Detailed analysis on the Kentucky offense in 2014
The Kentucky Wildcats finished the 2014 season with a 5-7 (2-6 SEC) record. The Wildcats offense ranked No. 75 overall, averaging 385.2 yard per game. But Kentucky failed to record 400 yards in its last four games, averaging 300 yards in four straight losses.
Here’s a detailed analysis of the Wildcats offense in 2014.
Quarterback: Patrick Towles threw for 2,718 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 225-of-393 passing. Towles finished fifth in the SEC in passing yards and tenth in touchdowns. Towles saw a career high 390 yards against Mississippi State and led the Wildcats with 76 rushing yards and four total touchdowns. But the redshirt sophomore struggled down the stretch, throwing for less than 200 yards in five of Kentucky’s last six games. As Towles struggled, the Wildcats offense followed suit, failing to provide consistent production during its losing streak.
Running Backs: It took Kentucky nine games to realize that Stanley “Boom” Williams was the most talented running back on its roster. Williams led the Wildcats with 488 yards and five touchdowns, despite making his first start in Week 10. Williams had 75 carries, three more than Braylon Heard and five more than Jojo Kemp, who saw the majority of attempts in the beginning of the season. In his final game, Williams recorded a career-best 126 yards and two touchdowns against the nation’s No. 3 rushing defense. The Wildcats ranked No. 74 overall in rushing offense.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: Ryan Timmons led the Wildcats with 536 yards and two touchdowns on 45 receptions. Timmons saw a season-best 114 yards on five catches against Mississippi State. Javess Blue was second in receiving yards with 525 and five touchdowns on 29 receptions. Blue recorded more than 100 yards in two games (Louisiana-Monroe and Tennessee).
Offensive Line: Kentucky’s offensive line ranked No. 104 in sacks allowed and No. 99 in tackles for loss allowed. The Wildcats offensive line played a crucial role in the team’s lack of success in rushing offense. Kentucky’s final depth chart included one starting senior, Darrian Miller, two juniors, a sophomore and a redshirt freshman. The line should gain experience next season and show improvement.