By KEITH PEEL
Let me start by saying I was a big Mark Stoops fan when he was hired. It looked like a “home run” hire to me. I am also a big Eddie Gran fan.
That being said, facts always help to keep my emotions in check. Facts bring me back to the reality of the situation. After UK football’s third SEC game I thought I would check the facts.
Here is what I found. UK is averaging 10 points per game against SEC opponents. That is 13th best in the SEC. Vanderbilt is ranked 14th at 8 points per game.
According to the NCAA website, UK is currently 92nd in scoring offense out of 128 teams in the FBS. To add a little perspective to our current situation UK was 60th in scoring in 2014-2015 which was Neal Brown’s last year as offensive coordinator. Last year with the oft-maligned Shannon Dawson as the offensive coordinator Kentucky ranked 95th in scoring offense. That compares similarly to where we are today.
To add a little additional perspective to the situation in the last year of the Joker Phillips era UK’s offense ranked 116th in scoring offense.
The bottom line is the today’s UK offense hasn’t moved the needle much from the Joker Phillips era and has taken several steps back from the time that Neal Brown was running the offense.
Until I checked the facts I don’t think I would have believed that was possible. It’s always good to check the facts to gain a little different perspective.