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Congratulations to the Kentucky Wildcats -- on their 5th straight bowl bid. That was great. Unfortunately, Kentucky was dominated in the Compass Bowl by Pitt, losing 27-10 to finish with a losing record (6-7) for the first time since 2005. All eyes now are on Junior Randall Cobb, wondering if he will skip his SR season and go pro now. If so, Joker Phillips and UK football are in for a long season in 2011.

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Nothing would please Wildcat fans more than to stretch their school-record of four consecutive bowl appearances to five at the end of the 2010 season considering the long list of key players Kentucky looks to replace this fall. As Joker Phillips transitions from assistant to the head coach position, replacing retired Rich Brooks, it will be a critical time in the rebuilding of the defense and strengthening an offense that will be counted on to be the more reliable of the two sides of the team.

There are some big shoes to fill on the Wildcat defense in both performance and leadership. When you lose your top four senior defenders, it can snuff your previous momentum. Without linebackers Micah Johnson who amassed 277 tackles in his UK career, and Sam Maxwell with 6 interceptions in 2009, the Wildcats will look to redshirt freshman Qua Huzzie from LaGrange, GA and junior Ronnie Sneed to fill Johnson’s spot. Sneed build up some stats in eight games of play in ‘09 with 14 tackles. A favorite to replace Maxwell was Matt Lentz a promising safety who has decided to leave football due to concussion issues. Lentz played in 25 games in the past two years and accumulated 46 tackles and 2 interceptions. Also on the list of exiting defense, cornerback Trevard Lindley with his 185 career tackles and 10 interceptions and defensive tackle Corey Peters with 146 career tackles, 56 of those in the 2009 season. While Lindley fought an injury in ’09, junior Randall Burden gained some playing time with 36 tackles and 2 interceptions priming him as a promising replacement. Senior Shane McCord with 13 tackles and 1 interception last season is set to fill in for Peter’s departure.

On the offense, staying with a common theme in the SEC this year, the Wildcats look to solidify their quarterback position. Senior Mike Hartline is back from a knee injury that side lined his 2009 season but he has some competition for the slot from sophomore Morgan Newton and redshirt freshman Ryan Mossakowski. As a starter last season Newton went 5 and 2 with 75 completions, 706 yards and 6 touchdowns, but struggled with consistency. Mossakowski holds a lot of promise even with recent shoulder surgery, but has yet to play in a SEC game. Right now it looks like experience and faster reaction might propel Hartline into the starting position come fall.

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Coach Phillips and first year offensive line coach Mike Summers also need to recognize four new starting offensive linemen. Gone on the line are starting tackles Zipp Duncan and Justin Jeffries in addition to guard Chrisitian Johnson and center Jorge Gonzalez. This leaves one returning starter in Stuart Hines. Senior Brad Durham with 7 starts in the past two seasons will likely take the right tackle spot and junior Billy Joe Murphy is a forerunner for the other tackle position. The Wildcats are hopeful that Jake Lanefski can recover from a knee injury and step into guard or possibly center. Senior Marcus Davis is also considered for play at center.

On the positive notes when it comes to moving the ball offensively are returning players Derrick Locke(RB) and Randall Cobb (WR). Locke may not be getting the attention he deserves in the SEC, but he is certainly proving his talent with his stats. Locke racked up 907 yards with 6 touchdowns last year and shows no signs of slowing down in the upcoming season. Randall Cobb had 39 receptions for 447 yards with 4 touchdowns and was also effective in running out of the shotgun formation.

Newcomers to keep an eye on include: Tim Patterson (LB) one of the state’s top recruits with good lateral range and intensity might get a chance to play earlier than expected. Returning to the Bluegrass State transferring from Minnesota, where he earned playing time in 3 games as a reserve defensive lineman, is Terrell Combs (TE). Kentucky is getting a great package of kicker/punter in Joe Mansour from LaGrange, GA. Mansour could handle either or both positions with his leg strength and accuracy.

The Wildcat fans will be pleased at the end of the 2010-11 season as their squad makes improvements in their passing game and builds back their deteriorated defensive talent. Kentucky will return to a bowl game for the fifth consecutive year. But playing in the SEC is not for the apprehensive, and for the Wildcats to improve on their 3-5 conference record of 2009, they will need to optimize their returning talent and jump start their future stars. Their schedule includes 6 consecutive conference games; the month of October, albeit with 3 home games in a row, will be tough. Kentucky heads into the new season as #10 overall in the SEC.

Kentucky Wildcat 2010-11 Football Schedule
Bold= Home Game.     *=Conference
Date Vs.
9/4 Louisville
9/11 Western Kentucky
9/18 Akron
9/25 Florida*
10/2 Ole Miss*
10/9 Auburn*
10/16 South Carolina*
10/23 Georgia*
10/30 Mississippi State*
11/6 Charleston Southern
11/13 Vanderbilt*
11/27 Tennessee*

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