The Kentucky Wildcats got off to an excellent start in the 2021 season on Saturday as they defeated Louisiana-Monroe 45-10.
The new offense was a welcomed sight for the BBN as they showed a willingness to pass, and an ability to succeed at it.
New quarterback Will Levis completed 18/26 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns. As a team, Kentucky passed for 419-yards, which is the first time the Cats have thrown for 400 yards since 2014.
The offense wasn’t the only unit playing at a high level. Mark Stoops’ experienced defense stepped up and held ULM to just 87 total yards while making most snaps difficult for the Warhawks’ offense.
Kentucky fans were very pleased with the performance they saw on Saturday, but they weren’t the only ones positive about the Cats.
Starting with Levis, the Penn State transfer graded out as the 3rd best Power Five QB with a 92.0 rating.
Highest-graded Power Five QBs in Week 1:— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 5, 2021
1. Cade McNamara, Michigan - 93.0
2. Adrian Martinez, Nebraska - 92.3
3. Will Levis, Kentucky - 92.0
4. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh - 91.2
5. Bo Nix, Auburn - 90.1 pic.twitter.com/eeOKvTI1lq
On the receiver side of things, Wan’Dale Robinson and Josh Ali graded as the 17th and 36th best WRs with ratings of 81.1 and 78.2. For the record, and PFF grade above an 80 is considered a standout performance.
The Big Blue Wall also had an impressive Week 1 as Darian Kinnard graded with an 85.4, Dare Rosenthal a 72.5, Quintin Wilson finished with a 72.8 on just 13 snaps, and Jeremy Flax a 69.1.
Running back Chris Rodriguez finished with a grade of 69.4 on 39 snaps.
Overall, it was a very impressive day for the Wildcats as we saw the new offense shine and the defense remain as stout as it has been the past few seasons. The BBN has a bright future to look forward to in Lexington.