Edward Aschoff of espn.com’s SEC blog fills out a report card on the 2011 Kentucky football season.
He’s not too forgiving when it comes to the UK offense.
Kentucky entered the season down a handful of playmakers, and never had much offensive rhythm. The offense stalled from the start, as the Wildcats began the year with an ugly 14-3 win over Western Kentucky. The Wildcats mustered just 190 yards of offense and turned the ball over three times. Things didn’t get much better after, as Kentucky lost four of its next five games, getting outscored 161-37 in those four losses. On the season, Kentucky was last in the SEC in scoring (15.8), total offense (259.8), passing (135.6) and passing efficiency (96.2). Kentucky scored 30-plus points just twice. Injuries along the offensive line and at running back didn’t help.
He gives Rick Minter’s defense a C and Joker Phillip’s coaching a D.
Kentucky did rank 118th out of 120 nationally in total offense this season. The Cats were 91st in rushing offense and 118th in pass efficiency offense. You would have thought that Phillips and offensive coordinator Randy Sanders might have received some credit for beating Tennessee with a wide receiver playing quarterback, however.