-The Kentucky Wildcats football team might be a perfect (2-0) to start the 2010 season, but according to head coach Joker Phillips the ‘Cats still have plenty to work on.
Despite dominating in-state foe Western Kentucky to the tune of 63-28, Phillips still has concerns about his team’s play on defense especially stopping the run.
Kentucky is currently 94th out of the 120 FBS teams in the nation, a statistic Phillips would love to change before the Wildcats get into the brunt of their SEC schedule.
The ‘Cats may have given up 187 rushing yards to the Hilltoppers, but Kentucky’s own offense was a high-powered machine Saturday racking up 482 yards behind the play of quarterback Mike Hartline and do-it-all wide receiver Randall Cobb.
Hartline had a spectacular day going 16-of-20 for 213 yards and three touchdowns. There have certainly been plenty of road bumps in Hartline’s career, but Saturday’s game may have been his best yet. Cobb didn’t disappoint, accounting for three touchdowns of his own. Cobb starting the second quarter with a 50 yard punt return for a touchdown to put the Wildcats up 21-7. With little over a minute left in the first half, Cobb displayed his versatility by completing a 15-yard pass to fullback Moncell Allen for a touchdown. Last, but not least, Cobb put the finishing touches on a great day with a 35-yard touchdown reception from Hartline late in the third quarter.
All in all, it was a pretty good day for Kentucky. A lot of players have been stepping up namely Hartline and the teams new look wide receiving core.
A match up against Akron is next for Kentucky which should provide the ‘Cats another chance to tune up before their heated battle with rival Florida a week later. Stay tuned.
-One idea for thought as we head towards the final decision regarding the Enes Kanter situation is that Kentucky head coach John Calipari is of no fault for the mind-boggling debacle that is taking place.
ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan does a good job of spelling it out surrounding the question of whether John Calipari was at fault for the Kanter situation. Brennan says, “No, it’s not,” which is right on line with what everyone around the nation should be thinking.
The idea that Calipari had no way of knowing that Kanter was paid like a professional while in Europe is accurate. That statement is solidified, especially with that fact that officials from Fenerbache Ulker—Kanter’s team in Europe—are now just sending over documents about Kanter’s time overseas.
A fairly lucky situation has come out of all of this and that is that Kentucky’s compliance office has been diligent in finding out whether Kanter is eligible or not and not making any drastic moves that could create a hell-storm for not only Kentucky, but Calipari as well.
The official ruling is still a week away, but Kentucky Wildcats fans are anxiously waiting for word to come whether Kanter will be eligible to play at all this season or if his time in Kentucky was short-lived.