It is no secret that Kentucky Wildcats football has been less-than-steller of late. However, since the arrival of Mark Stoops and an excellent staff, things have been looking up as the culture is changing around the program. It is the hope of the staff that this coming season, some more improvement will be seen, and will hopefully come in the form of a higher scoring, faster paced, and more efficient offense. While last season seemed like a disaster on offense, there was actually improvement all around from the previous season, which is something that surprised even me looking into it more.
Thanks to John Clay, it is possible to look at the offense and the numbers they put up going all the way back to Hal Mumme in 1997. Looking at these numbers, we find some interesting facts about last seasons offense. The rushing offense last season wasn’t the worst in that time frame…by far. Ten times since 1997, the offense has had less yards per carry than the 4.1 it averaged last season. The passing game? Well, there are four years worse than that of last season, which is saying something considering the choppy rhythm of Neal Brown’s first year at the helm. The total offense finished the same as the passing offense, as there were four years that averaged less than the 315 yards per game last season.
The one shining spot in this whole thing is that, across the board, the offense improved from Joker Phillips last season to Mark Stoops first. It is the hopes of every member of the staff and every member of the Big Blue Nation that this trend continues this season. Otherwise, it’s going to be another long year. Check out below for the year-by-year numbers for Kentucky’s offense, out together by John Clay.