Kentucky football: Class dismissed on ULM so what grades do Wildcats get?

Kentucky's Wan'Dale Robinson
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J.J. Weaver #13 of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Defense: A-

Their first time on the field following the Levis interception the Wildcat defense seemed completely out of sorts and unsure of what was going on.

They allowed the Warhawks to travel 65 yards in 15 plays in a drive that took 5:01.

Whatever defensive coordinator Brad White and the rest of his coaches said to the team after that must have delivered a wake-up call.

In the ensuing 10 possessions, the Warhawks only totaled 22 total yards with all ending in punts until they gave up a 29-yard field goal by Calum Sutherland with 5 minutes left in the game.

Louisiana-Monroe’s longest play from scrimmage was a 15-yard pass from Rhett Rodriguez to Boogie Knight on their first drive of the game.

Stoops was a bit surprised when asked about that stat.

"“It didn’t feel like that, is that accurate with — do they have 63 plays on 87 yards? It felt a lot more aggravating than that. But it’s a credit to Coach (Brad) White and the staff. They were really — they really did a good job of preparing for many things. And I really credit Brad. They were well prepared for a lot of things. They knew they could see a lot of different things.”"

The only thing missing was an actual sack but the defense but did combine for 13 tackles for losses that were spread evenly.

Josh Paschal led the way with 7 tackles, while DeAndre Square (4 for a loss), Davonte Robinson, and Jordan Write each recorded six, while Yusif Corker added 5 tackles and 2 pass breakups and Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald chipped in with four tackles.

The Kentucky secondary was never really tested so we can’t really grade them yet.