[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Never have I been excited for a Spring game, until today. Yes I know part of that is because I got to sit in the media room during the game for the first time, but I also was hoping that I would see something that would get me excited for Kentucky football. Believe it or not, Joker’s Cats will give us something worth watching in the fall.
The most noticeable difference in the Cats is the change of playcalling style. I quit watching games when screens and draws became acceptable 3rd and long strategies. I got tired of watching Maxwell Smith use his arm to give the ball to Raymond Sanders or throw a short screen pass. Maxwell is no longer a quick fill-in because there’s nobody else: he is THE guy. Now the staff has faith in him to make big throws, and today he did, by throwing 29-45 with 353 yards and 2 TD’s. He did throw for 2 interceptions, but one was a tipped ball. The 16 incompletions is also very misleading, with 8 of them being drops.
We finally have playmakers. Yes, you heard me, playmakers, ones that are worth watching because they are freakish athletes. Demarco Robinson showed his speed, and the trust that Max Smith has in him today by catching 9 passes for 146 yards and 2 Touchdowns. Granted, LaRod King did not play today due to a sprained knee but one receiver being thrown to 14 times speaks volumes to his ability.
On Defense, Avery Williamson proved that losing Danny Trevathan will not be the death of the team. Avery had 8 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for loss. The next closest player on his team had 3 tackles. Avery was all over the field and the hearing the repetition of his name over the PA system was starting to get annoying. I may be a little biased because he’s my friend, but his size and strength make him a fun player to watch, and a player that will quickly make him a fan favorite.
For a more in-depth breakdown check-in to KSRCollege tomorrow and listen to KSR Monday Morning. Until then, Happy Saturday Night!
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