Kentucky Football: Spring Game Musings

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Oct 5, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Jojo Kemp (3) rushes past South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Skai Moore (10) in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 5, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Jojo Kemp (3) rushes past South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Skai Moore (10) in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

 

Yesterday’s Spring Game was a good look at the 2014  Kentucky Wildcats football squad. It’s fair to say that there was plenty of entertainment for those in attendance with the offense clicking a good bit and Big Z getting a pick (six). Avery Williamson was on hand.  Many were out tailgating early and hard, so in case your senses weren’t at their best yesterday, here are my observations from the Spring Game:

  • Patrick Towles looks light years better than he did at this time last year. He looks to be in control of the offense, he is much more accurate and the ball is coming out of his hand so much faster than before. That last point was his main weakness and he seems to have worked hard to get his feet right and speed up his throwing motion. Reese Phillips looks approximately the same as he did in the last Spring Game and in practice. That’s not a bad thing, he has similar attributes to Seth Doege, Neal Brown’s last QB at Texas Tech. Not the most physically impressive player, Brown squeezed every drop of production out of Doege and could do the same with Phillips. Drew Barker looked exactly like fans should have expected, a kid who is supposed to be in high school but has enough talent to make a play here and there.
  • The running back position is STACKED. You appear to have four starting-quality backs on the depth chart right now and Boom Williams coming in the fall. Maybe most impressive is that there were no fumbles in the game. JoJo Kemp was electric, it was nice to see him playing healthy for the first time at UK. It was our first look at Braylon Heard and he did not disappoint, looking just as good as Kemp while offering a little power. Josh Clemons showed that he still has the skills that we saw from him as a freshman, he still has a nose for the end zone. Freshman Mikel Horton runs a little high but showed that he is much more than just a power back, they will find a place on the field for him this Fall.
  • The offensive line looked good. After hearing about Ramsey Meyers for a year, seeing him play with the first team was impressive. But perhaps more impressive was how well the second team offensive line performed against the first team defense. The middle of that defensive line is unproven but Bud Dupree, ZaDarius Smith and Jason Hatcher are high quality defensive ends and the backup tackles held their own.
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