2010 Kentucky Wildcats Football
Tough loss to Clemson (21-13) in the Music City Bowl. UK fought hard and nearly pulled it out. But, they were simply playing a better team (Clemson #2 ACC team). Head coach Rich Brooks has resigned/retired. So, Kentucky has a search under way for a new coach. Next year will be interesting.
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OK, not bad at all. A 7-5 season and another bid to the Music City Bowl. To face Clemson -- again. Let's hope it turns out the same way. Read our preview at Kentucky vs Clemson.
The University of Kentucky men's football team would like the following to be made abundantly clear. Kentucky is no longer exclusively a basketball school. The football school has made its presence known.
Ok, I suppose hoops still reigns supreme at the UK. But with back to back bowl victories, the men's football program is officially a player at the University of Kentucky. And another good season could have the Wildcats poised for a step up from last year's 6-6 regular season record, and a possible above .500 regular season finish.
In order to take a step up from 2008, however, there's no new game plan to be written by the coaching staff. No, in fact, UK is going to have to rely on some of its old winning formulas, and some of its veteran returning players, but these players are going to have to bring more to the table, particularly on offense. And unfortunately, the lack of any real consistency out of the quarterback position means that it may, in fact, be that much harder for some of these players on offense to make the steps forward that are needed.
A key case in point here is the outstanding wide receiving corps, and a quarterback situation that has been too erratic to consistently distribute the ball to it. Indeed, the UK wide receiving group, while young, has the potential to develop into one of the strongest in the SEC, and that group is undoubtedly led by sophomore standout Randall Cobb.
Randall Cobb has the potential to be an electrifying playmaker if given the opportunity, and it is hoped that he will be positioned such that he is able to get the ball in his hands often enough that he is able to significantly impact the games. Fellow sophomore receiver Aaron Boyd also looks poised to make strides this season, as he recovers from some health issues that affected him last year.
As further evidence that the strengths of the UK team is with its fast, athletic components, the single best unit on the squad is more than likely that of the defensive backfield, another unit which is very highly regarded when compared to the remainder of the SEC. The secondary is unquestionably led by senior cornerback Trevard Lindley, who is widely regarded to be the single best player on the team. He is a true shut down corner that finds ways to make plays even with opposing defenses throwing away from him. Lindley is joined in the defensive backfield by teammates cornerback E.J. Adams and strong safety Ashton Cobb.
The real question remains, however. Can this team take the next step forward to getting to a regular season record that is over .500, en route to a 4th straight bowl appearance? The thinking here is that yes indeed, it can. Provided that the quarterback play is competent, and that the team wins all of the nonconference games that it has scheduled (a fairly beatable schedule of the likes of Eastern Kentucky, Louisiana Monroe, and Miami of Ohio), the team should be positioned to make a legitimate run at 7 wins and a chance for a 4th straight bowl win [last three bowl wins over Clemson, ECU and FSU -- thanks tmartin for that info :) ]
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