Kentucky Football: Then and Now

Dec 2, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops waves to fans before being introduced a the new football coach at the University of Kentucky in the Nutter Field House. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

This time last year, would you believe that we would have the 16th ranked recruiting class of 2014 (according to Rivals.com) and a legitimate shot at landing Drew Barker? Many people would not have even dreamed that. But, Mark Stoops is making major progress with recruiting at Kentucky, much like he did at Florida State. Not only is the recruiting better than last year, so is the attendance.
Granted, the football team last year lacked depth and maybe some talent, however this year’s team brings pretty of excitement to the program. Even breaking the attendance record for the blue-white game with 50,831 fans (according to Kentucky.com) showing up for the game. Last season the attendance for the blue-white game was less 4,000 fans. Needless to say, fans are excited to see what coach Stoops can do for the program.

Instead of wondering what recruits Kentucky could get for the program or how the program could grow in the near future, this time last year, most fans were wondering how that the football team could maintain a winning record. Especially after the loss of Randall Cobb to the NFL draft in 2011, Joker Phillips’ teams slowly started to lose talent and depth. Therefore, fans didn’t have much to look forward to and fans had to also sit through some pretty embarrassing games as hard as it was. However, thanks to coach Stoops, we now have plenty to look forward to and hopefully in the very near future will become a presence in the Southeastern Conference. Regardless how long it takes, the future looks very bright for the Kentucky football team.

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Topics: 2013 Kentucky Wildcats Football, BBN, Big Blue Nation, Football, Kentucky Wildcats Football, Stoops, University Of Kentucky

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