Pro Football Focus, or PFF, is known for its analytic and statistical approach to professional and college football.
It seems like PFF has a lot to like about Kentucky Football’s 2020 roster.
First up, the Kentucky secondary. After replacing five players the year before and losing DaVonte Robinson to injury before the start of last season, the Kentucky secondary was expected to have a lot of growing pains, but the young group played well when thrust into action, coming in second in yards allowed per attempt when throwing at outside QBs.
The only team ahead of the Wildcats? Ohio State, which had two cornerbacks drafted early in the NFL Draft last month and another who could’ve been a first or second round pick had he entered the draft.
Yards per attempt allowed throwing at outside CBs— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 13, 2020
1. Ohio State - 4.85
2. Kentucky - 5.69
2. Virginia Tech - 5.69
FBS average: 7.8 pic.twitter.com/Ke36Bbdtkt
PFF also really likes Kentucky’s two returning offensive tackles in Landon Young and Darian Kinnard. PFF went as far as naming Young and Kinnard as the two best returning tackles in the conference.
Highest graded returning SEC offensive tackles:— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 11, 2020
1. Darian Kinnard, Kentucky - 89.2
2. Landon Young, Kentucky - 78.3
3. Carson Green, Texas A&M - 76.3 pic.twitter.com/Eszo3rj1oX
And they couldn’t forget about the best punter in the country in Max Duffy, who led all returning punters in yards per attempt.
Highest yards per attempt among punters returning in 2020:— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 10, 2020
1. Max Duffy, Kentucky - 48.1
2. Zach Harding, Army - 47.8
3. Trenton Gill, NC State - 47.5 pic.twitter.com/kDa6AExUF4
There’s a lot to like with this team. This doesn’t even mention Drake Jackson returning at center and Luke Fortner at guard, the Cats bringing back their running back group and receivers, or the return of Quinton Bohanna and most of the edge rushers.
Now, let’s just hope we have a college football season.