Kentucky enters this season with a ton of returning talent on offense and an intriguing situation at quarterback. Yesterday, we touched on how good it could be if everything goes right but now its time to assess what can happen if things go bad.
The Wildcats enter the season with plenty of talent at offensive line, running back, tight end, and wide receiver but there are legitimate questions about depth. Add that with another shaky quarterback situation and Kentucky may be just a injury or two away from the train going off of the tracks.
- Neither Terry Wilson or Gunnar Hoak can nail down the starting quarterback job as both struggle with accuracy. Decision making becomes a big issue as the quarterback spot becomes turnover prone. UK is forced to go to even more wildcat formation and other wrinkles to consistently move the football.
- Benny Snell gets off to a slow start similar to last season where he struggles to find running room. Unlike last season he is unable to shake out of it and for the first time in his career finishes with less than 1,000 yards in a season. Neither Sihiem King or A.J. Rose proves to be a legit secondary option while the true freshman are nowhere close to contributing at an SEC level.
- The drops rear their ugly head again for the UK passing game as both Dorian Baker and Tavin Richardson let the ghosts of their past haunt them. UK is consistently unable to get the ball to Lynn Bowden in space while opposing defenses double up on C.J. Conrad. None of the underclassmen receivers make any legitimate impact.
- The offensive line is unable to establish any type of rotation. UK has to shuffle around and start a ton of different combinations. As the starting line struggles to create a rhythm, UK’s run blocking struggles as the pass protection takes a step back.
- As a group, Kentucky offense takes a dip in points per game for the second consecutive season as they average under 25 points per game. The Wildcats struggle to establish the run while the passing game is very volatile.
With performances like this where every thing could go the wrong way, it’s very easy to see Kentucky finishing the season 4-8 with a brutal schedule that features potentially 10 bowl eligible teams.