PREVIEW: First look at the Wildcats

Tiger Rag takes a quick look at coach Rich Brooks, the Wildcats and the key matchups.

QUICK FACTS

 

KENTUCKY WILDCATS

 

All-Time Series: LSU leads 37-15-1

 

Stadium: Commonwealth (67,606)

 

Conference: SEC

 

First Meeting: 1949, Kentucky 19, LSU 0

 

Last Meeting: 2002, LSU 30, Kentucky 27

 

Head Coach: Rich Brooks, 12-28, 4th year

                      103-137-4 overall, 21 years

 

2005 in Review: 3-8, 2-6 SEC

 

Final '05 Ranking: Not ranked

 

Off. / Def. Systems: Multiple / 4-3

 

Returning Starters: 15; 7 offense, 7 defense, punter

 

Last Bowl Appearance: 1999 Music City Bowl

 

Last Conference Championship: 1976 co-champs

 

 

STATISTICAL LEADERS

 

Rushing: Rafael Little – 61 carries, 286 yards, 2 TDs

 

Passing: Andre Woodson – 178-108-3, 1486 yards, 15 TD

 

Receiving: Keenan Burton – 27 catches, 462 yards, 3 TD

 

Tackles: Wesley Woodyard – 58 TT (42S, 16A)

 

 

2006 SCHEDULE

 

Date                    Opponent                     '05 Result

 

S-2                  L, 59-28 at Louisville       L, 31-24

 

S-9                  W, 41-7 Texas State      ---

 

S-16                W, 31-14 Ole Miss          L, 13-7

 

S-23                L, 26-7 at Florida           L, 49-28

 

S-30                W, 45-36 C. Mich.         ---

 

O-7                  L, 24-17 S. Carolina       L, 44-16

 

O-14                at LSU                         ---

 

O-28                at Mississippi State        W, 13-7

 

N-4                  Georgia                        L, 13-45

 

N-11                Vanderbilt                    W, 48-43

 

N-18                Louisiana-Monroe           ---

 

 

Head to Head:

 

Kentucky QB vs. LSU C

Andre Woodson vs. Darry Beckwith

 

Kentucky has been know to produce some pretty good quarterbacks over the last few years and Andre Woodson is another solid signal caller following in the footsteps of Tim Couch and Jared Lorenzen. Woodson is a very efficient 108 of 178 this season for 1,486 yards and 15 touchdowns, offset by just three interceptions. Comparable to LSU's JaMarcus Russell, Woodson is a formidable presence in the pocket standing an imposing 6-5, 235 pounds. Darry Beckwith is known to have a nose for knowing where the quarterback is at all times.

 

 

Kentucky LB vs. LSU FB

Wesley Woodyard vs. Shawn Jordan

 

Wesley Woodyard is Kentucky best defensive players and his stats reflect entirely. On the season, Woodyard (6-1, 212) has logged 58 tackles, 42 of which are solos stops, and four tackles for loss. With Jacob Hester spending lots of time at tailback these days, Shawn Jordan is getting more and more reps at fullback.

 


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