A Look at the Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats are off to a 2-0 start, but they've yet to start their SEC schedule. They'll begin conference play on Saturday when they host the top-ranked Gators. The Kentucky Sports Report provides us with this outlook

Offense

Key Players
QB - Mike Hartline 6-6 210 Jr.
RB - Derrick Locke 5-10 185 Jr.
WR - Randall Cobb 5-10 185 So.

Offensively, expect the Wildcats to try and spread the field and get their speedy receivers and running backs into space. They know Florida defense has as much or more speed, but getting a player like Randall Cobb or Derrick Locke matched up with a linebacker would be to the advantage of Kentucky. With Florida being the top team in the nation, Kentucky will likely pull out all the stops. Randall Cobb will lineup at quarterback in the Wildcat formation and he'll probably throw the ball at some point. Mike Hartline will have to attempt to stretch the field with Chris Matthews, Cobb and the other receivers.

The key to the Wildcat offense will be if the offensive line can open up holes for Derrick Locke, Alfonso Smith and Moncell Allen. If Locke can have a big game and protect the ball, then Kentucky could hang around with Florida.

Defense

Key Players
CB - Trevard Lindley 6-0 190 Sr.
LB - Micah Johnson 6-2 255 Sr.
DT - Corey Peters 6-3 295 Sr.

Defensively, Kentucky will play almost all man-to-man coverage. They expect All-American receiver Trevard Lindley to lock up his side of the field. To do this successfully Kentucky will have to generate a pass-rush, which has been virtually non-existant this season. Defensive end DeQuin Evans and tackle Corey Peters are the most dominant players on the Wildcat defensive front, but linebacker Danny Trevathan will line up and rush the passer at times. Kentucky will also send Micah Johnson on the delayed blitz occasionally as well.

If Kentucky can't get pressure on Tebow, it's going to be a tough outing for the defense. Defensive coordinator Steve Brown will have to throw some things out there that Florida hasn't seen from the Wildcats because generating a pass rush with the front four is not likely to happen against Florida.

Special Teams

Key Players
K - Lonas Seiber 5-9 190 Sr.
P - Ryan Tydlacka 6-1 195 So.
KR - Derrick Locke 5-10 185 Jr.

Kentucky's return specialists have done a good job this season in returning kickoffs (Locke, Guy, Smith) and punts (Cobb). But it's on the other side of the kick were there have been struggles. Ryan Tydlacka has been inconsistent early this season in punting the ball, but the ability is there. He's got to get his punts off more quickly or Florida's punt block team could cause nightmares for him. Lonas Seiber did a fair job of kicking the ball off against Louisville and has made one of his two field goal attempts this season. Seiber needs to put plenty of air under the ball against Florida to allow the return team to get down field and make a play on return specialist Brandon James. If Kentucky is feeling risky, there may even been an onside kick from Seiber.


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