BTI's Rants and Ramblings: How Much Have the Cats Improved Under Stoops?

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Nord with Joker after snapping the streak against Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Weaver | Ky Kernel) © Mark Zerof Can we all agree that the last year of the Joker Phillips era might have been the low point of post-2000 UK football?  There was not really a single positive to come from that season other than the fact that Joker was canned and we got a fresh start with Mark Stoops.  So with that said I think it's fair to expect that Mark Stoops program should be better at pretty much every single position and statistical category as where Joker left the program.  But is that the case? Below are the major statistical categories with the averages/totals from Joker's final season (2012) and in each of Stoops' 3 years.  Has the program improved in all areas or at least seen improvement from year to year in the last 3: POINTS PER GAME (increased 2 of 3 years, up 6.8 ppg from Joker) 2015: 24.7 2014: 29.2 2013: 20.5 ------------- 2012: 17.9 POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME (decreased in 1 of 3 years, down 3.6 ppg from Joker) 2015: 27.4 2014: 31.2 2013: 31.2 ------------- 2012: 31.0 YARDS PER RUSH (increased 1 of 3 years, up 0.6 yards per rush from Joker) 2015: 4.7 2014: 4.1 2013: 4.1 ------------- 2012: 4.1 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME increased 3 of 3 years, up 23.9 ypg from Joker) 2015: 162.7 2014: 153.2 2013: 147.9 ------------- 2012: 138.8 PASSING YARDS PER GAME (increased 2 of 3 years, up 33.1 ypg from Joker) 2015: 209.3 2014: 231.2 2013: 193.4 -------------- 2012: 176.2 PASSING TDS (increased 1 of 3 years, down 3 from Joker) 2015: 10 2014: 14 2013: 14 ------------- 2012: 13 AVERAGE YARDS PER PLAY (increased 3 of 3 years, up 0.7 yards from Joker) 2015: 5.5 2014: 5.4 2013: 5.3 ------------ 2012: 4.8 YARDS PER GAME (increased 2 of 3 years, up 57 yards per game from Joker) 2015: 372.0 2014: 384.3 2013: 341.3 ------------- 2012: 315.0 SACKS (increased 1 of 3 years, down 10 sacks from Joker) 2015: 17 2014: 27 2013: 23 ------------- 2012: 27 3RD DOWN CONVERSION (increased 2 of 3 years, down 3% from Joker) 2015: 37% 2014: 34% 2013: 31% ------------- 2012: 40% Good news: Rushing attack getting better each year, overall offensive play improved dramatically over 3 years despite upheaval in OC position Bad news: Defense finally improved in Year 3 but D-line play not improving, passing game took step back last year

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