As a Kentucky fan, we’re not used to having a talented football team year in and year out. But this is our chance to build Kentucky football into a respectful and dangerous team, especially coming off a 10-3 season and a Citrus Bowl victory. On the offensive end, Kentucky lost essentially Benny but they placed him with Smoke and Rose. Our defensive may be weaker due to losing pretty much our most important assets but to say that they’ll fall from 10-3 to 5-7 is just so disrespectful. Phil Steele is a idiot, the same idiot that said Missouri would make a bowl game even though they’re banned. Kentucky has the chance to be something special, so let’s take a look at how they can be.
First off, their schedule is a tad easier than last season. They have their rivals, Louisville, Florida, and Tennessee at home while traveling to Mississippi State, Georgia, and South Carolina. Kentucky will win four of those six games…with losses probably coming to Georgia and Mississippi State if I had to guess. But our good pal Phil claims Kentucky will only win five games and he states that the loss of our defense is too major to recover yet Mark Stoops has had an inexperienced defense every season besides last and we’ve still been able to reach the seven wins. But this year is different, mainly because our offense is so much better.
Terry Wilson has what it takes to be an elite quarterback. He is tall, athletic, and can run the RPO offense which the NFL seems to be leaning towards. He has the arm to make the downfield threat but you really never know where his ball will go. He has experienced the lowest of lows, including his season opener against Central Michigan where he went 11-18 with only 78 yards and 2 interceptions but he also has had his highlights when he beat Florida at the Swamp by throwing two touchdowns and running for one more. Terry has shown he has what it takes, especially against Kentucky’s rival opponents. To say he is the worst quarterback in the SEC after he led Kentucky into the Swamp to defeat Franks and the Gators to end a long streak. To have Franks ranked above Terry is just as disrespectful as having Terry last.
If you look at Terry’s stats last season, the games he struggled in seemed to be the games that Benny excelled (minus Louisville where everyone killed it). Benny Snell was the best running back to come through Kentucky, we will not find another like him for a while. But what Kentucky does have is AJ Rose. AJ perfectly complements Terry. He is not the elite runner that Benny was, but he has the ability to be more effective in the passing game. No offense to Benny at all, like I said he was the best Kentucky has had, but he struggled in the passing game. Rose will perfectly complement Terry due to his ability to turn upfield and be more of a dual threat where Benny would just run over everyone.
So as the disrespect rolls in, let’s just remember this team. Last year they were underrated and they strived on proving everyone wrong…I have a feeling it will be the same this year. So call Terry the worst in the SEC, say they won’t be in a bowl game, say they’ll only win five games…because at the end of the day this team will again prove everyone wrong and we’ll all be able to laugh at the joke Phil Steele is.