By LARRY VAUGHT
Media members revealed in the first part of this series on Kentucky football that they were a bit more optimistic about Mark Stoops’ program than many fans are after three straight losing seasons.
Today the same four media members weigh in on their biggest offseason concern for the football Wildcats.
Question: What remains your biggest concern about the team going into the offseason?
Keith Taylor, Kentucky Forward: “My biggest concern is on defense and if the defensive front can stop the run, a consistent issue last season. The secondary is top-heavy and will give opposing offenses, especially passing teams problems next season. Linebacker play also is a concern going into fall camp.”
Tom Leach, UK Radio Network/Leach Report: “The middle of the front seven on defense. The inside linebackers showed promise but the front guys on the inside will have to be better. UK may have one of its best secondaries in years but they have to be able to put opponents into must-pass situations to fully take advantage of that talent on the back on the defense.”
Freddie Maggard, Kentucky Sports Report: “Identifying a third offensive tackle for the offense. Cole Mosier has played well at left tackle with a body type to play on the right side. Defensively, too easy; interior defensive line. The White Team or substitute OL absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage. Some of that was due to simplistic schemes, but one-on-one matchups belonged to the offense. Again, all other position groups are legitimate.”
Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader: “The defensive front seven. UK knew it was going to take a big graduation hit, losing Cory Johnson, Melvin Lewis, Josh Forrest etc. … but Jason Hatcher getting thrown off the team was an unexpected loss. While I don’t think what happens in a spring game typically means much, it was eye-opening — and not in a good way — how effectively the White team (the backups) ran the ball on the Blue team defense (the starters).”