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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Elephant-Hunting Edition

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After a closer-than-necessary game against Vanderbilt, Kentucky gets to test themselves against the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. Sounds like lots of fun.

Vanderbilt v Kentucky Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt was… strange to me. It was strange that Stoops went to backup quarterbacks so early in the game with Terry Wilson playing well and the defense struggling to get stops. It was strange that even after Vanderbilt pulled within 10 points, Stoops still played as if he were ahead by 20. Kentucky managed, despite all reason, to give the Commodores an opportunity to tie or even win the game on a onside kick plus a field goal or Hail Mary. Of course, it failed, just as the statistics say it was likely to.

But still…

Observations:

  • Terry Wilson’s best game this year. He was accurate, his reads on options outstanding. He showed why he is so dangerous with his scrambling ability, and but for some bad short throws, really did everything about as well as we could ever ask.
  • There is little doubt that Chris Rodriguez Jr. is our best back, and A.J. Rose just has to live with fewer carries. I know that Rose will get his opportunities, and Kentucky will ride him if he gets hot, but Rodriguez has been more consistent, especially in short yardage situations.
  • I’d like to see more tight end involvement. They really did us proud Saturday.
  • I’ve no idea what happened to the defense in this game. I guess we can chalk this one up to “not ready to play,” because I really have no other explanation for why Vanderbilt was so efficient offensively against UK, particularly with the run. The front seven were particularly disappointing in their lack of ability to get off blocks. I suppose we should give Vandy’s O-line some props, as they did a fine job against a bigger, more talented foe.
  • Tackling was an issue.
  • Jamin Davis is really becoming a beast on defense. I just wonder how good our linebacking corps could be if everyone were healthy.
  • Special teams played pretty well, especially considering that some of our best special teams players were out for the game.

Kentucky will need a much better defensive effort against Alabama to have any chance at all, and I expect we’ll get one. But it’s the offense that still has me concerned. No doubt the UK offense was fine against Vandy, but will we see a return to earlier form against the #1 Crimson Tide? We’ll see.

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Interesting. Makes sense, though.

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