The numbers are glaring: 22 sacks allowed this season, tied for 101st in the nation and tied for last in the SEC. Something has to change along the Kentucky offensive line — and coach Mark Stoops knows it.
“I think the O-line is like much of our team,” he said Wednesday in the SEC coaches teleconference. “It’s a little bit more inconsistent than we want it to be.”
The Wildcats have allowed 2.75 sacks per game. Nine weeks into the season, they still can’t seem to find a remedy.
“It’s hard for us when we get behind the chains and when we get behind in the score. It’s not what we’re built to do right now,” Stoops said. “We probably put them in some tough blocking assignments, and we didn’t come up as well as we’d like to.”
The Wildcats will have a chance at correcting their recent woes this weekend when they travel to UGA. The Bulldogs are tied for 76th in the nation with 15 sacks through eight games. Leonard Floyd is the team’s leader, but he has just 3.5 all season, meaning this week could be one where Kentucky’s offensive line begins to shine.
“We’re at our best when we have balance and when we’re in closer games and not getting behind obviously, because we’re not built to just drop-back pass,” Stoops said. “When we keep people off-balance and run the ball effectively and have our run-pass options off of it, I think that’s when we’re most effective.”