Recipe for success?

So, you’re telling me that Kentucky has primarily lined up in a 3-3-5 defense this season and their defensive tackle who just won SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors is out for Saturday’s game?

That doesn’t sound like it bodes well.

If Rybka isn’t ready and Saunders is playing like a true freshman, what does UK do? Their options are limited, but they can fortify the box. This year the Wildcats have primarily lined up in a 3-3-5 defense, allowing Davonte Robinson to get a substantial amount of reps as the nickel. As Adam Luckett suggested on 11 Personnel, Kentucky might have to abandon this look and let Jordan Wright and JJ Weaver play at the same time in a 3-4 alignment.

Pick your poison.  Either way, I expect Monken will be ready.


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26 responses to “Recipe for success?

  1. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    If Bennett is playing, the run has to be the primary focus. His success is completely dependent on the run-game’s success, because that allows for play-action and the slow developing routes he can see down field. So this news bodes well for that.

    If Kentucky commits to stopping the run with an extra LB and Safety in the box, it will be a slog unless Daniels can come off the bench.

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    • rigger92

      I know what you mean and I agree to an extent. SBIV threw an awfully tight slant at AU last week, he can do it but maybe not consistently, we’ll see.

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    • JaxDawg

      SBIV completed 14 passes against the barners, and I can recall 3 deep balls (2 to Ladd, and 1 to bowers). That doesn’t sound like relying on “slow developing routes he can see down field.”

      Given all the talent in the backfield, on the O-line, and the TE position, having the running game be a prominent feature sounds more like a solid game plan than a cause for concern.

      Many of us are shaking off our Munsons, Corch. Come on in, the water’s fine!

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      • unionjackgin

        Until we start winning games 100-nil, I will have a case of the Munsons.

        As of right now though, I am confident that if our team plays with the same intelligence, intensity, and physicality as Weeks 1-6, then it will be very difficult for a less talented team to beat UGA.

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  2. Biggen

    Another team daring us to run with 3 down lineman. Jesus. When will they learn. Then when they figure out they can’t stop us, they bring 7 and 8 in the box and Monken and Bennet go over the top. Man I love this team.

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  3. This is shaping up to be Arky redux. Dawgs cover / under.

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  4. akascuba

    I don’t see Kentucky has a choice other than attempt to force Georgia to win by passing the ball. Wounded up front they have to add extra bodies to the box. If not their offense sits on the sidelines watching Georgia’s ground and pound offense run down the clock. If Bennett throws less than 20 attempts Kentucky has almost no chance and I’m sure Stoops knows it.

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    • I have potentially a different perspective. Stoops knows his best chance is to have a low-scoring game. If he can slow the run without committing bodies to the box, he knows he can possibly keep his team in the game by both teams shortening the game. What he can’t have is we drive the length of the field and score TDs and then go 3 and out to send his defense right back out there.

      Just a thought.


      • 81Dog

        when you’re outmanned, your best bet is to shorten the game. So you run the ball, and you dare your opponent to run. It’s like playing golf with Jordan Speith. If you play 18 holes, no way you beat him. More holes, less chance to win. If you play 3 holes, maybe you get lucky and can hang on. The Senator’s frequent observation about regression to the mean comes to mind.

        No way UK can win a track meet. They cant score that much on our D (without a ton of help from our O). So they ugly it up, turn it into a slog, and hope they get a couple of turnovers and a cheap score or two. Probably not a great plan, except the alternatives are all worse.


      • akascuba

        It’s a good thought. I agree he can’t allow his offense to have many three and outs or it gets ugly fast. He doesn’t have a lot of good choices especially if their run game is stopped early.


  5. JaxDawg

    If they decide to force SBIV to beat them, I’m looking forward to watching him do it. He’s improved in every aspect of his game this year. He’s shown he can make all the throws.

    If you look at this year’s tape, about the only knock I can really come up with is sample size.

    Let QB1 get healthy…SBIV has shown he’s capable of leading an ass-whooping against good competition.

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  6. Kentucky about to get blasted.

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  7. Pick your poison. Monken started moving the pocket and using Bennett’s decent mobility, in a few ways, with success against Auburn. That was before the running game really got going. It was the real reason the running game got going. Imo, we should be able to be this balanced against Kentucky unless they can force Bennett to stay in the pocket and get their hands up in the passing lanes.

    Bennett definitely seems more effective rolling out and bootlegs and play action. Monken really adjusted the Auburn game plan to suit Bennett’s strong and weak points, which makes me feel really good about Monken. I expect we’ll start with a little man ball against UK and adjust from there if needed. The 3-3-5 is usually better suited at containing mobile QBs.

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  8. MGW

    What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!

    Kentucky is in big trouble.

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  9. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    If you’re the guest picker for College GameDay, you might be a redneck!

    I know there are some who give Foxworthy crap for going to Tech, but remember, that was the only game in town for the longest time if you wanted to be an engineer.

    Besides, anyone who was good enough for Lewis Grizzard is good enough for me.

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  10. practicaldawg

    No one is fully healthy and we haven’t been since spring. Next man up or bust.

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  11. jsun7

    I see 3-3-5 and I still get the shakes from the reminders of how that setup used to confound richt/bobo back in the day.

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  12. 69Dawg

    Interesting factoid I picked up from Brooks Austin last night. You might have known that the KY OC is a LA Rams guy and a disciple of Shawn Mcvay. So they really aren’t as pure vanilla as they are thought of by most of us. They use motion and misdirection a lot so once again our D has to use their eyes and not get sucked into over committing. Fortunately they tend to run the same plays a lot so our D coaches should be able to shut them down. Another thing that is going to hurt them is our crowd noise. They do a lot of calls on offense and they hopefully will screw up like Arky did.

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