Kentucky's Defense, from a UK perspective

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  1. BlueRattie

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    So, this Saturday is a huge game for my Wildcats as well as your Gamecocks. I've been enjoying reading posts on your forum so I thought I'd chip in with some information about UK's defense. I'm not here to boast or make predictions, but I will write a little about how UK's defensive schematics and how they will sub in and out of packages. Hope you enjoy it. :)

    UK will open in a base 3-4 defense. This is their "traditional look", using a big NT, 275-290 lbs run stuffing DE's, OLB's that are more like stand up DE's, one downhill MLB and one "speedy" MLB. Their corners are classic Tampa 2 boundary corners (tall, lanky) and their safeties are basically interchangeable. UK prides itself on being a "multiple" defense and will morph into different fronts at will. They achieve this by using players that are extremely versatile. Both OLB's can play DE; the corners look like safeties, and the DE's can swing down to DT. When they switch to nickle, you'll see Edwards move into the slot as a nickleback. UK likes to get him close to the LOS where the action is. (However, I think this exposes them to damage from a shift slot receiver). Like most teams, UK pulls their NT on passing downs and shift their DE's inside. Ware and Allen may not put their hands in the dirt in these situations, but they are very much pass rushing DEs.

    More than anything, UK wants to fill the field with size, speed, and versatility. In the age of multiple offenses, it take a multiple defense to keep you in games. Will UK be able to stop Bentley and company? The answer to that question will more than likely decide the game.

    Traditional 3-4:

    DE - Middleton - grinder that has played beyond expectations, not an elite athlete.
    NT - Pringle - big run plugger in the middle that gets some penetration
    DE - Carter - True sophomore that has nice upside but has limited production
    OLB - Ware - electric athlete, downhill runner that forces fumbles)
    ILB - Jones - fast and aggressive, lots of TFLs, but will run himself out of position too)
    ILB - Love - downhill thumper, slow footed, will sometimes take on pulling guards
    OLB - Allen - similar to Ware, rangy and athletic, suspect coverage skills
    CB - Baity - has emerged as UK's best cover corner, big (6-3) with nice ball skills, NFL player
    CB - Westry - great in run support, but lackluster ball skills, something of a disappointment
    S - West - coming off major leg surgery, fast and athletic, big hitter, limited in-game experience
    S - Edwards - all SEC candidate, versatile, aggressive, solid tackler.

    Hybrid 3-3-5:

    DE - Middleton
    NT - Pringle
    DE - Carter
    OLB - Jones
    ILB - Love
    OLB - Allen / Ware
    NB - Edwards
    CB - Baity
    CB - Westry
    S - West
    S - Robinson

    Hybrid 4-3

    DE - Ware / Allen
    DT - Middleton
    DT - Looney
    DE - Carter
    WSLB - Jones
    MLB - Love
    SSLB - Allen / Ware
    CB - Baity
    CB - Westry
    S - West
    S - Edwards

    Hybrid 4-3 Nickle

    DE - Ware / Allen
    DT - Middleton
    DT - Looney
    DE - Carter
    MLB - Jones
    SSLB - Allen / Ware
    NB - Edwards
    CB - Baity
    CB - Westry
    S - West
    S - Robinson

    Hybrid 4-2-5

    DE - Ware
    DT - Middleton
    DT - Carter
    DE - Allen
    ILB - Love
    OLB - Jones
    NB - Edwards
    CB - Baity
    CB - Westry
    S - West
    S - Robinson
     
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    Appreciate the info
     
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    Stoops and Co. seem to have done a decent job upgrading scheme, talent and depth for y'all. Should be a good game.
     
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    Frightening complexity.
     
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    Thanks coach....are you a disgruntled GA?
     
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    Jones is questionable- bruised collar bone. Been laying off practice this week. Potentially big loss for us
     
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    I don't think I understand. LOL
     
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    He has been ruled out officially.
     
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    "Decent" is fair. However, because of our lack of in-state talent, recruiting has always been an uphill battle at UK. Right now, we're raiding Ohio and then plucking a kid or two from Georgia and Florida. Our classes have been in the high 20's for the past three years. Not much compared to Spurrier's top classes (or even Muschamp's), but it's a Bonanza compared to what UK usually gets. Remember, Joker Phillips left us with a roster that won 2 games and was manhandled by Western Ky University. Yikes.
     
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    No problem. I love talking football so I'll stop by often, I think. :)
     
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    I understand, because it would be called treason in the military.
     

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