College Football Preview: The 2015 Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky Wildcats Football Preview 2014 Record 5-7
Overview: Kentucky’s 2014 season looked promising winning five out of their first six games. Then the Wildcats lost their last six games of the season for a record of 5-7. Their offense struggled to put up points and their defense struggled to stop teams from scoring. Kentucky has changed offense of coordinators and have hired former West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.
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Offense: Quarterback Patrick Towles will return for his junior year, he passed for 2718 yards with 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions last year. Running back Stanley Williams will likely be the lead back he rushed for 486 yards and 5 touchdowns last season while splitting carries with Braylon Heard who is gone now. Kentucky returns their top receiver Ryan Timmons who caught 45 passes for 536 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kentucky returns a lot of offensive players and with a new coordinator the Wildcats offense should improve.
Defense: Kentucky’s defense was unable to stop any team late in the season last year. They return Josh Forrest their leading tackler from last year, recording 110 tackles. Their going to have to replace their next two top tackles in Alvin Dupree and Za’Darius Smith, they combined for 135 tackles and 12 sacks. Kentucky will have to improve a lot on defense to have any shot contending in a tough SEC.
Special Teams: Kentucky returns both their kicker and punter. Punter Landon Foster averaged 42.6 yards a punt last season. Kicker Austin MacGinnis made 21 out of 27 field goals last year.
Overall: Kentucky is slowly becoming better in a tough SEC. But I still think they are awhile away from being a serious contender. The Wildcats have a very tough schedule and I do think they will be better then last year. I think Kentucky will have a more competitive season and may get a spot in a bowl game.