Clearly, Kentucky’s game against EKU featured many frustrating plays. However, with 27 points allowed, some of the worst were on the defensive end.
In order to combat this problem, UK spent its bye week returning to the basics. The team used tackling dummies, worked on wrapping up, and placed an emphasis on finishing plays.
With multiple games against mobile quarterbacks on the horizon, Kentucky has been especially focused with how to get more sacks. Defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh reiterated the team’s commitments to fundamentals in discussing their strategy:
The biggest thing now is putting the quarterback down when we’ve gotten the opportunities. You’ve got to break down when you get to the quarterback,” Brumbaugh continued. “You can’t just lay out and try to go knock him out. You’ve got to break down, go to the up-field shoulder and just get him down
Currently, the Cats are last in the league in tackles for loss; so hopefully this emphasis on fundamentals will allow the team to limit the likes of Dak Prescott, Jeremy Johnson, and Josh Dobbs.