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Thursday Headlines: Anonymous Coaches Talk Kentucky Football

There is some skepticism about Kentucky’s offense without Liam Coen

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It’s that time of the year where anonymous coaches sound off on other college football teams, and in the new Athlon College Football Preview magazine, coaches speaking anonymously had a lot to say about the Kentucky Football program.

“The problem is they don’t have Wan’Dale Robinson and the offensive line lost a lot, so the odds are stacked against them,” one coach said.

Those questions are actually fair. Wan’Dale handled such a high load of the responsibility on offense that it’s fair to wonder who will step up in his absence, and Kentucky will have to replace some key members of the offensive line, but there seems to be a lot of talent waiting in the wings with both of those position groups.

And another coach had praise for Kentucky’s defense.

“Defensively, they’re never nationally recognized or anything, but they’re always effective. They do a good job keeping it in front of them in the passing game.”

And one coach questioned the expectations of the fan base.

“They’re approaching a dangerous area in terms of expectations. There’s going to be a point in time where the money they’re paying (Stoops) is going to come with more than just being happy with a bowl bid. For a long time, everyone in the industry has said Stoops has the best job in college football, but that can’t last forever. Can they build a division-winning program, or will he find another job before that time comes? They’re also competing in a division that gets a little better each year. You can always look at their games against Tennessee, South Carolina and Missouri as a good measurement. All three programs are improving season by season.”

I don’t see expectations being an issue at this point in time, but down the road it could become something to consider.

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Headlines

K.T. Turner eager to get to work at UK - Herald Leader

Sounds like he’s excited to hit the recruiting trail.

Neeo Avery narrows list to six schools - KSR

Big recruiting target for the Cats.

Kentucky lands pitching transfer from WKU - Cats Pause

He’s the third transfer commitment this offseason.

Marcus Freeman walks back jab at Ohio State - ESPN

Freeman took a shot at academics at other schools.

Lamar not likely to get new deal before season - Bleacher Report

And a trade isn’t likely either.

Umpire escaped injury from broken bat - Yahoo

A close call for sure.

Which second-year NFL players are on the verge of breaking out? - CBS

Several possibilities.