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call me crazy, laugh at me or just say I'm nuts! But this is the first time in years that I've thought a UK football team actually looks like a SEC team at every position. Not saying they'll play like one but they have the look even on the 2 deep.
After talking to some of the players and to Jarmon, I think this team is going to surprise alot of people. The team has had a chip on their shoulders all off season and the incoming freshmen have it too. All you really need is two or three REAL leaders and I think this team has at least that.
Interesting thoughts guys. If Jarmon thinks these guys are players we may be on to something. Thanks for sharing.
I agree. I've been looking at the photo galleries, and most of our players appear to be extremely solidly built. Thick arms and legs, but most importantly, a strong core. Even our freshmen appear to be in phenomenal shape. There are a bunch of men on this team, finally. That's the way it's gotta be to compete on a weekly basis in the SEC.
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We know the offense had to improve from last year. The defense should not have significant drop off. Return game had to improve (couldn't be worse....see offense) the punter is an unknown but from all accounts the freshman has the talent. The fg kicking is in good shape. I see 6-6 at least and better than that especially if real playmakers ( Collins Robinson ) step up on O. Thats how I see it. And I think these kids are sick and tired of having their coach talked about and trashed by certain fans and media. People will be blown away by how hard this group will play for this staff IMO
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I think we will see improvement, but I think next year is our year.
Couldn't disagree with your thought. UK is talented just inexperienced IMO. But they look the part.
Either way I'm excited...love when we compete on a regular basis and pull the upsets. 2013 will be a fun year
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Agreed. Only question will be if the young olineman will be ready to replace Warford and Smith. Plus, that season UK would currently be sitting at only 13 seniors with 4 of them at TE and a couple others, at least on paper and as of now, might not be seeing regular playing time, which makes '14 even scarier. However, just excited to get this season started with and watching the young talent.
We just have a lot of youth and inexperience. I would love to believe that we will be competitive in the SEC East this year, but I want to emphasize that it is the SEC EAST. Even by making big strides, you don't just take the SEC East by storm.
This is the second consecutive year that on media day, UK had clearly brought in guys that pass the look test. Definitely couldn't be said in years past.
Have to admit I agree with this for the most part. UK could surprise some people this year but they're still very, very young. But a solid foundation is definitely in place.
That said, the more game reps this team gets, the better they're going to become.
So should 2014...and 2015....quality depth is being built before our eyes.
I am not saying this from a negative standpoint because I support this staff, but if these players go all out on the field, the play-calling on both sides of the line need to reflect this too. We cannot be conservative, we cannot get a lead and play to keep from losing. I want this staff to be aggressive in their calls and have confidence to make the call that will WIN the game not just continue it. I love this team.
I agree as well. A lot of solid pieces are in place to be better than expected this year. But next year is when I think we will see it come together.
The big if, IMO, for this year, is QB play. I know we are young in the secondary and the lb'ers. Our O-line has some question of depth. But I really think they will come together well enough to be formidable. The question is will we have a QB that can win the game? We aren't talented enough and experienced enough yet to afford a QB that won't lose it, we need one to go win it. We have the talent at the position, but when will it click?
Not to rain on the parade but "looks" don't win games. Its just like horse racing, seldom does the best looking horse win the race.
Until UK has a "proven" QB that can beat teams either with great play calling, great throwing, or running they will have trouble scoring. And with unknown WR's that can catch the ball the season can go either way IMHO. The defense has to play much better especially in the trenches and everyone knows just how young the secondary will be. UK must find a way to rush the passer with such a young secondary.
The one bright spot appears to be running back but Joker has a history of being very conservative and run a lot of time when many think he needs to pass. Maybe this year he will open up the offense. But again, that is another unknown.
Just way to many unknown at almost every position.
Just beat Louisville and start the season on a high for the freshman and then things can happen fast.
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Good points. Every year we hear this but the only thing that matters are the results on the field.
I don't think you read the thread very closely? All I said was this is the first time I can remember that a UK football team looks like a SEC team. I didn't say it would equate into wins, but I sure as hell hope it does. They pass the look test but they still have to perform on the field.
I want success this year! Next year is next year. Let's start winning this year and deal with 2013 when it arrives.
Sometimes when you least expect a team to be good, they surprise you. I think this will be the case this year. Look at where this team is ranked in the SEC. The pressure they have is what they put upon themselves and they are putting a lot pressure on themselves to prove the media and the doubters wrong. I look for this to be a much improved team. Must get the W's though.
The missing link has been the failures of the WR's and all of the injuries on the O-line. If those two components can perform anywhere close to well then we can have a good season.
I did read it closely and I am not discounting your opinion that this looks like an SEC team. I also didn't put words in you mouth about getting more wins because of it. Just my opinion about the "how much better we look," statements that really have not translated into success on the field.
We have heard it every year since about Brooks' third year, that we are "bigger, faster, stronger", so and so has transformed his body, the freshmen class passes the look test. Our own head coach shot expectations through the roof last year with his comments at governor's cup luncheon/golf outing and throughout camp. I am cautiously optimistic about this group and excited to get the season started.
If Joker can prove that he can win with his guys, then we are going to have a great time and UK won't have a problem sellling tickets. The talent level is getting better and better. Combine that with the fact that if Joker proves to be worthy, he will be around for nearly 20 years.
We're closer than we've ever been to having staying power. Whether Joker can see it through will depend if he can get some wins this year. I'm cautiously optimistic we'll get 6 wins. Anything more than that I will be floored.
Pax, I totally understand what you are saying. But this has nothing to do with what the coaches are saying. We or me as (fans) are saying it. It doesn't really mean much. I just think this team has a totally different look than those in the past. That's all.
That's how long it has taken us to get to this point and we have improved "the look" for the most part since Brooks. Life in the SEC. We had a hiccup when 08/09/10 Classes didnt' fully pan out. But we're closer now than we've ever been to having depth at all positions.
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