It didn’t take long for Liam Coen’s new offense to come alive and usher in the new season.
Last year, Kentucky produced just eight plays of 25+ yards in 11 games after mustering up 15 across 13 games in 2019.
It took all of 10 minutes and 40 seconds for Coen’s offense to produce two in today’s game vs. the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.
The first saw Will Levis hit Kentucky native Wan’Dale Robinson for a 33-yard scoring strike to tie the game at 7-all.
Wan'Dale Robinson’s 1st catch as a Wildcat is a touchdown ✅— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 4, 2021
The next was even better, as Levis showed off his arm strength to hit Josh Ali for a 58-yard bomb to put the Cats ahead. Ali would finish the first half with four grabs for 112 yards.
It’s 2021 and Kentucky has a downfield passing attack— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 4, 2021
Later in the second quarter, Levis found Robinson for a 62-yard gain that put Kentucky back in the red zone, then finished it off with a 15-yard scoring grab to put the Cats up 28-7. It also put him at five grabs for 125 yards and two scores with 4:20 left in the second quarter.
That Will Levis-Wan'Dale Robinson connection for Kentucky! 62 yard bomb, then they connect for a 15 yard TD!— ❌❌❌ (@FTBVids_YT) September 4, 2021
Levis: 10-14, 242 yds, 3 TD-1 INT
Robinson: 5 catches, 125 yds, 2 TD pic.twitter.com/YAVRtBfZD4
For context, in two years at Nebraska before transferring to Kentucky, Robinson had two 100-yard games and one game with two scoring catches. The most receiving yards he ever had in a game with the Cornhuskers was 123 as a true freshman, and he’s already topped that in less than one half of football with the home-state Cats.
I’d say the Liam Coen era is off to a fine start, and Robinson is a major reason why. They’re also a big reason why people believe this Kentucky team can contend for the SEC East.