A week after Kentucky parted ways with offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, Liam Coen will return to Lexington.
Coen took over as offensive coordinator at Kentucky during the 2021 season, leading the Cats to a 10-3 season, before heading back to the Rams to become their offensive coordinator. With the 2022 season not off to a hot start for the Rams, and Kentucky not having the fresh offense that was displayed in 2021, the switch back could not have come at a better time.
Coen will return with an elite young wide receiver duo of Barion Brown and Dane Key and can expect wide receivers Dekel Crowdus and Tayvion Robinson to contribute. Coen and the staff will look for a QB1 to step into Will Levis' role. There are many that have their eyes on Graham Mertz, the 3 year starter from Wisconsin. Kentucky will still have some holes to fill on the offensive side of the ball, particularly on the offensive line. However, with the history of the Kentucky offense with Liam Coen at the helm, recruiting will naturally come easier.
The Cats have a deep schedule in 2023, hosting 7 games in Lexington, including Alabama, and will take trips to Athens, Starkville and Columbia. Coen will have a near full year with his offense, starting in the spring. For fans and players alike, the expectations are high for the future of the Kentucky Football offense.