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The Kentucky Football Offense Will Be Just Fine

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

If you have been on social media in the last month and have been reading the Kentucky Football fans lamenting over what they think the Wildcats offense is going to look like, you might have heard some of the following statements:

“Our o-line is going to be inexperienced”

“Losing Wan’Dale makes our wide receiver group terrible”

“Levis won’t be a top draft pick. Who will he throw it to?”

“The sky is falling”

Okay, I made the last one up, but you would think that was the case, based on some of the pessimistic football fans that I have seen over the last several weeks. Let me calm your fears folks. Here is why you shouldn’t worry about Kentucky’s offense:

  1. Our O-line is going to be fine. While we don’t have five returning starters, we have two guys who started last year at UK and one who started at another SEC school. Eli Cox started last season for Kentucky at right guard and will switch to center. If this sounds familiar, that is because it is just like what the man he is succeeding did, current Jacksonville Jaguar Luke Fortner. Cox will transition seamlessly due to the football IQ he possesses, as well as great coaching from offensive line coach Zach Yenser and graduate assistant Drake Jackson, who was an all-SEC center for the Wildcats. Left guard Kenneth Horsey is a seasoned veteran and plays with a mean streak. He has started 21 games, including all 13 for Kentucky last year. Jeremy Flax saw action at right tackle in 11 games last season and is a mountain of a man at 6’6”, 330 pounds. Right guard will be filled by Auburn transfer Tashawn Manning. The super senior was a starter at Auburn last year and has 14 starts to his credit. PFF graded Manning as the best run blocker for Auburn last season. The only spot on the offensive line that has a question mark is at left tackle. Granted, the “blind side” is somewhere you don’t want questions, but there are great options there. Redshirt freshman David Wohlabaugh Jr. is a student of the game who knows the playbook and has a NFL pedigree (his dad David Sr. played for the Cleveland Browns with former UK quarterback Tim Couch). Freshman Kiyaunta Goodwin is a giant at 6’8”, 350 pounds. He is as physically gifted as they come and has been learning quickly in practice. Either of those two will make the Big Blue Wall as tough as it has been since John Schlarman formed it.

  2. Our WR group may be overall better than it was last season. Losing Wan’Dale Robinson to the New York Giants certainly hurts from a pure numbers standpoint. However, I think that the overall wide receiver play will improve because now teams have to gameplan for more than one receiver. With no disrespect meant to the other starters at receiver last year, everyone knew that when Will Levis needed a sure handed catch made, he was throwing it to Wan’Dale. This season, you have a new Robinson to catch passes. The senior transfer from Virginia Tech led them in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns last year. Pair him up with returning receivers DeMarcus Harris, Chris Lewis, Chauncey Magwood and company and you have a good group. Then, add in true freshmen Barion Brown, Dane Key, Jordan Anthony and Brandon White. Now, you have a great wide receiver corps.

  3. Will Levis will use the tight end spot to torture opposing defenses. The tight end group at Kentucky is the deepest I have ever seen it. You have five guys, who are all capable of starting at other schools, who will be fighting for playing time in offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello’s offense. Jordan Dingle has been making noise during fall camp, leading some to believe that he may be the starter against Miami(OH) in game one. Returning seniors Brendan Bates and Keaton Upshaw are proven commodities and know how to block and catch touchdowns. Izayah Cummings is an intriguing guy, switching from wide receiver to tight end, which creates a matchup problem for opposing linebackers. Finally, four-star recruit Josh Kattus would have been a no-brainer starter in Year 1 of the Mark Stoops era. However, great recruiting and coaching by Vince Marrow have made him a redshirt candidate. These guys, coupled with a great receiver group, are why Will Levis will have an outstanding season and will be one of the top quarterbacks drafted next April.

Do not listen to the “Chicken Little’s” on social media. The sky is not falling and Kentucky football’s offense will be one of the best in the SEC. Mark my words.



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