2004 SEC Football Preview: Kentucky

Vanderbilt snapped a long SEC losing streak last November with a win over Kentucky in the season's final home game. The Wildcats finished 2003 tied Vandy for fifth place in the the SEC East. Our SEC 2004 Preview continues with a capsule look at the Wildcats.

COACHING

Head Coach: Rich Brooks (Career Rec: 95-117-4)
Offensive Coordinator: Ron Hudson
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Archer

2003 Record: 4-8 overall (1-7 SEC)

2003 NCAA STATS RANKINGS

Total Offense: 96th (327.2)
Rushing Offense: 85th (125.1)
Passing Offense: 75th (202.2)
Scoring Offense: 57th (27.3)
Total Defense:66th (382.2)
Rushing Defense: 88th (186.7)
Pass Defense: 26th (195.6)
Scoring Defense: 69th (26.8)

STARTERS RETURNING

Offense (6):


LT Matt Huff (6-5, 300, Sr.)
LG Jason Rollins (6-5, 285, Sr.)
WR Tommy Cook (6-0, 190, Sr.)
FB Alexis Bwenge (6-1, 227, Jr.)
TB Arliss Beach (6-0, 210, Jr.)
TE Jeremiah Drobney (6-4, 245, Jr.)

Defense (9):


NT Lamar Mills (6-1, 280, So.)
DE Vincent Burns (6-2, 268, Sr.)
ILB Dustin Williams (6-5, 244, Jr.)
ILB Chad Anderson (6-2, 250, Jr.)
OLB* Durrell White (6-3, 250, So.)
SS Mike Williams (5-11, 186, Sr.)
FS Earven Flowers (5-10, 193, Sr.)
CB Bo Smith (6-0, 185, Jr.)
FS Muhammad Abdullah (6-0, 205, Jr.)
* All-Star Candidates

Roster

TEAM STRENGTHS

Defensive line, linebacker.

TEAM QUESTION MARKS

Quarterback, wide receiver.

KEY GAME

Sept 5, at Louisville. Losing to you arch rival is a bad way to get the season started. Kentucky needs to win this one.

HEAD COACH'S COMMENTS

"This is a year that could go in a lot of different directions for Kentucky football. I'm hoping we can turn some of our disappointing fourth quarter losses into exciting fourth quarter victories."

"Shane Boyd will bring a different dimension to the offense than what Kentucky has had in the last four years with Jared. We won't be quite as predictable about where we are throwing the ball from. We'll be sprinting out and throwing."

"The progress of our very thin scholarship wise offensive line made the most improvement of any position in the spring but is biggest question mark going into the fall. We will add some players to the mix to improve our depth and competitiveness but just putting those pieces together and continuing that progress from the spring is my biggest concern."

VandyMania Projection

2004 SCHEDULE AND GAME PREDICTIONS


Sept. 5 at Louisville, L 38-17
Sept. 18 INDIANA, W 24-17
Sept. 25 at Florida, L 35-20
Oct. 2 OHIO, W 21-17
Oct. 9 ALABAMA, L 21-17
Oct. 16 SOUTH CAROLINA, L 24-21
Oct. 23 at Auburn, L 34-13
Oct. 30 at Mississippi State, W 10-6
Nov. 6 GEORGIA, L 35-21
Nov. 13 VANDERBILT, L 30-21
Nov. 27 at Tennessee, L 30-20

VandyMania's 2004 Kentucky prediction: 3-8, (1-7 SEC)


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