Brooks talks defense after Saturday win

Rich Brooks was not quite as disappointed in Kentucky's defense after reviewing film of the 45-36 win over Central Michigan as he was when the game ended.

Rich Brooks was not quite as disappointed in Kentucky's defense after reviewing film of the 45-36 win over Central Michigan as he was when the game ended. The Wildcats gave up 558 yards, including 411 passing. However, Brooks says some of the credit has to go to Central Michigan.

"Many of the passes they completed, we had very good coverage on them. (Cornerback) Trevard Lindley had three catches on him where he was all over the guy," Brooks said. "We did have some technique problems on coverages where we did not get a sufficient jam by the cornerback and the safety did not get over the top. But it's difficult to execute that coverage if you do not jam the receiver so the safety has time to get in position.

"We also had some misalignments by our linebackers in a couple of sets. It (the defense) was not good, but it was not as bad as I originally thought after looking at the film." Brooks emphasized that Kentucky did not quit blitzing or bringing pressure after taking a 28-7 lead. "We mixed it up but had little success in the second half," he said.

Brooks says he doesn't think his team will develop a mindset where it feels it has to outscore teams to win because of the yardage the defense is allowing weekly. "You never know what you have to do exactly (to win). Just a week ago this defense gave up yards, but not as many points (against Florida). Yards don't bother me as much as points. Let's not forget the defense created many chances for our offense to have a short field, too. They did some good things," Brooks said.

But Brooks knows the defense has to be better in this week's game against South Carolina that could go a long way toward deciding UK's bowl hopes.

"Their defense is very good, very physical. The fact they are doing so well holding very good teams like Auburn to the point totals and yardage total they did is impressive. Their pass defense is one of the better ones in the nation. We have our worked cut out for us in this game," Brooks said. "I don't think we can expect a shootout in this thing. Their defense is not allowing those shootouts."

Notes: Myron Pryor was originally credited with three caused fumbles against Central Michigan. That has been corrected to two because on one play Central Michigan dropped the ball before Pryor made the tackle. ... Brooks also said it didn't look like receiver DeMoreo Ford came down inbounds with a catch that could have resulted in a touchdown.

Injury update:
Freshmen defensive linemen will each have a MRI Monday after suffering MCL knee strains Saturday. Brooks lists both as doubtful for Saturday but did not mention season-ending status yet. ... Defensive tackle Ricky Abren had more swelling in his wrist. He's probable for Saturday, but likely will have to play wearing a cast. ... Running back Rafael Little had "some swelling" in his knee but should be fine by Saturday. ... Center Matt McCutchan did not play against Central Michigan and remains doubtful for this week. ... Fullback John Conner aggravated his turf toe, but should play.

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