The State of Kentucky Football
After a blow out against Fake Auburn AKA University of Tennessee Martin (Look at those knock off uniforms over there) Cayuts Nation was talking about going bowling. By "Cayuts Nation" I'm talmbout this guy Will I know who I met through my buddy Al. I kind of laughed to myself when he said that but now that I think about it, it may be possible. Here is what I saw from the Cats yesterday.
- Patrick Towles is a gutsy QB. He runs hard into opposing linebackers. If he does that in the SEC he will not be long for this world. He needs to learn how to slide ... or die. If he does, he will actually be a pretty effective dual threat QB because along with some pretty expressive running he threw the ball pretty well today.
Offensive Coordinator Neil Brown runs a spread offense which demands the QB to read the entire field and spread the ball to everyone. Towles did hit seven different receivers yesterday but that distribution is deceptive. Towles was looked in on Sophomore receiver Ryan Timmons early an often. He led the Cats with 10 catches for 95 yards. The other five of those seven receivers only had one catch and Dorian Baker came in second on the team for receptions with two.
The two throws to true Freshman Dorian Baker were Towles most impressive to me. His first throw to Baker was a laser. Baker didn’t get enough depth on the route but Towles fired the ball to him with perfect velocity, timing, and placement forcing Baker to actually make the catch in the endzone (actually on the plane) for a TD.
Towles and Baker got the ball down to the one yard line after a nice catch by Dorian Baker. Towles threw Baker open with a beautiful pass. Baker was blanketed down the field but left a pocket of open space between him and the sideline and kept the guy covering him on his left hip toward the hashmarks. Towles threw the pass into the pocket Baker left open to his right, allowing him to separate from his defender and haul the pass in over his right shoulder. That was an NFL throw right there. Unfortunately, Towles was sacked on third down after his line was blown up and MacGinnis missed the chip shot field goal. Towles should have had two TD passes on the day but TE Steve Borden dropped a wide open TD catch on third down. MacGinnis proceeded to miss that kick too.
Overall I think Towles threw the team on his back today. He wasn't the second coming of Tim Couch or anything. Some of his passes would have been batted down or picked off against a better defense. There were also some communication breakdowns as he sent passes either behind or over the heads of receivers running a different route or not out of their breaks yet. It is hard to say who was at fault in those cases but I'm sure it wasn't always his receivers being on the wrong page. I give Towles a B for the day.
-On the Boom Williams TD run Neil Brown split the receivers in a split stack, The corners lined up in man coverage and the safeties both lined up head up outside the hashmarks. Towles took the snap out of the shotgun and gave Boom the inside handoff on the read option, 74 fired of the line into the second level and devoured the LB at the point of attack and boom fly past Javon Johnson who was responsible for Towles on the option and didn’t read the play fast enough to come up and fill. Boom would have scored that TD if the game was one hand touch.
-Blake Bone (Woodruff SC) got Oooh'd by Javon Johnson over the middle in the first quarter. He made the catch but got laid out on the turf for a few minutes but eventually he rubbed some dirt, on it like a Carolina boy’s sposed to, and came back to play later.
Definition of Oooh'd: A play that makes everyone be all like "Ooooh"
- Bud Dupree is hard to block, plays with very bad intentions, and has a propensity for violent collisions with QB's and RB's behind the line of scrimmage. He was the leader of the defense on Saturday. A defense that dominated the line of scrimmage against a smaller weaker offensive line the way they were supposed to.
- Ohio's Daz Patterson had a huge drop at the UK 41, negating what would have been a 40- yard completion. He ran right by the secondary. He made up for it later in the game by embarrassing the Cats secondary with a disgusting Marshawn Lynch type effort as he juked than ran over defenders trying to strip him of the football on a screen pass with about 12 minutes left in the third. Not much else to really write about from the Ohio side. They were difficult to watch.
U of L: Louisville is good. Murray State is not a D1 FBS squad. I’m not writing much about this. I even sold my tickets for $12.50 a piece and I feel guilty for fleecing the couple I sold them to. Petrino pulled the starters in the second quarter and the fourth string QB saw action. Nothing to see here people move along.