By LARRY VAUGHT
Going into the 2018 football season, most national media members were wondering if Kentucky could win six games despite returning a veteran roster that featured players like Josh Allen and Benny Snell.
Of course, UK had a historic season with 10 wins, top 15 national ranking and New Year’s Day bowl win. Five players got drafted, including Allen at No. 7 overall.
But all the early 2019 predictions have Kentucky dropping off dramatically after losing Allen, Snell, five defensive backs and two starting offensive linemen. The Cats didn’t get a mention in preseason top 25 teams while many teams they beat last year did.
Saturday Down South writer Conner O’Gara recently picked Kentucky as the “most underrated college football team heading into 2019.” He cited Mark Stoops’ “superb” coaching as the biggest reason for his optimism.
Snell became UK’s all-time leading rusher, Allen had 17 sacks and was the consensus national defensive player of the year. Kentucky has no reason to expect that from anyone this year.
However, to me Stoops was especially “swaggy” during spring practice and has offered no excuses going into next season. I think he likes this team a lot more than national media members — and probably even UK fans — do.
Am I expecting another 10-win season? No. Am I expecting a losing season? No.
Kentucky has holes to fill I think writing off Kentucky as a one-hit wonder is going to be wrong.