What You Need To Know About The Kentucky Offense
– The Kentucky quarterback situation needs some work. Stephen Johnson was the main man for a few years with his legs as well as his arm, but he’s gone, and Drew Barker decided to be done from football just when it was his time to be the main man.
Now there’s a battle that wasn’t settled in spring ball, with Oregon transfer Terry Wilson a great runner, but his passing abilities will be hit-or-miss. Gunnar Hoak is more of a pocket passer, with 6-4, 206-pound size and a nice arm. Redshirt freshman Danny Clark will get his practice opportunities, but it’ll be Wilson vs. Hoak in fall camp.
– Known mostly for unfairly getting booted out of the bowl game, RB Benny Snell is back as the star of an offense and a ground game that gets back almost all of the top backs. The UK ground game was just okay even with a good running quarterback in Johnson, but Snell should be a lock for 1,000 yards, and No. 2 man Asim Rose will add some flash, behind a line that gets back four starters.
– Can the passing game start rolling? Johnson wasn’t the strongest of passers for an attack that finished close to the bottom of the SEC in passing yards. Leading receiver Garrett Johnson and four of the top five receivers are gone, but where are the playmaking stars?
Tavin Richardson is the leading returning receiver, and TE C.J. Conrad is fine, but the passing game needs weapons. Just one touchdown from the wideouts – from Richardson – returns. Getting back Dorian Baker – who missed all of last year with an ankle problem – will help.
Biggest Key To The Kentucky Offense
The scoring has to return. UK was able to get by with an okay defense – at least early on in the season – and with timely scoring to get by in most close games. The problem with a lack of a passing game and not enough explosion from any of the skill spots was simply a lack of points. There were a few explosions – hanging up 40 on Missouri and 44 on Vanderbilt – but there were too many dud performances.
The 2016 offense was hardly anything amazing, but it scored 35 points or more seven times. Last season? Those two games against the Tigers and Commodores were it. Over the last seven years, Kentucky is 14-2 when scoring 35 or more.