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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Defensive Playcalling Breakdown (UL-Lafayette)

Mark Zerof | USA Today
Mark Zerof | USA Today

Yesterday, hopefully saw the playcalling breakdown from the LA-Lafayette game for the UK offense.  So positives certainly but also some areas that need severe improvement.  I think when it comes the defense, there is less positive and more negative from Game #1.  With that said, it wasn’t all bad.  UK had success in stopping the pass in key situations.  They didn’t allow UL-L too many big yardage plays.

Below is the breakdown of how the UK defense fared in each situation, along with a breakdown of what to focus on.  These posts will generally be on Tuesday mornings for the rest of the season.

Run: 20 rushes for 85 yards (4.3 ypc)
Pass: 11-13, 119 yards, 1 sack for -1 yard

RECAP: UL-L did much of the opposite that UK did.  While they didn’t hit a lot of big yardage plays on 1st down, they consistently got 4-7 yards on this play.  This gave them very manageable 2nd down situations.  For UK, the rushing numbers are not terrible, but the fact UL-L was so successful in the passing game was worrisome.  Obviously UK got very little pressure on the QB.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 5 rushes for 16 yards (3.2 ypc)
Pass: 8-10, 54 yards

RECAP: Much like 1st down, UK’s inability to get any kind of pressure on the QB, especially in a pass-first situation, allowed Lafayette to throw for a very high percentage and get decent yardage.  UK did defend the run well in this scenario though.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 11 rushes for 110 yards (10.0 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 1-4, 4 yards

RECAP: UK allowed 2 long TD runs in this scenario so obviously not great there.  Defended the pass well, especially on the final drive of the game.  Remember also that UK ran ZERO plays in 2nd and short situations in this game, while Lafayette ran 15.  All UK did better was big plays but the overall offensive performance might have gone to UL-L.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: None
Pass: 3-6, 30 yards, 1 sack for -8 yards (converted 1 of 7)

RECAP: Really not a whole bunch of plays here because UL-L was consistently getting themselves into 3rd and short situations.  With that said, the Rajun Cajuns converted just 1 of 7 3rd and long plays, so that is great for the UK defense.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 7 rushes for 41 yards, 2 TD (converted 7 of 7)
Pass: 1-5, 1 INT (converted 0 of 5)

RECAP: Those running stats really do not bode well for UK’s ability to make necessary stops.  When UL-Lafayette ran the ball on 3rd and short, they converted all 7 times.  That might be the stat I take away most from this game on the defensive side for UK.  Can they stop a team for running for 1-5 yards when they need it the most?  After 1 game, it doesn’t appear so.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

8 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Defensive Playcalling Breakdown (UL-Lafayette)

  1. FernCreekCat
    8:39 am September 9, 2015 Permalink

    Numbers do NOT lie. 2 years after hiring the best defensive minded head coach available, UK still cannot stop the run. In fact, they may not have improved their run defense at all.

    • EastEndCat
      10:42 am September 9, 2015 Permalink

      Agree. Mitch needs to make a homerun hire, like reeling in Bill Belichick or Pete Carroll. Make it happen, Mitch!

    • SinceStollField
      2:49 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

      I was shocked at how bad we were against the run in the opener. I really thought our run defense would be improved, but we gave up almost 250 yards on the ground and are last in the SEC in run defense and scoring defense. We have to improve in a hurry, as South Carolina has the third ranked rushing offense (254 yards) in the league. I still, however, believe Stoops and Eliot can get the job done. Go Cats!

  2. CalRipken
    11:04 am September 9, 2015 Permalink

    UK Football will never be relevant in KY

    • Wait, WHAT?!?!
      11:07 am September 9, 2015 Permalink


      Dude, if a tier-2 commuter school like Louisville can do it, so can UK.

  3. kyjohn
    11:06 am September 9, 2015 Permalink

    Stoops really needs to reevaluate his defensive coordinator and his strength and conditioning program.UK is consistently getting outplayed in both areas,and when you see a school like ULL do it you have to cringe when UK faces SEC competition.

  4. Reality Bites
    11:22 am September 9, 2015 Permalink

    The problem…as it has always been at UK. No D-line. We have no push. We certainly have space fillers, but they are so fat and slow (Elam looking at you), that the LB’s are not even able to get to the ball until RBs are 3-4 yds beyond the line of scrimmage. My guess is that the talent is still not there yet. Good teams have a solid 8-10 guys to field 2-3 spots on D-line. We basically have to hit a home run with the 2-3 SEC caliber guys coming out of high school and force them to play right away. Other big time teams have much better numbers and allow their beef to mature a bit before throwing them to the fire.

  5. SoLame
    1:01 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    We don’t need to hear your lame analysis, we’ve already heard from someone who knows what he is talking about–Freddie Maggard. Keep on trolling tard fans. Go Cats!