By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s defensive line led by nose guard Quinton Bohana was expected to be a major team strength this year for the Wildcats.
Against Toledo, Kentucky gave up two early touchdown drives before the front started to get more pressure on the quarterback and help shut down the offense.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops thought the unit did “some good things” has to continue to progress this week against Eastern Michigan.
“There’s some issues that we will get fixed, where we got to make the trip, so to speak, you know what I mean? They didn’t get to where they need to to cut things off,” Stoops said. “Our rush lanes were a little sloppy at times.
“We’re getting past the quarterback a little bit. With a guy like that that can scramble, we got to be a little more disciplined. There’s things we’ll get fixed.”
Still, it’s not like he is ready to give up on the defensive front.
“Pretty solid in just predictable run situations. They had some yards, but in college football you have to count the quarterback, so it’s not like we’re living in La La Land or something, you know. The quarterback runs in college football. It’s just the way it is. So you better account for him,” Stoops said.
“But there’s also real problems if there’s running and predictable running and they’re running the ball at you, and that really wasn’t too much of the case. I thought we were pretty stout in the predictable run situations.”
It was the first game for new defensive coordinator Brad White and Stoops thought he did a “nice” job in his coordinator debut.
“He had some things, some tweaks to what we do defensively that made them a little uncomfortable and made them play a little bit left-handed. And then our guys are pretty big and strong in general, so that better be one of our strengths throughout the season, is our run defense,” Stoops said.