A serious argument can be made that Kentucky football’s offensive line held them back from big-play opportunities throughout this past regular season. The ability of Chris Rodriguez to effortlessly shed tackle after tackle also disguised their inability to run block at a high level.
Kentucky had plenty of other offensive issues, too, including quarterback Will Levis holding on to the football too long and now former offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello sometimes not putting his skill position players in the best situation to succeed.
Head coach Mark Stoops set out early on this offseason to bolster Kentucky’s offensive line that’s built the reputation over recent years as the “Big Blue Wall” and the key to improving this unit is one of the team’s newest additions: Marques Cox.
The Wildcats had an up close look at Cox when Kentucky hosted Northern Illinois early in the regular season. His presence protecting the pocket was obvious when Kentucky was unable to land a single sack on NIU QB Ethan Hampton.
Cox also played a significant role in NIU’s 4th-ranked rushing attack and 2nd-best pass protection back in 2021, proving he can immediately step in at Kentucky and fill a void at left tackle.
Though it will only be for a year (Cox is entering his final year of eligibility), Cox will be able to play a pivotal role in keeping new quarterback Devin Leary upright and protected in the pocket while also creating holes and running lanes downfield for new running back Ray Davis.
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Mark Stoops is really winning the offseason.
He had an awesome UK career and should do well in the NFL.
Looks like we’re going to see plenty of him moving forward.
He’s going to step right in and immediately make an impact.
The rich always get richer in college football.
They need him to just have confidence shooting the basketball.
Sounds like Wilson’s time in New York is over.
Shai and De’Aaron are playing out of their minds.