2008 Media Days: Legge's Look at Kentucky

BIRMINGHAM – Here's a look at the day Kentucky Head Coach Rich Brooks and the Wildcats had at the SEC's annual Media Day event. Kentucky finished fifth in the SEC East and won the Music City Bowl last season.

Last season: 8-5
Last game vs. Georgia: 24-13 loss
Series Record: Georgia leads 48-11-2
Most memorable Georgia win: 1978 – Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Rex Robinson kicks a game-winning field goal as the Dawgs pull a tough win out in Lexington at night.
Most painful Georgia loss: 1988 – In Vince Dooley's final season, Georgia is upset and taken out of the SEC race after a difficult loss to the Cats. Had Georgia won the game Dooley would have retired with a share of the SEC crown.

Starters returning: 16

Best player: Trevard Lindley
Biggest Weakness: Replacing offensive firepower
2008's big questions: Can Kentucky jump past Carolina once and for all for third-best team? That's not happed yet.

Inside the numbers vs. Georgia (as seen in the Dawg Post Season Preview):
Inside the numbers:
Scoring has never been the problem in Lexington – Stopping points from getting on the scoreboard… well that's another story. Kentucky was dead last in points allowed in the SEC – giving up nearly 30 points a game. If the Cats are going to get out of the bottom half of the SEC once and for all they are going to have to improve defensively, which is easier said than done.

Recruiting Implications:
Very little. There are times when Kentucky comes to Georgia to pick up the crumbs left over after Georgia, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Clemson and others have their dinner. The fact of the matter is that Kentucky couldn't get the top player from Georgia if they had to, and Georgia could be in the mix for the top player in the Commonwealth if they had to.

Last year's prediction: Georgia is better than Kentucky, but they were last season (2006), too, so not turning the ball over is job one.

On the first drive of the game Knowshon Moreno fumbled the ball when the offense was knocking on the door for a score. Kentucky stole the momentum and got out to a 10-0 lead. But the Dawgs rallied thanks to 21 unanswered points to beat the Cats.

SEC Media Day's quote to note:

"We were one of the teams that a lot of folks thought that they could just put a W by, and that's not the case anymore." – Kentucky Head Coach Rich Brooks on his team and it's steady rise in football.

"We had one player who I hand timed under a 4.5 when I got here. Now we have 17." – Brooks on the difference in his program over the last few years.
Legge's must-win game for the Cats: South Carolina on October 11th
Legge's projected SEC finish: 5th SEC East
Legge's All-SEC Wildcats: None (on first team)

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