Preview 2018: Kentucky Wildcats: Will UK Ever Be Great?

Preview 2018: Kentucky Wildcats: Will UK Ever Be Great?

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Preview 2018: Kentucky Wildcats: Will UK Ever Be Great?


Best Kentucky Offensive Player

RB Benny Snell, Jr.
The 5-11, 223-pound battering ram was the UK offense at times – right up until he was thrown out of the Music City Bowl for sort of making contact with an official, but not really.

No, he’s not a receiver, but he’ll be a workhorse who will get five yards no matter what, running for 1,333 yards and 19 scores on the year. A machine around the goal line, he ran for two touchdowns or more six times, and had a stretch of three straight games with three touchdowns. Other backs are around to provide a little help, but he’s the main man.

2. OG Logan Stenberg, Jr.
3. C Drake Jackson, Soph.
4. WR Tavin Richardson, Jr.
5. TE C.J. Conrad, Sr.

Best Kentucky Defensive Player

S Mike Edwards, Sr.
The defense as a whole didn’t come up with enough big plays or gamechanging moments – especially over the second half of last year – but Edwards did his part, having to make way too many stops from the secondary.

He led the team with 96 tackles with a sack and a team-leading four picks. He’s not huge at 6-0 and 200 pounds, but he’ll do whatever is needed – it would be nice if he didn’t need to do so much.

2. LB Josh Allen, Sr.
3. S Darius West, Sr.
4. CB Derrick Baity, Sr.
5. LB Jordan Jones, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Terry Wilson, Soph. 
He’s the dynamic talent who might just add a bit more pizzazz to the attack, but he first needs to take the job by the horns. Gunnar Hoak is right there in the mix – potentially adding a bit more to the passing game – but Wilson is the shot for the stars.

The 6-3, 205-pound JUCO transfer from Knoxville who started out his career at Oregon has the size, he can be accurate enough, and he can really, really run. He isn’t just a guy to take over the position for this year; he needs to be the one to work the program around for the next few seasons.

Key Game To The Kentucky Season

Florida, Sept. 8
Enough is SO enough, Kentucky. The Wildcats beat the Gators 10-3 in 1986, and that’s been it, finding fun and creative ways to lose over the last 31 years, including brutally painful close calls in two of the last three seasons.

It’s the SEC opener on the road against Dan Mullen and the new era of Florida football. What better time to bust through this thing? Win, and UK will almost certainly be 3-0 with Mississippi State and South Carolina coming up next in Lexington.

2017 Kentucky Fun Stats

– Passing TDs: Opponents 21 – Kentucky 10
– Penalties: Opponents 91 for 787 yards – Kentucky 71 for 626 yards
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 18-of-29 (62%) – Kentucky 6-of-10 (60%)

NEXT: Final Prediction & What Will Happen


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