The Kentucky offense was almost completely incompetent in their 20-10 loss at Missouri. They finished the outing with just 133 total yards while running only 36 plays as they only were able to sustain one complete drive.
Their biggest issue was in the passing game, as senior quarterback Terry Wilson went 3/9 and finished with 35 passing yards and one touchdown. In attempt to give a spark to the offense, the coaches went to backup QB Joey Gatewood for a brief spirt, and the Auburn transfer also struggled, going 1/4 for 12 passing yards.
With uncertainty surrounding the capabilities of the offense, Kentucky’s Monday depth chart included Wilson and Gatewood as “OR” options for the QB1 spot. UK Head Coach Mark Stoops said the team will be evaluating which player will earn the starting role early this week.
“We’ll see how it goes throughout the week,” he shared. “We’ll see where everything is after a couple of days.”
Freshman Beau Allen will also be in the mix according to Stoops, but he said it will be hard to get all three guys enough reps this week. Fellow newcomer wideout Mike Drennen was listed as a starter for the first time this season, along with running back Chris Rodriguez and AJ Rose now designated as “OR” options for the RB1 spot as UK looks to make moves that could rejuvenate that side of the ball.
Regardless of who starts at any position, Stoops re-iterated that Kentucky will get back to running the ball after just rushing for 98 yards on 23 attempts against Missouri.
“Saturday was one of those games where obviously we didn’t execute our bread and butter, and when we did, we were effective in moving the ball extremely clean. But when we were able to be physical and run the ball and get ahead of the chains, we were efficient,” he said.
This coming weekend UK will host a Georgia squad that poses as one of the stronger defenses in the league, so finding some sort of an answer offensively will be crucial.