After nearly giving up 500 yards of offense in the first outing of the season, Rick Minter and his staff are looking for answers. While his proposition to fix the problem may be simple, it just may work.
Kentucky defense saw gaping holes opened up by the Louisville blockers on Saturday. And through those gaping holes, came Cardinal running backs at full speed, peeling off large chunks of yardage at a time.
This addition of the Wildcats was expected to be a solid group, even though they lost their top two players in Danny Trevathan and Winston Guy. They have the size, speed and agility to become a better defense than last year’s team and some of those in the past.
And this is Minter’s second full year at the helm as defensive coordinator. So it was expected that this team would take another step forward. After game one, there are many doubts that this would be possible.
“Everything that could and would happen did,” Minter told the media yesterday.
Minter said that he didn’t believe that the team was dominated physically as much as they just were out of position.
“It wasn’t very good. A lot of (the problem) is structural issue at the moment. Out of place, wrong time, wrong place. That’s why we practice. We’ve got the fix some things,” he said.
There may be some players displaced as well. Joker Phillips hinted that redshirt freshman linebacker Pancho Thomas and true freshman linebacker Khalid Henderson could see playing time this weekend against Kent State. Freshmen Fred Tiller and J.D. Harmon are also expected to get more opportunities at the cornerback spots this weekend.
Obviously, there’s nothing they can do about last week, except try to get better and that appears to be what Minter has in mind.
“We have to lick our wounds and march on,” said Minter. “We can’t let Louisville beat us twice, wallow around for two or three days and then all of a sudden lose the next game because you’re still looking back.”
Kentucky will have an opportunity to begin righting the ship Saturday evening in their home opener against Kent State.