It would certainly help with the running game and keeping Cook upright. A few of his turnovers have been directly related to pass protection issues. They might be able to stretch the field vertically more with better protection..
I don't know what he got. I do know several schools were talking to him about transferring before he entered the portal. I reported that after last season.
He hasn't done anything with baseball yet. He's been all football since he got to campus.
I'm not trying to justify the raise because personally I don't understand it - and people in the industry who know far more than me about the business don't understand it. I'm just trying to provide context for how it came about and what it means going forward.
More money for analysts, more money for recruiting staff. They help in a lot of areas. Analysts help with scouting and game-planning. Recruiting staffers work on identifying talent, evaluating talent, gaining intel, getting players on campus, planning visits, hospitality, etc
I never get too caught up in who starts. It's who finishes that's most important. This isn't the Missouri valley where he can hunt his shot all night and not work within the frame of the offense. He's a willing passer and a talented passer and seems to have a great attitude about this season and his role. I wouldn't make too much of one game.
It was a good crowd for a monday night against a fringe Division II team. It was more than half full for an arena that seats 15,000
They targeted him twice in the second half. On the play where he got clobbered in the chest/shoulder and another pass in the fourth quarter in the red zone. Give credit to Kentucky for focusing on him.
Those aren't plays designed to hit the running back 8 yards from the marker. Like you said, they're checkdowns. Kentucky had the downfield routes covered or Cook didn't feel strongly enough about throwing downfield. He could be a little gun shy and worried about interceptions. But what's what Kentucky does. They keep all the passing routes in front of the back line and make it tough to connect on those throws.
The Dooley hire turned out to be a mistake and there was no clear plan at quarterback. Recruiting had stalled. The program had zero momentum. I understood the decision at the time. I also thought they could have made the case to give him another year, but there just wasn't a lot of upside at the time.
If you're suggesting that the SEC is in the bag for Kentucky's football program, that would be news to Big Blue Nation.
That's not the intent of NIL, but there's no way to really prevent that from happening.
I think it's way too early to jump to that conclusion. My hunch is he's a guy who didn't expect to play this year and isn't in a rush to get out there.
What would you consider innovative? They've tried different things with Lovett and Burden this year. MU does more pre-snap motion and shifts than just about any team in the SEC. They just don't have the blocking to pull off trick plays that require linemen to hold their blocks for an extra beat. What is considered creative?
Don't be surprised to see a change along the O-line this week. Connor Wood back to right guard and Armand Membou to right tackle.
I'd be surprised if Kiffin goes to Auburn, but Auburn should consider him. I'm not sure I want to poke the Saban bear any more than Lane already has.
Yes. Maybe not a great job, but if he wants to be a head coach, he can get a Group of Five job.