When Kentucky hired Mark Stoops in 2012, the program hoped to see an improvement on defense. The Wildcats ranked No. 86 overall in points allowed, averaging 31 per game.

Kentucky saw progress through its first six games in 2014, holding a 5-1 record. But the Wildcats now face a five-game losing streak in which they’ve been outscored 219-112. Kentucky has allowed over 400 yards in four of its last five games, including three games of over 500 yards.

Here’s three fixes for Kentucky’s defense:

Recruiting: The best way to build a winning program is recruiting. Stoops has seen success on the recruiting trail since his arrival. But to contend in the SEC, Kentucky must continue that progression. The SEC is well represented at the top of the annual recruiting rankings. The Wildcats must convince top defensive prospects to sign in order to build a winning program.

Developing players: The Wildcats have just four senior starters on defense in 2014. Kentucky has a young nucleus of talent, but it needs to gain experience.  Kentucky has four freshmen that entered the season as four-star prospects and ranked No. 17 in team rankings, according to Rivals.com. Stoops’ best bet is to develop the roster he has moving forward. There is room for development and the second-year coach must get the most out of his players to improve.

Change in scheme: A scheme is as good as its personnel. Kentucky may look to adjust its defense to better suit its players. Stoops  uses a 4-3 defense that also runs 5-2 formations. Its not to say that this must be changed, but it could play a factor in the Wildcats’ lack of success. As mentioned, Kentucky has a talented, young roster that may be better suited for Stoops’ defense than the players recruited by the previous regime. But, for the time being, several tweaks may bring defensive success in the near future.