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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: When Will UK Ever Contain a Dual-Threat QB?

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One of UK’s rare bright spot (not injuring Tebow, just sacking him) against dual threat QB’s

Kentucky has had a consistent inability to contain a dual threat quarterback.  I went back in the archives and discovered that Kentucky has played 13 opponents in the last 6 years with a true dual threat quarterback. Kentucky has gone 1-12 in those 13 games, with the only win over Eastern Kentucky.

In 6 of the 13 games, the quarterback ran for more than 50 yards.  In 3 of the 13 games, it was over 100 yards.  On the passing side of things, Kentucky has done a better job of limiting the yards, but not the touchdown passes.  In 7 of the 13 games, the quarterback threw for multiple touchdowns.

We will see if the UK defense under Mark Stoops will be able to fix this problem or not over the next few years.  If they do, I expect big steps forward for UK.  But if we see a continuation of the struggles UK has had against mobile QB’s, expect a real struggle and a potentially damaging momentum for the program in the years to come as the dual threat QB continues to dominate college football.

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2014
Dak Prescott (Mississippi State, L 45-31)
18-33, 216 yards, 1 TD
18 carries, 88 yards, 2 TD

Anthony Jennings (LSU, L 41-3)
7-14, 120 yards, 1 TD
7 carries, 40 yards

Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee, L 50-16)
19-27, 297 yards, 3 TD
10 carries, 48 yards, 1 TD

2013
Tyler Murphy (Florida, L 24-7)
15-18, 156 yards, 1 TD
7 carries, 36 yards, 1 TD

Dak Prescott (Mississippi State, L 28-22)
23-34, 268 yards, 2 TD
16 carries, 33 yards

Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee, L 27-14)
14-23, 199 yards, 2 TD
7 carries, 52 yards, 1 TD

2010
Jeremiah Masoli (Ole Miss, L 42-35)
9-17, 90 yards, 3 TD
9 carries, 43 yards, 1 TD

Cam Newton (Auburn, L 37-34)
13-21, 210 yards, 0 TD
28 carries, 198 yards, 4 TD

Chris Relf (Mississippi State, L 24-17)
7-16, 111 yards, 1 TD
16 carries, 79 yards, 1 TD

2009
Tim Tebow (Florida, L 41-7)
5-10, 103 yards, 2 TD
16 carries, 130 yards, 2 TD

TJ Pryor (Eastern Kentucky, W 34-12)
9-28, 137 yards, 0 TD
7 carries, 34 yards, 0 TD

2008
Tim Tebow (Florida, L 63-5)
11-15, 180 yards, 2 TD
9 carries, 48 yards, 2 TD

Chris Nickson (Vandebrilt, L 31-24)
15-27, 155 yards, 3 TD
20 carries, 145 yards, 0 TD

COMBINED
165-283, 2,242 yards, 21 TD
170 carries, 974 yards, 15 TD

Article written by Bryan the Intern

13 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: When Will UK Ever Contain a Dual-Threat QB?



  1. ukjaybrat
    8:22 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

    the mobile quarterback phenomenon is *still* not catching fire in the nfl because defenders are too quick. but in college, esp the SEC, it’s becoming more and more of a thing as the bigger stronger defenses can’t keep up with the quicker more agile quarterbacks. it’s going to be a thing for at least a few more years so if we can’t contain it, we’re going to have a hard time finding wins. Would it be a good idea to hire a linebackers coach who’s had success defending mobile quarterbacks ?



  2. Duuuuuude
    8:32 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

    I think in all fairness, if you go back in time over that same period, you would see that we have had trouble with pretty much any kind of quarterback. I think I would be interested to read about the kinds of quarterback whom we have had great success with.



    • CATandMONKEY
      8:44 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

      Truth.

      We should probably recruit ONLY linebackers next season. Bring in 4 Juco guys that are ready to destroy. Couldn’t hurt.



  3. Geo_Armstrong
    8:34 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

    I totally agree with the facts here in regards to UK’s inability to slow down running quarterbacks. However, I do think you should include this previous year’s UL game in for comparison. I know it doesn’t change the won loss record but the first half is a solid example of UK’s ability to slow a dual threat down. UK’s defensive game plan against the mobile Bonnafon probably would’ve equaled victory has he remained healthy for the entire game.



    • GatorCat
      8:41 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

      Bad news for this year is that the freshman has already taken over for Bonnafon who was totally beatable.



  4. Red headed Stepchild
    9:01 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

    KSR has apparently forgotten



    • post
      12:59 pm September 11, 2015 Permalink

      Dont group BTI with KSR as a whole. His consistently terrible articles speak to his wisdom. KSR has gone downhill significantly since I first started reading in 2008. But BTI has been the bottom of the barrel from then to now even with the addition of all the new writers.



  5. Mark
    9:18 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t know if I would lay the concern directly at the feet of a “Dual-Threat QB”, as much as I would at what historically appears to be UK’s systemic issue is stopping the run in general. The issue of a Dual-Threat QB only seems to compound the bigger issue in stopping the run



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:33 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

      Wrap-up tackling seems to be a skill that has evaded a large portion of our defense and special teams for at least the past 25 years.



  6. thast budda
    9:27 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

    Antwan Randle El killed us when he was at Indiana. Looked like a pack of disabled dogs chasing a rabbit. But their defense sucked worse than ours so we still beat them.



  7. jr
    9:38 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

    Agreed Bryan! I have been saying the same thing. If there isn’t a huge improvement, this weekend will suck, but against Tn. and their QB. We will get killed, just like last year. I just hope Towles starts playing better, so hopefully we can keep them off the field!



    • David E.
      1:14 pm September 11, 2015 Permalink

      And if USC scores 45 or more points on our defense tomorrow…..oh geezzz I sure hope not, but if they do, …ouch ouch ouch. Defense is no better (and maybe worse) than last year. We need a truck load of four leaf clovers…STAT! Good luck C-A-T-S.



  8. SinceStollField
    9:56 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

    I was hoping the switch to a 3-4 defense would help our run defense, especially against a dual-threat quarterback. This certainly didn’t happen in the opener. Lewis and Elam did, however, clog up the middle, so maybe that’s something to build on.