Kentucky Wildcats Football: Season Report Card

Season Report Card: Kentucky Wildcats

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Nov 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops reacts to a call during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Commonwealth Stadium. Missouri defeated Kentucky 47-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY SportsThe Kentucky Wildcats didn't find much success in Mark Stoops' first year as head coach.

Stoops' team went 2-10 on the season, with the only wins on the year coming against Miami (OH) and Alabama State. It made things worse that Kentucky wasn't all that competitive in the SEC, as only two of its eight conference losses were by less than 13 points.

But despite another dreadful season of football in Lexington, bright days look to be ahead for the Wildcats. Because honestly, it can't get much worse.

Let's take a look at the season report card for Kentucky this past season:

Offense: D-

When you only score less than 20 points in nine games on the year, you're bound to get a horrible grade. The Wildcats ran the ball better than they passed it, but that's not saying a whole lot considering how consistently bad the offense was. Despite the back and forth between Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith at quarterback, Kentucky still couldn't find ways to score against stout SEC defenses.

Defense: D

As you would expect, the only teams that Kentucky could stop were Miami (OH) and Alabama State. Senior linebacker Avery Williamson was the biggest bright spot on the defensive side of the ball with over 100 total tackles on the season.

Special Teams: D

The Wildcats did a lot of punting and not a lot of kicking. When Joe Mansour did have opportunities on field goals and extra points, he was pretty accurate. So at least that's a positive.

Coaching: C

Stoops did the best he could. He knew that the program was a sinking ship when he took over, and there was no way he was going to be an overnight success. There's only so much you can do with a situation like the one Kentucky was facing this season.

Overall: D

The best thing for the Wildcats to do is forget this season and look to the future. With a Top 15 recruiting class coming in, things are going to start turning around with this program. They won't jump up and start competing for a title or anything next season, but Stoops should have them back in the bowl picture within a year or two. 

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