What players have to make big jump for Stoops’ Cats?

Matt Elam's play could be just what the UK defense needs next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matt Elam’s play could be just what the UK defense needs next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)


What player or players do selected Kentucky media members think have to make a big jump in August for Kentucky to be successful next season?

Tom Leach, UK Radio Network/Leach Report: “We’ve seen players make transformations over the summer in the past and this would be a great time for Matt Elam to take it to another level in preparing himself to be a force in the middle of the defensive line come August.  And other interior defensive linemen making that big jump would also be a big plus because the Cats.”

Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader: “The entire middle of the defensive front, and I’m sure people will focus especially on Matt Elam because of his recruiting profile.”

Keith Taylor, Kentucky Forward: “Boom Williams and the receivers, namely Garrett Johnson and Jeff Badet will need to build on the spring they each had in order for the Wildcats to establish a legitimate passing game. Didn’t see as many dropped passes during spring workouts, also a bonus for the new offensive coaching staff.”

Freddie Maggard, Kentucky Sports Radio: “Offensive tackle and the defensive line in entirety. If those two improve or develop, Kentucky has the surrounding skill talent to win some games.”


  1. Oline has to improve big time. UK better find some tackles.

    1. I agree LP. We can’t afford to get beat on the edge. Along those same lines… some creative offensive scheming can help curb that deficiency and I think Gran and Hinshaw are up to that task.
      I’m more worried about the D line. Too hard to make it through four quarters if our opponents are able to repeatedly run it up the gut.

      Semper Fi my friend.

      GO CATS !

      1. Thanks Norman, Football time draws ever closer.

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