When the AP unveiled their Top 25 preseason college football poll last week, Vince Marrow wasn’t too happy. Kentucky’s associate head coach Tweeted, “This is a joke,” once he saw Kentucky was unranked. After watching the Wildcats scrimmage Saturday, he doubled down on that statement.
“We don’t pay attention, but it does get your attention. I can see four or five years ago when we started winning and going to bowl games (not being ranked),” Marrow said Monday morning on Kentucky Roll Call.
“Even the year we went 10-3, I think we finally ended up in the poll at nine or ten, but they picked us to win four games that year. That shows you how those idiots don’t know what they’re talking about. The main thing is, this is the first time where we have a team that is pretty damn good. We did what we did with a receiver playing quarterback (last year) and then you get damn near 15 starters back. People don’t even count that Terry’s coming back, Phil Hoskins is coming back, Davonte Robinson’s coming back — those are three impact players that were part of our 2018 team. This may be the year, and even with ten SEC games, we still feel we should be ranked. I’m looking at some of these schools that are ranked above us, I mean, if we played a lot of these schools — come on man. It’s a joke.”
The ten-game, SEC-only schedule is a daunting task for any team. A few years ago it could have been a death sentence for the program. This year the players are embracing the challenge.
“Bring it on. They wanna go. They want to play. They’re very excited about this season. We’re equipped to play a 10-game season in the SEC. We got depth at every position and it’s real good depth. Not just depth, but it’s good depth. We’re excited and I think Coach Stoops said it, ten games, I don’t care if it’s 14 games in the SEC, we’re ready to play and I think our guys are excited about this,” said Marrow.
Marrow is also excited about the early play from some of the recruits he just helped bring to campus.
“I tell you, (running back) JuTahn (McClain), Coach Gran really looks him. He’s more mature and he’s a very smart football player. He played real good Saturday. Donut’s having a real good camp. Coach Bo (UK’s new wide receivers coach) is really bringing him along. He’s a smart kid. People don’t realize, I want to say he got a 1580 on the SAT. He’s a real smart kid and he’s really, really contributing. Earnest (Sanders) had a big catch in the scrimmage from Beau (Allen). Young guys are really playing well. I’ll tell you another young guy playing well is Vito Tisdale. He’s playing good, Ox — this class, a lot of them guys that everybody talked about, them guys are really starting to show up.”
We call him Donut, but for the time being Marrow is only referring to him as Michael Drennen. “He ain’t called Donut until he makes a play in an actual game.”
It’s only a matter of time before that happens.
In the 15-minute conversation, Marrow talked extensively about what he likes from the passing game and the Wildcats’ recent success on the recruiting trail inside of the state of Kentucky. You can hear the entire interview here or by subscribing to the Kentucky Roll Call podcast on iTunes.