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Akeem Hayes voices frustration with role in Kentucky offense

Not great.

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats got their first win Saturday with a 24-2 romp of Mississippi St.

It was a game the Wildcats’ defense was the star of the night, as they held the high-powered Bulldogs offense to zero points and a mere 295 total yards. Kentucky forced six turnovers that turned into 14 points, including a pick-six late to seal the win.

The offense, however, was a much different story.

After being the strength of this team over the first two weeks, the offense was a no-show for much of this one, finishing with just 157 total yards. The Wildcats had only two drives that went for over 30 yards (62 and 33).

Of their seven second-half drives, five finished with less than 10 yards, including three that finished with negative yardage.

So while it was great to see the defense stand tall, the offense left a lot to be desired, and one key starter is clearly unhappy with it.

After the game, wide receiver Akeem Hayes voiced his displeasure on Twitter with not getting a single target in the game.

In Kentucky’s first two games, Hayes hauled in four passes for 54 yards and the only receiving touchdown a Wildcat has this season. Coming into SEC Week 3, he ranked second on the team in receiving yards and yards per catch (13.5).

Of course, players can be very emotional after games and let their emotions get the best of them with Twitter posts and things of that nature. Hopefully, this was just a blip on the radar, as Hayes has the potential to be a key contributor in this offense, but Mark Stoops and his staff won’t be happy with this postgame outburst.