players at each position, but across the board it’s not even close.

    • kjd
      10:23 pm March 31, 2018 Permalink

      Best returning defense you’ve seen……we weren’t very good last year, so it doesn’t much at this point. We’ll see when we kick it off in a few months.
      Go Big Blue!

  2. BluKudzu
    2:58 pm March 31, 2018 Permalink

    Hoping it carries over to the season.

  3. Cmart0907
    3:11 pm March 31, 2018 Permalink

    We doubt it will carry over. Wide open receivers all across the field.

    4:04 pm March 31, 2018 Permalink

    Sounds good. But once it’s translating to the season against Florida, GA, and even Louisville, then you’ve convinced me we turned a corner defensively. 7-5 early prediction hoping for 8-4. Go Cats!

    4:26 pm March 31, 2018 Permalink

    Hopefully, the coaches will give us more info on how A.J. Rose and Sihiem King did today. If have a true backup to Benny along with a QB that can consistently make throws then this offense should be greatly improved over last year.

  6. StevieGotLoose
    8:29 am April 1, 2018 Permalink

    It is obvious the offense is struggling because the coaches are not naming names. I think touchdown terry is not living up to expectations and no one wants to say it. The coaches went all last season with an injured QB and a injured backup and now we have no game experience at QB. So now the offense is sruggling and it wasn’t that good last year. The defense was not great last year and they are dominating spring practice, doesn’t they much for the offense.

    • chardun20
      4:36 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      1 full scrimmage is 2 early to say someone isn’t living up to the hype.

  7. Alleykat16
    9:50 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    With players that’s not experienced there’s going to be a time were they struggle so right now not worried. Its going come around just how long is the question