Nov 30, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half at Commonwealth Stadium. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 27-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

SEC East Previews: Kentucky


The Wildcats are coming off back-to-back 2-10 seasons. After five straight bowl games Joker Philips tanked the program and Mark Stoops is in the midst of a major rebuild. There has been some really positive signs on the recruiting trails, we’ll see if they pay off.

Schedule

  • UT Martin
  • Ohio
  • at Florida
  • (Bye)
  • Vanderbilt
  • South Carolina
  • ULM
  • at LSU
  • Mississippi State
  • at Missouri
  • Georgia
  • at Tennessee
  • (Bye)
  • at Louisville

We are UK’s homecoming game. Alrighty then. They have ULM just two weeks prior but you choose a team who has beaten you five straight times? Right on, Cats.

They’ve moved the Louisville game to the end of the year. With the Cardinals moving to the ACC, this makes four teams from the East who play their final game of the year vs. a ACC in-state rival school.

Returning starters

WR Javes Blue
WR Jeff Badet
WR Tyan Timmons
C Jon Toth
LG Zach West
RT Jordan Swindle
LT Darrian Miller

DE Alvin Dupree
DE Za’Darius Smith
LB Khalid Henderson
LB Blake McClain
CB Nate Willis
SS Ashely Lowery
FS AJ Stamps
CB Fred Tiller

Returning Production

Passing

  1. Maxwell Smith – leading passer with 1,276 yards, 9 TD
  2. Patrick Towles – 2012 stats: 233 yards, 1 TD

Rushing

  1. Jojo Kemp – leading rusher with 482 yards, 3 TD
  2. Ryan Timmons – 5th leading rusher with 91 yards

Receiving

  1. Javess Blue – leading receiver with 586 yards, 4 TD
  2. Ryan Timmons – 2nd leading receiver with 338 yards, 2 TD

Offensive line – 74 returning career starts

Defense – return 8 of top 10 tacklers except #1 and #8

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