KSR's top offensive player
Matt Roark
Associate Publisher
Posted Nov 30, 2011
Keith Bays


Kentucky Sports Reports recognizes the top player on the offensive side of the ball

Choosing the top offensive player presented many challenges.

First, Kentucky's offense was plagued with injuries throughout the season; which made it difficult for a number of players to get the playing time necessary to rack up big numbers.

Second, coach Randy Sanders' crew put up very anemic numbers this season.

Given the number of players with sub par years, we chose to go with a guy that went above and beyond what was expected of him.

The player chose is the only Wildcat to rack up 100 yard games in both receiving and rushing this season.

Our top player on the offensive side of the ball? Wide receiver Matt Roark.

It didn't hurt Roark's cause that he was forced to play quarterback when both Max Smith and Morgan Newton were unable to play against Tennessee and led the Wildcats to their first victory over the Vols since coach Joker Phillips was a senior in 1984.

Roark struggled early in the season, but came on strong when Smith took over at quarterback and became one of Smith's favorite targets.

With Smith unable to go against Tennessee, after being pummeled by Georgia's defenders the previous Saturday, Roark moved behind center and took over Smith's duties as signal caller. Utilizing the running game that the Kentucky staff came up with following Smith's injury and implemented in just three days of practice Roark led the Wildcats to the 10-7 victory.

Roark had played quarterback in high school under current Kentucky receivers coach Tee Martin.


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