Last Saturday started out as a great day for Kentucky football I have never seen the excitement level as high as it was Friday, and Saturday leading up to the game Saturday night in Nashville. I was a bit nervous all week not because of the opponent, but who the coach was on the other sideline, and my worries were proven right.
Bobby Petrino had his whole first half scripted, and had been prepping for Kentucky for almost a month and half, and WKU came out and smacked us in the mouth from the beginning of the game. Props to Petrino, and WKU for the game plan, but enough with that game, because it’s in the past.
Saturday is a new day, and I am just as excited as I was in week 1, but this weekend is a must win for this young team. Miami(OH) got pounded last weekend by Marshall 52-14 so I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t win, but you never know with Kentucky football.
I am excited for the return of Maxwell Smith under center, and hopefully he can show the leadership this team so desperately needs. Smith kind’ve made Kentucky fans nervous at media day when he told media members that “He would never been 100% again, and he wasn’t practicing the whole time”, but he showed promise when he came in for Jalen Whitlow during the 4th quarter of the WKU game.
Jalen Whitlow is a playmaker, and we have to let him make plays like Randall Cobb did so many times for us when we couldn’t move the ball. I expect to still see him at QB some, but I think we could see him catching passes from Maxwell Smith a lot during the game on Saturday.
Something I am nervous about is our defensive line, and I have to admit I was very disappointed in the way they performed in the WKU game, after so much pre-season hype. Hopefully Za’Darius Smith, and Mister Cobble can narrow the gaps that were exposed last week.
All in all I know this will take time under Stoops because Joker Phillips,and staff left us with not a lot to work with, but I am as hopeful as ever that Stoops, and company will get it done.