With the Big Blue Nation in a tizzy over the state on the program after four games, a little sanity is in order in assessing where the Wildcat really program is. As the old adage goes, ‘things are never as good a they seem or as bad as they appear.'
The Good: Open Date! Normally coaches don't relish open dates but in this case, given all the setbacks, the coaches, the players, the trainers, and the fans are probably saying "thank goodness."
Quarterback play for the most part has to grade a B+. Could be given higher if not for the Andre Woodson fumbles in the Louisville game and the three interceptions in the Florida game. The question is how much did the chest muscle injury effect Woodson's accuracy? One has to love the poise and athleticism of Curtis Pulley, especially his poise. "I recruited Jemaile Cornelius when I was at Notre Dame and he is not as fast as Pulley," Joker Phillips said in comparing the Florida wide receiver to Pulley. "We sat down at the beginning of the season and picked out our top eleven players on offense and Pulley wasn't one of them given he was the backup quarterback and we had a full boat of players. Now if we sat down grade it again, Pulley has to be no worse than 5th given the injuries to so many of our wide receivers."
There has been a discovery of some young freshman that can play and as UK gets some of the walking wounded back, it should bolster the depth.
The young freshmen o-linemen that have played and made an impression are Garry Davis, James Alexander, and Christian Johnson - the latter being the most impressive.
With Ricky Abren being down and now playing at about 75 percent, Lamar Mills out for the season, and Jason Leger, who suffered an early knee injury, is playing at less than 100 percent, the emergence of freshman Myron Prior has been welcome.
At defensive end, freshman Ventrell Jenkins got his first sack against Florida's first string.
The return's phase, kickoff and punt, of special teams have been outstanding ranking 3rd and 4th respectively nationally. Defensive back and kickoff return man, David Jones has shown that he can run with almost anybody in the league.
The Bad: The pass rush has been non-existent. The defense against the run has been very poor. The Cats have had spotty offensive line play especially in their protection of Andre Woodson. The team has been blitzed in the second quarter of each game something like 73-7. Does that score sound familiar? The punting was bad early but now appears to be coming around somewhat.
The Miserable: To not show up at Indiana and let them smack them in the mouth, is unexplainable. There's no excuse because they were fore warned. Of the sixteen quarters of football played thus far, the Wildcats have played seven of quarters. With the Florida game decided by halftime, there could be a legitimate reason to take two of those quarters away. With the halftime Florida score 49-7, the rats, cats, mice and people were running for the exits. That, sports fans was almost the worst thing that can happen for the longevity of Coach Brooks. All schools have injuries and UK has had many more than most schools for this point in the season.
The good, the bad, and the miserable at the break
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