USA Today’s Paul Myerberg is counting down each of the 128 Division I football teams this summer, and sadly, he’s already at the Cats. Myerberg ranks Kentucky the 104th best team in the country, but says they’re recruiting at such a level that they won’t be there for much longer. He stresses that for Kentucky to improve, that young talent will have to step up immediately, particularly at wide receiver. Tell us something we don’t know, right?
However, Myerberg writes that one position at which the Cats shine is running back:
At one position, at least, this team is up to snuff in the SEC: Kentucky can go at least four and perhaps five deep at running back, a position led by sophomore Jojo Kemp (482 yards) but brimming with challengers for the starting job. One player to watch in particular: Braylon Heard comes via Nebraska, where he lost the starting job to Ameer Abdullah, and is easily the most gifted back on the roster — and as such should be earning starter’s touches by no later than midseason, in my estimation. In addition, UK returns Josh Clemons from injury, brings in Pittsburgh transfer Demitrious Davis and has a pair of true freshmen, Mikel Horton and Stanley Williams, with four-star billing. This is a very, very good group.
One game to watch for the Cats? Florida. At Florida. Really. Myerberg writes that with four winnable games on the schedule (Tennessee-Martin, Ohio, Vanderbilt and Louisiana-Monroe), a win over the Gators at home could boost momentum heading into the conference schedule and possibly give the Cats a chance at a postseason.
Myerberg warns that UK has a long, hard road ahead of it, but they’re making the right moves so far:
In total, foundational pieces have been added at nearly every position. But UK’s best draw is the process itself: Stoops and this staff have changed the program’s course of direction. The Wildcats are making noise off the field. Next, the program needs to translate this success to between the white lines. Good days are ahead. But this team is not quite ready to move out of the cellar in the East Division.
The profile is ridiculously in-depth, so please go check it out over at USA Today.