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We've forecasted our own opinions on what next season will look like as Mark Stoops take the helm for his first live-action as the UK head coach. We've predicted what the teams record will be and we've seen recruit after recruit roll in. The 2014 recruiting class as been the talk of the
nation, but check out this piece as ESPN predicts the strong and weak points of next year's UK football squad
. Edward Aschoff tries to breakdown exactly where the Cats will excel and where they will struggle next season. Check out these excerpts:
Strongest position: Defensive line
Inside, Kentucky has starters Donte Rumph and Tristian Johnson return, along with the talented Mister Cobble, who showed vast improvement last year and this spring. Rumph registered four sacks and six tackles for loss last year, while Cobble and Johnson combined for 3.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. Two starters are gone outside, but Alvin Dupree is moving from linebacker to end. [...] Dupree is All-SEC material. And he'll have help from junior college transfer Za'Darius Smith [...]
Weakest position: Secondary and/or pass-catchers
The Wildcats are really hurting to find a consistent receiving threat now that La'Rod King is gone. Demarco Robinson and Daryl Collins will be in their third years this fall, and while they have big-play potential, they just haven't been able to live up to that potential. Yes, the quarterback play hasn't been great, but there comes a point where players have to step up and figure out a way to make plays.
As for the secondary, the Wildcats lost three starters and safety Ashely Lowery is working his way back onto the field after his horrific car accident. Both cornerback and safety are littered with youngsters, which means that incoming players will have a pretty good shot at getting valuable playing time. Regardless, the secondary is going to be younger and more inexperienced than Stoops would like in his first year.
I agree with a lot of what is said here. But as bad as some of these areas were last season, they can only go up from here.
What say you?