Apparently Big Blue Nation aren’t the only ones high on the Kentucky Wildcats football team this year.
According to Vince Marrow, via Kentucky Sports Radio, an NFL scout told him that the Cats have as much talent as Alabama and Ohio State.
“There have been a lot of pro scouts in here and they say we have just as much talent as Alabama and Ohio State, prospect wise.”
That’s an impressive statement, as the defending National Champion Crimson Tide are ranked No. 1 in the Preseason Top 25. The Buckeyes aren’t far behind at No. 5. The Cats while not in the AP Top 25, did receive one vote.
Now look, I’m not saying that Kentucky is not talented. In fact, from a talent standpoint, this may be Mark Stoops’ best team to date. With the return of seniors like Jordan Jones, Josh Allen, and Mike Edwards, Kentucky has more returning defensive talent than they probably ever had under Stoops.
Throw in running back Benny Snell Jr., tight end C.J. Conrad, and the returning Dorian Baker, and the Cats have some fellas that can flat out play football at the next level.
The problem is, talent doesn’t always translate into wins. No one has ever questioned Stoops’ ability to find talented players and bring them to Lexington. The problem has been the inability to get that talent to perform at the highest level, which in turn, should translate into success on the field.
Hopefully, this is the season that Stoops and his coaching staff puts it all together. If NFL scouts are saying the Cats are as talented as the top teams in the country, then it’s high time they start showing it. They’ll get their chance next Saturday. The Wildcats kickoff the 2019 season at home against Central Michigan on September 1st at Kroger Field.