Remember Derek Dooley? The guy that Matt Roark beat as UK’s quarterback. He’s entering his second season as Missouri’s offensive coordinator.
Unfortunately, Dooley calls Missouri’s offense from the booth, limiting our ability to discern whether or not he is wearing bright yellow pants to the game.
All joking aside, Dooley has done a bang-up calling Missouri’s offense. Kelly Bryant cited Dooley’s pro-style offense as the main reason why he chose to transfer to Missouri, giving him all the tools to be prepared to lead an NFL in 2020. In Dooley’s two seasons, the Tigers have ranked in the top five of the SEC in all four major offensive categories — scoring, passing, rushing and total offense.
One thing to keep in mind throughout tonight’s game: the common denominator in each of Missouri’s losses is their inability to consistently move the ball on the ground. Missouri is at its best when its offense is balanced. In each game they ran the ball more than 40 times, rushing for just 2.71 yards per carry vs. Wyoming and 3.8 vs. Vanderbilt. Larry Rountree is fifth in the SEC in rushing, but had just 29 yards last week.
If Kentucky can contain Missouri’s rushing attack, it will force Dooley out of his comfortable balanced attack in the middle of hazardous weather, right where Mark Stoops wants them.