It’s no secret the Kentucky Wildcats had a “down” year in 2023. Most college football programs in the country would probably love to have a winning record in the regular season, make the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, and play a thrilling postseason game against the Clemson Tigers.
But for Kentucky, that was short of their fans and their own expectations. Why? Likely because the level of talent Kentucky has (on paper) screams top-25 team — if not better.
Mark Stoops is the winningest coach in program history, Liam Coen is a highly regarded offensive coordinator, they have plenty of elite-level skill position players, their offensive line is considered above-average, and the team’s defense is full of very good-to-star players.
However, the Wildcats simply couldn’t put the pieces together this season.
As we enter 2024, though, there are so many reasons to be optimistic for next season. Headlining that list of reasons is All-SEC defensive lineman Deone Walker. In large part due to the fact that he’s Kentucky’s best player and loves playing for the program, but also because Walker himself is excited to see what 2024 holds for now this fall’s team. He had this to say about his team and what’s next following Kentucky’s loss to Clemson on Friday.
“Looking at the 2024 season, we’ve got a lot of additions,” Walker said. “We have a lot of experience. We’re looking bright with the pass rush. I love my D-line. We all work together, and you all can tell by the second half of the season we started clicking.”
Kentucky is blessed to have such a talented and productive player also be one of their best leaders. He loves the coaching staff, fans, his teammates and simply playing for Kentucky.
Tweet of the Day
Closing out 2023 with a Wildcat win! pic.twitter.com/5CdwS4Jmo7— Kentucky Women’s Basketball (@KentuckyWBB) December 31, 2023
Three straight wins for the Wildcats.
Kentucky (7-7) got a game-high 22 points from Ajae Petty. The senior from Baltimore added 13 rebounds, recording her seventh double-double of the season.
One of the bright spots heading into 2024.
Former Louisville star having another MVP season.
Huge year for the former Wildcat.
Sizable loss for the Bulldogs.
Both byes are now locked up.
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Says his return will be International Fight Week.