5 Reasons for Improved Offensive Production

The Kentucky Wildcats had a major drop off in their offensive production in 2008. Given the microwave generation, fans are antsy and for less willing to let the process take place. Rick Brooks believes he can speed up the curve with the 2009 addition of the Wildcat offense.

The Kentucky Wildcats had a major drop off in their offensive production in 2008. Given the microwave generation, fans are antsy and for less willing to let the process take place. Rick Brooks believes he can speed up the curve with the 2009 addition of the Wildcat offense. "Our Offense will be much more productive this season," Brooks said in Birmingham, Alabama. "We have more SEC-ready talent because we have won three straight bowls." Following are some reasons he could be right, many of which, he voice at the SEC Football Media Day meetings in Birmingham, Alabama. But first lets deal with the statistics compiled by The Birmingham News.

1) Of the passing yards accumulated and the quarterbacks returning that compiled them, Kentucky was one of only three teams that returned 100% of their players. The other two were Florida and Auburn. Kentucky was in the upper-half in the SEC of passing yards compiled, 2,234-yards ---------- UK's rushing yard numbers (1,657) rated them in the upper-half of the SEC and the only two teams dwarfing them is Florida and Alabama. Florida has 75% of their producers back, however Alabama has only 47% of their returning.

2) In a SEC Power Poll of 6,400 fans participating, that - al.com - compiled, Brooks rated ninth tied with Bobby Petrino and Bobby Johnson. Gene Chizik of Auburn, Lane Kiffin of Tennessee, and Dan Mullen of Mississippi State all rated lower than Brooks. Of the SEC finishes Kentucky has been higher than picked 3 of the 6-years.

3) The inexperience of Brooks' players on the offensive side of the ball severely limited the use of the playbook. Most offensive coordinators will tell you that only 60% of the playbook coincides with the team that you have. This will drastically improve this season.

4) Brooks was asked why he thought the offense will be so much better? He said – "We started five freshmen. We started a new quarterback that had very little game experience. A dynamic Randall Cobb will be used in the Wildcat formation. Brooks named the much-improved Kyrus Lanxter and Gene McCaskill and a 6-foot-5 Chris Matthews coming in, whom run very well. Brooks likes his experience at the tight end spot with players like T. C. Drake, Maurice Grinter, and Ross Bogue that will be better and which will enhance Mike Hartline's ability to get the ball to them.

5) The running backs will all have vast experience to put their running on display. Brooks likes the fact that he has senior Alfonso Smith, who when he's healthy has proven he can be productive and he has added 10-pounds (218-pounds) to his frame. Derrick Locke says he is ready to pick up where he left off and he is 15-pounds heavier than he was the first time he touched the football in a live game for the Cats. Moncell Allen who led all rushers with 96-yards in the Spring Game is 15-pounds lighter - 213-pounds. "John Conner (senior) is our fullback," Brooks said. "I think for that position, he is one of the best in the country. He‘ll touch the ball more catching and running than he has in the past couple of years. All will be running behind a line that starts 4-seniors bolstered by the return of senior Christian Johnson, who has two-years of SEC starting experience.


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