Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Midseason review: Kentucky
By Chris Low
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Just when you thought Kentucky might be toast, the Wildcats (3-3, 1-3) come back swinging and pull off their biggest win of the season. Their 21-14 win at Auburn last week is just what they needed for a little momentum heading into the second half of the season. Rich Brooks and his staff have done a bang-up job of keeping this team together despite several key injuries and a three-game losing streak. The Wildcats played one of their best games two weeks ago in a 28-26 road loss at South Carolina. But instead of allowing that loss to get them down, they seemed rejuvenated and pulled off the win on the Plains last Saturday. Starting quarterback Mike Hartline is out with a knee injury and may not be able to return this season. The Wildcats have also played the last two weeks without All-SEC cornerback Trevard Lindley, so they’re getting it done despite some bad breaks.
Offensive MVP: QB/WR Randall Cobb. No matter where he lines up, he just makes plays. Cobb may see even more time at quarterback, especially in the Wildcat formation, now that Hartline is sidelined. But he’s also catching passes and returning kicks. He’s the most underrated player in the league. He has four receiving touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns and is the guy the Wildcats turn to when they've got to have a play.
Defensive MVP: LB Micah Johnson. The Big Three on defense for Kentucky has been reduced to the Big One. Defensive end Jeremy Jarmon was declared ineligible by the NCAA in the preseason and had to turn pro, while Lindley has been nursing a high ankle sprain the last few weeks. Johnson has been a rock for the Wildcats from his middle linebacker spot. He leads the team with 52 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, and is coming off his best game last week in the 21-14 win over Auburn. He had 14 tackles and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.