Kentucky football: Night of horror in blowout loss leaves season in serious flux

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis (Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)
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Rich Scangarello play calling has handcuffed Levis and the UK offense

Kentucky football fans need and deserve answers as to exactly what is up with the absurd play-calling by offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello.

What Liam Cohen did in one season with Will Levis elevating him to being at the top of the NFL draft board talk, Scangarello is just as quickly knocking him off.

Last year we accepted the interceptions Levis threw because he was the leader on the field, he and Cohen were in sync and Cohen gave him a very long leash to freelance and do his thing on the field.

This year Scangarello has him handcuffed and very frustrated.

Yes, we have Chris Rodriguez to run the ball but the sequences of play-calling have everyone scratching their heads. Running when we should be throwing the ball and more importantly not allowing Levis to uncork the ball downfield.

The graduate transfer can heave it 80 yards, however against Tennessee his longest completion was 24 yards to Jordan Dingle and 16 yards to JuThan McClain with most of those coming after the catch.

Tennessee’s weak secondary was well documented, yet Scangarello never attempted to exploit that. The Vols had the worst pass defense ranked No. 130 out of 131 teams in FBS before the game.

Trying to throw the ball in the closing two minutes of the first half and stopping the clock with drops instead of just running out the clock knowing Kentucky got the ball to start the second half resulted in a pick and Tennessee touchdown.

All you see is Scangarello and Levis sitting on the sidelines and talking after the drive’s stall. It just seems like a total disconnect.