After Saturday nights much needed win for the Wildcats over Alabama State there were many things that the Cats did well, and not so well. Our running game seemed to be back to where it needs to be, but of course that was against a lack luster defense compared to the SEC caliber defenses we’ve been used to playing. There were a lot of big plays for both teams and the yards for Alabama State really hurt them in the long run of this game.
For my first Paw I would like to applaud freshman running back Jojo Kemp yet again as he showed why he is the Wildcats number 2 running back and possibly the running back for the future. His running with reckless abandon attitude really has put him as a viable option to go to whenever Kentucky needs some hard earned yards and he is always viable to break a big play whenever the ball is in his hands. In this game he had 74 yards rushing and a touchdown and seemed like he was running with a purpose all night long and that is something Cats fans love to see out of a young player.
The second Paw goes to quarterback Jalen Whitlow who stunned the Alabama State defense as he had an 88 yard rushing touchdown that showed everyone that he is back to normal and is taking Coach Stoops advice and playing through the pain no matter what. He led the team in rushing with 134 yards rushing on the ground with 2 touchdowns and added 186 yards in the air with another 2 touchdowns there. Whitlow though missed a lot of easy passes which he did not square his shoulders before releasing the ball and that will hurt him in the long run if he does not get that sorted out. There were a lot of missed opportunities that would’ve led to points if he had gotten the ball where it needed to be as our wide receivers did an incredible job of getting open but he will start connecting on those passes as he gets back into the swing of things after his injury.
Lastly the 3rd Cats Paw goes to the Wildcats defense as a whole, they played an incredible ball game in my eyes as they were competing throughout. The front 7 played well as they had 2 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries to their credit and were very disciplined with their assignments and gaps. Our secondary played very well also, minus the big plays they were staying on their man and in their correct zones which is something that they have been struggling with all year long. The secondary had a forced fumble and 4 pass breakups and were reading the quarterbacks eyes very well throughout.