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Cats have to know State will be throwing a lot

Kentucky’s defense has to know Mississippi State is going to throw a lot on Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mississippi State might not know exactly who will start at quarterback — it could be senior Tommy Stevens who has been plagues with injuries or true freshman Garrett Shrader making his first SEC start — but no matter who it is odds are the Bulldogs are going to be throwing the football against a Kentucky defense that ranks 101st in the nation in passing defense.

Kentucky lost its top five players from last year’s secondary to graduation and had its top returning player injured in the preseason. The Cats have given up 268 yards per game passing in their first three games and two teams — Eastern Michigan (337) and Florida (300) have hit for 300 yards the last two weeks.

The secondary — which starts two sophomores — figured to be UK’s biggest weakness this season and certainly has been even though coach Mark Stoops says he has seen signs of improvement.

Kentucky’s defense has been stouter against the run. The Cats held 136 yards to Florida but 76 yards came on a touchdown run in the final minutes.

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  1. Have to find a way to put more pressure on the QB’s. Most are still too comfortable back there.

    1. Franks didn’t look too comfortable to me, and the cry baby got a little sack time too. Targeting calls at critical times and a missed FG doomed the Cats.

  2. Our secondary has the opportunity to take a step forward tomorrow, but it would help if we could get more of a pass rush.

  3. This UK defense has already racked up 7 sacks so far this season for 51 yards if my numbers are correct. They need to add a few more today against the Bulldogs in Starkville.

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