-First things first. How fun was that offense? After last weekend, I don’t think many of us knew what to expect from this game. The offense came out blazing (and pretty much stayed that way outside of a lame third quarter) and gave the 54,846 fans in attendance something to get excited about. The staff utilized the two quarterback system as efficiently as we could have hoped and we got a taste of just how entertaining this Air Raid offense can be.
-Speaking of the quarterbacks, it seems to me that there continues to be very little separation between the two. Maxwell Smith did some good things, hitting on a few deep balls, but he also missed a handful of passes that we need him to make. The offense generally moved the ball with him in the game, but there were times when our attacks stalled. The book on Jalen Whitlow was the same today as it always has been. The guy is a big play threat with his legs. He brings an element to the position that Maxwell Smith does not with his athleticism. With that being said, this is an Air Raid offense and, in my opinion, Jalen Whitlow’s throwing ability is too suspect to be a full-time field general in this league. Looking at the situation from today’s perspective, the two complemented each other nicely. If that continues to be the case, I see no problem with playing them both.
–Shout out to them freshmen. The young guys came through in a big way today, showcasing the type of talent that Stoops appears to be stockpiling in Lexington. Although I could go on and on about a handful of the newcomers–Blue, Kemp, Borden, etc.–Ryan Timmons has the look of the type of player that only comes around every few years. Timmons play making ability had me standing up nearly every time he touched the ball. When I think about having Timmons for hopefully the next 3-4 years, I get goosebumps. I think he could have a Randall Cobb type of impact before his days here are done.
-I don’t care if Miles Simpson got credit for it or not, the flying tackle that he appeared to make towards the end of the game was awesome.
-I won’t be too much of a Negative Nancy on this point because I think that when last weekend’s performance is taken into account, the crowd today really wasn’t all that bad today–at least when the game began. I do, however, think that it’s worth pointing out that it was a beautiful day in Lexington, the Cats were winning in what could be the last time that happens for a while, the game was high scoring and exciting, and Commonwealth was nearly empty by the time the fourth quarter began. Why leave early? Specifically the student section was deserted long before the final seconds ticked off. I don’t know what to say to get you to stay for the entirety of the game that Kentucky is winning, but will you please?
–I saw Derek Kief at the game. Perhaps he was just hanging out and taking in a football game with a few friends from Ohio, but I guarantee the recruits that were in attendance were in Kief’s ear. What’s more is that it’s very unlikely he left Lexington without having a nice chat with the staff. We flipped Hatcher from USC–who says we can’t flip Kief from Alabama? Nick Saban? Never heard of him.