Kentucky Wildcats Football Season Preview History
2014 Kentucky Football Preview:
After reaching bowl games every year from 2006-2010, the Wildcats have struggled over the past 3 seasons. With head coaching changes, and a daunting conference schedule every season, Lexington has not had much reason to cheer. But with head coach Mark Stoops heading into his 2nd season, the outlook for Kentucky is as good as it has been since 2010. The Wildcats have a chance to match their season total of wins from last season in their first 3 games of 2014. Look for Kentucky to have a stellar defensive front 7, headlined by Za’Darius Smith, and Alvin Dupree. Key games for the Wildcats bowl chances in 2014 will be September 27th against Vanderbilt, and then the final two weeks of the season against rivals Tennessee and Louisville.
2013 Kentucky Football Preview:
Mark Stoops enters his first season as the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats after leading the Florida State Seminoles defense for the last three seasons. Kentucky finished with two wins in 2012, so Stoops has a lot of work cut out for him to turn around a football program that plays in the very tough SEC. Stoops’ impact on defense will be felt immediately and he will implement a more up-tempo offense that should put more points on the board. The key for the Wildcats this season will be returning to a bowl game and with many winnable games on the schedule, Stoops has a chance to make an immediate impact on a football program that is desperately trying to find its way in college football. Louisville, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee will all travel to Lexington in 2013.
2011 Kentucky Football Preview:
Despite heading to five consecutive bowl games, Wildcats head coach Joker Phillips is looking for something more. He’s not in it for another .500 season, and in his second season is looking to make Kentucky known for more than basketball.
That will begin with junior quarterback Morgan Newton, who is getting tons of praise during spring practice. He will have to step up his game because his backfield will be getting a lot of on-the-job training. Last year’s leading rusher Derrick Locke was lost to graduation, so sophomore Raymond Sanders will have to carry the load. The wide-outs will be in the situation since both of UK’s starters from last year are now in the NFL. Junior La'Rod King and sophomore Brian Adams look to be the best prospects to fill their shoes.
The sieve that was known as the UK defensive line is hoped to be gone after switch to a 3-4 scheme. They’re hoping that sophomore defensive tackle Mister Cobble, who was ineligible in 2010, is that player. The switch, however, will make the linebacking corps even more important, which makes senior Winston Guy’s move from safety to linebacker is so important. senior linebacker Danny Trevathan will be the most important cog in that system, however. The 2010 SEC leader in tackles debated about entering the NFL, but retuned to follow his head coach to something possibly bigger.
2010 Kentucky Football Preview:
Kentucky has enjoyed an era of success not seen in Lexington in nearly half a century. The Wildcats have been to four straight bowl games, going 3-1 in that stretch. Coach Joker Phillips enters his first year as head coach after being the offensive coordinator since 2005, and while Kentucky has seen success lately, they still have yet to break into contention for the SEC title.
The Kentucky offense struggled a year ago, especially at the quarterback position. The Wildcats ranked 114th in the country in passing offense, and 93rd in total yards per game. Senior Mike Hartline is the presumptive starter, but sophomore Morgan Newton could quickly replace him if there are any problems. However, the offense does have some weapons at their disposal with junior receiver Randall Cobb and senior running back Derrick Locke, who have the potential to be an explosive force.
The performance of the defense is also uncertain, as the Wildcats lost tackle Corey Peters and cornerback Trevard Lindley. Replacing them will be difficult for defensive coordinator Steve Brown, and he'll be looking to senior defensive end DeQuin Evans to provide much needed leadership on this squad.
It may be difficult for Kentucky to make it to a fifth straight bowl game, especially with tough road match ups against Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee.
2009 Kentucky Football Preview:
Head Coach: Rich Brooks
Much of the talk around Lexington has been about new Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari. When the 2009 college football season kicks off Kentucky Head Coach Rich Brooks and his Wildcats will be looking to make fans forget about basketball season for awhile. Brooks returns a talented squad that is capable of making some noise in the always brutal SEC. If Kentucky gets its offense playing good football early, then watch out for UK to win some big football games in 2009.
2008 Kentucky Football Preview:
Head Coach: Rich Brooks
The 2006 and 2007 seasons were some of the best football seasons Kentucky has experienced since the 1950's, winning two bowl games back-to-back. However, the 2008 season looks a little rough for the Wildcats, as the team will be losing several key players. The loss of Andre Woodson is going to make moving the ball via pass a little harder for the Wildcats offense, and a replacement will have to get some live snaps to get the offense back on a roll. However, there is plenty of talent on the ground. With three returning linemen and a solid running game, the Wildcats will have an advantage with a running offense.
The Kentucky defense was ranked last in the SEC last season, but had enough stamina to endure teams like LSU and Arkansas and pull out the win. This year's defense is looking much stronger, and there will be plenty or returning starters to put their experience to use. Though Kentucky may have had its best season in 2007, there is no telling what this Wildcat team is capable of in 2008. The success of this team is going to depend on the defense stepping up to the block, and the offense moving the ball despite having lost one of the best QB's the program has seen.