"Experience against all the defensive fronts they faced last should help them," Ortmayer said.
"They will know more about that than they did last year. That was really the first year for any of them to play extensively with Jacob gone. I think they will have more savvy about them now, or at least I hope they do."
Ortmayer admits their play was "very spotty" last year and part of the reason the Kentucky offense struggled.
"I think they have the skills to make plays, but I think that they were not consistent both in their perception of what was going on in the game and in their run blocking execution and being able to get it done," the Kentucky assistant coach said. "I don't think they helped our run situation as much as they should."
Will they be better in the passing game this year? "They can be. It depends on other things. Our passing game last year was so inexperienced that it didn't give anybody a chance to really step up," Ortmayer said. "All those young receivers were feeling their way and trying to learn the game. We are ahead of where we were last year in the passing game, and that includes the tight ends."