Through four games, Kentucky (3-1, 2-1 SEC) has allowed only five touchdowns on 13 red-zone trips by opponents. Only Florida and Mississippi State have allowed fewer red-zone touchdowns (4 each) to date.
Last season, the Cats ranked 13th out of 14 SEC defenses, allowing 30 touchdowns on 44 red-zone opportunities.
Eliot and UK head coach Mark Stoops both point to improved competitiveness, particularly in the secondary, for the turnaround. Adding tall, long defenders like freshman cornerback Chris Westry has also been a big factor.