September Review: Kentucky Football

With one month of the 2012 season in the record books, Kentucky Sports Report's Jeff Drummond breaks down the Wildcat football team thus far.

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With one month of college football behind us, has the Kentucky team met or failed expectations thus far?

Kentucky has largely lived up to expectations, which were pretty low heading into the season, but a home loss to Western Kentucky was a major shock to the fan base and one that has turned Joker Phillips' "hot seat" into a blazing inferno.

What one player has been the key factor in the first 3-4 games?

Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith is leading the SEC at 322 yards per game through the air. His ability to run the Wildcats' new no-hudle, hurry-up offense has breathed life back into a unit that struggled to put points on the board last season.

What are the key improvements that need to be made in order to ensure a successful season?

If UK is to engineer a miraculous turnaround, it has to begin on defense. The Cats have been unable to slow down any of their first [five] opponents. The front seven is struggling with a lack of size on the ends and youth and inexperience in the linebacker corps.

How would your team define "success" this season?

It would probably mean reaching the 6-win mark and getting Bowl eligible, although any win at this juncture would come as a major surprise.

What is the most dominant headline the remainder of the season?

Will Joker Phillips be retained? Who does the program turn to if a change is made?

Thanks to Kentucky Sports Report's Jeff Drummond for his in-depth contribution to this report.

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