It is hard to say what has been most impressive about Kentucky’s 4-0 start to the season. But suffice it to say, just about every part of the team has been impressive. From the Oline to the skill players to the defense and the special teams, this UK team has a look about it that few of us have ever seen.
As Dr. Benny Lile mentioned on the show last week, you would have to go back to 1977 to see such an impressive looking group. But that team, filled with future pros, was on probation. This team can set the sky as the limit.
Individually Josh Allen looks like a soon-to-be millionaire. Nobody has blocked him yet. Additionally Jordan Jones seems to have matured which has allowed his gifts to come to the forefront.
On the offensive side, start with crediting the offensive line. This group (even without likely stalwart Landon Young) has excelled in both run blocking and pass protection. From there, the myriad stars have taken over. Lynn Bowden, Dorian Baker and CJ Conrad have all made big plays in the passing game hauling in throws from dual threat Terry Wilson. And, the backs have been brilliant. Give AJ Rose credit for being a great weapon capable of carrying the load in spurts allowing Benny time to rest.
Which brings us to…Benny Snell. He may not win the Heisman, but he sure is a solid candidate. I can’t imagine anybody in the country running any harder or more productively while in many ways carrying years of UK football woe on his back. His work has been heroic and I for one am willing to campaign door to door on his behalf.
And there’s more. The coaching has been superb and as always the punter is really, really good.
Which leads us to this week and a sell out crowd for the South Carolina game.
It is the SEC so anything can happen and fortunes often change quickly. But this looks like a house built on rock and not sand. I could be wrong, but my eyes tell me this team is finally one that can not only survive the SEC but thrive in it.