Kentucky Football: Wildcats need to fine tune all facets in polishing off Mocs

Kentucky wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Wildcat defense needs to pounce into opponents backfield wreaking havoc

It took nearly all of the Missouri game before the Kentucky defense could get through the Tiger offensive line and register a sack and tackle for loss.

That won’t cut the mustard when UK lines up against the big boys in the SEC if it has hopes of finishing second in the East.

We’re ready for Josh Paschal and his crew to bring the heat on Saturday. Getting at least five sacks and double-digit tackles for loss seems pretty realistic expectations.

Watching Mizzou quarterback Connor Bazelak 52 times to pass and never having a blue jersey wrap him up once for a sack until JJ Weaver got to him twice late in the game when Bazelak was running on fumes was frustrating.

Chattanooga won’t do that or be that successful so a full blow sack attack is in order.

Come on coach Brad White bring the heat, blitzes, and everything else you can dial up because your guys need some backfield stuffs. While the UK defense is ranked 10th in the nation and 4th in the SEC after allowing 242.5 yards per game, we are longing for more.

Tyrell Aijan, Yusuf Corker, Jacquez Jones, Devonte Robinson, and Deandre Square lead the team with 11 tackles each while Paschal has recorded 10 and Joran Wright nine.

We have witnessed the emergence of Weaver who we didn’t expect to see returning so soon from being injured along with bright contributions from Carrington Valentine and Octavius Oxendine.

One concern I have is the inability to also come up with the interceptions. Jones saved the day on Saturday when he picked off Bazelak on the Tigers opening drive of the second half.  Unfortunately, that is UK’s only INT of the year.