Kentucky Football Opening Game Preview

It’s almost time for FOOTBALL TIME IN THE BLUEGRASS!!! This Saturday Kentucky kicks off their season against the Toledo Rockets. This game is expected to be a very competitive game and one the Wildcats can’t look past. Bryant Koback will have his name called a lot and it’s a name most Wildcat fans will remember. He committed to Kentucky and was given a redshirt for the 2017 season. He then transferred to Toledo and as a redshirt freshman rushed for 917 yards and 14 touchdowns. He will also hear the name of senior tight end Reggie Gilliam. Gilliam was Second-Team All-MAC last year and led the nation with 4 blocked punts.

Stoops will get to see what the future looks like for his squad after Benny, Josh, and the whole secondary got drafted last year. We have a confident Terry Wilson that says that we are going to throw the ball a lot this year and I would say most of the looks are going to go to Lynn Bowden. Bowden will look to be our primary playmaker this year and could have a monster season! Our running back situation looks to be good with experienced AJ Rose listed as the starter and two really talented backups in Kavosiey Smoke and Chris Rodriguez. Tight ends Justin Rigg and Keaton Upshaw will no doubt be a integral part of the offense from blocking to catching passes which Vince Marrow seems to think they’ll do better than CJ Conrad. In the trenches on both sides of the ball Kentucky has experience and top level talent. We will see a lot of these guys drafted in the next few years. Linebackers led by Kash Daniel will continue to be solid and the one aspect of Kentucky’s roster that gives BBN the most worry is at defensive back. Tyrell Aijan, Yusuf Corker, Jordan Griffin, Jamari Brown, Cedrick Dort and MJ Devonshire are not names we’ve heard a lot about until this offseason and they will be tested early and often. To me, the key to our defense is stopping the run and providing pressure. That will alleviate most of the pressure that will be put on the DBs.

I expect this game to go like most home openers. I think Kentucky will come out a little slower than the fans would like but get things together and come out with the win. I also expect Toledo to stay in the game up until the very end. No matter what Kentucky needs to win to keep the momentum of the program going. This Saturday will be a lot of fun for anyone heading out to Kroger Field and I hope to see you all there!

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