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Former NFL players praise Liam Coen

One is a former Super Bowl champion.

Super Bowl XLVI

Since Mark Stoops took over a two-win team back in 2013, Kentucky’s football program has continued to grow stronger. In 2018, they won 10 games. And then in 2018, they were able to win eight games along with the Belk Bowl.

That said, to everyone in the program, 2020 was a disappointing season.

The 4-6 team does have a plethora of acceptable losses to teams like Florida, Georgia and Alabama. However, Missouri and Ole Miss were games this team needed to win. They’ve put up less than 14 points per game against the four top-10 teams they’ve played this season.

The Wildcats lost Lynn Bowden Jr., a dynamic and versatile quarterback that was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft. His exodus has crushed the Wildcats offense, resulting in almost six fewer points per game.

Stoops knew he had a problem, and he’s turning to the National Football League to solve it. With the Los Angeles Rams bound for the playoffs, Stoops found his man in assistant quarterbacks coach Liam Coen.

Let’s just say Stoops isn’t the only one fond of his most-recent addition. Several former and current NFL players are talking highly of Coen, a positive sign that success could be on it’s way.

One of them is former Giants receiver and Super Bowl champion Victor Cruz, who Coen played with at UMass.

Playing in college at UMass, Coen has an array of experience as a coach in both the NFL and NCAA. He’s been a wide receivers coach and quarterbacks coach at the sport’s highest level, and he’s also served as an offensive coordinator at Maine.

He’s a talented coach, and he should help the Wildcats get back to trending in the right direction in the challenging SEC.