Good Sunday morning BBN, these are your morning quickies. Saturday was the day of Kentucky's first scrimmage. The scrimmage had some great things, such as Drew Barker's leadership, high production from the receivers, and an impressive showing from the running backs. Unfortunately, the scrimmage also brought to light some defensive depth concerns, tackling miscues and bad kicking.
Starting with the good, it's becoming clearer and clearer every day that Barker was meant for this starting quarterback role. The coaches raved about his leadership following the game, as they have been doing since camp started. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said Barker did a great job converting drives, and put together some very long possessions.
As for the receivers, they looked much improved in comparison to themselves last season. According to Gran, neither Ryan Timmons nor Dorian Baker had drops on important plays. Both of them had catching troubles at times last season, so it'll be great if they can continue to hold onto the ball.
As for the running backs, it's business as usual with them. Boom Williams didn't play in the scrimmage as a precautionary measure, but this backfield will be led by him and JoJo Kemp, and we know what they're capable of. As for the scrimmage specifically, Gran was very impressed with freshman Benny Snell.
Unfortunately while there were positives, we also saw some room for improvement. The depth on the defensive side of the ball isn't great this year, especially after the loss of Regie Meant. On top of that, the defensive unit struggled to bring guys down, as even Courtney Love noted their tackling miscues. Lastly, Austin MacGinnis struggled a little today, as according to KSR he missed a few of his "seven or eight" kicks in game situations.
All-in-all, it's good that there are positives coming out of the scrimmage and there appears to be growth from last season. Hopefully there's enough time to sure up the defensive side and improve MacGinnis' accuracy.
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