In this edition of "From the other sideline" Kentucky Sports Report's Brian Eldridge joins Gamecock Anthem to preview South Carolina's upcoming opponent. Look inside as Eldridge breaks down the Kentucky game game.
Brian Eldridge of Kentucky Sports Report joins Gamecock Anthem for this week's edition of "From the other sideline" to preview the South Carolina-Vanderbilt game. Below are Eldridge's questions to Gamecock Anthem's six questions.
I. What is Kentucky's biggest strength on defense and how would you
expect them to attack the South Carolina offense?
Kentucky's linebackers are their strength. Danny Trevathan, Ronnie Sneed and Winston Guy have all made a lot of plays for this team so far, especially Trevathan and Guy. Kentucky will have to pick their poison against the Gamecocks as South Carolina has loads of talent both in the running game with Lattimore and in the passing game with Jeffery. They will probably try and confuse Connor Shaw and make them beat UK through the air.
II. Kentucky's win last year broke a 10-game losing streak to South
Carolina. Does that game give this group confidence that it can do it
There are plenty of players left from that team who contributed to that win last year, so they can use that as a confidence booster for this year's contest. The question is can this team make the plays that last year's team made? If they can get on the board early and keep it close, then that confidence will grow.
III. Auburn's offense wasn't very successful in yards per play but was
content with playing field position and grinding out the game with a
chance to win late. Do you expect a similar plan from Kentucky?
This edition of the Wildcats won't have much other choice except grind it out. They struggle to put points on the board, so playing field position and trying to win the special teams battle will be one of Kentucky's only chances Saturday morning. If Kentucky is close late in the game, then I expect them to play with confidence, as I mentioned in the previous answer.
IV. South Carolina's offensive line has struggled as of late in run
blocking and pass blocking. How good is UK's defense up front?
UK's defensive front seven has been the strength of the entire team so far. They have been active and aggressive. They aren't overly deep, but they play hard and come after the quarterback with abandon. If they get pressure on Shaw, they are hoping it will force South Carolina into some turnovers.
V. Sophomore QB Connor Shaw will be making just his second career
start Saturday. Do you expect UK to switch things up for the young QB?
I don't think they'll try anything different than they've done all season. The main thing is trying to get pressure on him. They will likely sell out and send seven or eight players after him at a time. It's a big difference than the team played last year defensively. They were more vanilla and played much more conservatively in the past. They are just much more active than this year and the film is somewhat limited. Could be interesting.
VI. What's the No. biggest thing that has to happen for Kentucky to
win this game?
Kentucky has to move the ball on offense. They haven't been able to that consistently against quality competition. If they can move the ball and get on the board early, I think you'll see them keep it close for the majority of the game.
We thank Brian for joining us this week!