Good morning Big Blue Nation! If you’re like me, you’re probably moving a little slow this morning after a crushing defeat last night, as the Wildcats fell to Texas A&M in overtime in College Station last night.
The Wildcats put forth their worst offensive performance of the season last night, but due to the defense and punting (shoutout to Max Duffy), the Wildcats had a chance to win in overtime, but couldn’t come away with the W.
Let’s be real for a minute. Every facet of the offense struggled. Kentucky’s offensive line struggled to create running lanes for Benny Snell, the wide receivers struggled to break free from coverage, and Terry Wilson seemed hesitant and could never get into any kind of rhythm throwing or running the ball.
While every area of the offense struggled last night, a lot of the problems have fallen on the shoulders of Wilson. His struggles were evident, and according to Mark Stoops, the coaching staff considered taking him out and (presumably) inserting Gunnar Hoak into the game.
Mark Stoops tells Tom Leach on UK Radio post-game show that Kentucky brain trust 'briefly discussed' changing quarterbacks but decided to stick with Terry Wilson— Mark Story (@markcstory) October 7, 2018
Ultimately, Stoops and Co. decided to stick with Wilson and he could never really get going.
But I’m also not certain throwing Hoak into the game necessarily changes the outcome. At Kyle Field at night with a top-15 SEC team in the house in a close game, that’s a really difficult environment to throw Hoak into.
As for me, I still believe Wilson is the guy for this team. The coaches need to figure out and address why he looked so hesitant and indecisive last night, but Wilson has the ability to turn negative plays into positive with his legs, though that wasn’t on display last night.
Maybe it was a confidence thing, maybe he was just rattled by the environment. Who knows? Luckily, Kentucky has two weeks before they host Vandy to deal with those issues.
However, Stoops’s comments seem to indicate that if Wilson struggles in the same fashion the next game, they could opt to switch quarterbacks and give Hoak the chance to show what he can do.
This will certainly be a point of contention among the fan base over the next two weeks.
Tweets of the Day
I’ve had better sports nights.— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerKSR) October 7, 2018
All of BBN: “Same.”
In hindsight we should’ve handed it to No. 26, Gran said.— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) October 7, 2018
Well, there is something to be said for owning up to your mistake.
You heard the Tim Tebow promise. Now you have the Kash Daniel promise. pic.twitter.com/s9bdCCnGlT— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) October 7, 2018
I’m here for the Kash Daniel promise.
Eddie Gran explains 3rd and 2 playcall - Kentucky Sports Radio
Gran’s reasoning is understandable, but given how the passing game had fared to that point... it’s hard to justify.
Five takeaways from Kentucky’s loss to Texas A&M - Courier Journal
The loss stings, but the season is far from over.
Reasons to chill, reasons to worry - Herald Leader
Kentucky’s veteran leadership is one reason to not get too worried about the rest of the season.
Kentucky has question marks moving forward- Sports Illustrated
Can Kentucky win games with their passing attack? That’s one of several questions the Wildcats will have to answer.
An early look at UK-Vandy in two weeks - Herald Leader
The Cats of course have a bye week next week before taking on Vanderbilt, who fell 41-13 to Georgia last night.
Takeaways from top 25 teams - ESPN
Both Florida and Mississippi State picked up big time conference wins last night.
Alabama beat Arkansas 65-31 but Nick Saban wasn’t pleased with his defense - ESPN
That’s just Saban for you.
Winners and losers from Week 6 - Bleacher Report
Winners: Tua Tagovailoa, Underdog Tom Herman. Losers: Auburn’s offense, Florida State
Your guide to picking tomorrow’s winners.
You have to listen to this UFC fighter’s post-fight interview - Yahoo Sports
Derrick Lewis seems like a really funny dude with a mean right hook.