LEXINGTON — University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown has been in a good mood this week after watching the Wildcats rack up 656 yards in a 59-14, season-opening win Saturday against the UT-Martin Skyhawks.
“We threw the ball and caught the ball; that didn’t happen one time last year,” said Brown, whose Wildcats host Ohio University’s Bobcats Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU). “We were able to get them (receivers) in a position so that they could run after the catch.”
Sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles led Kentucky’s charge vs. Martin, completing 20 of 29 for 377 yards.
Still, Brown cautioned that Towles got away with a few mistakes in that game.
“He was a little late on some throws that he got away with in that game that he won’t moving forward,” Brown said. “There were a couple fundamental things ... a little bit of wasted movement in the pocket. We’ll get those things corrected. All in all, I was really excited about how he went out and performed.”
Saturday’s game against Ohio should be the step up in competition that the young Wildcats need.
“They are obviously more talented (than UT-Martin),” UK coach Mark Stoops said of the Bobcats. “They have some great experience.”
Coach Frank Solich’s Bobcats are 1-0 off a 17-14 win at Kent State and have been to five straight bowl games.
Junior quarterback Derrius Vick completed 18 of 24 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns in the opener. Senior wide receiver Landon Smith caught seven of those passes for 71 yards and both TDs.
Running back Daz’mond Patterson, a 5-foot-7, 177-pound junior, led the Bobcats on the ground with 61 yards on 17 carries.
Junior running back Braylon Heard and senior wide receiver Javess Blue came out of the UT-Martin game with minor injuries. Their status for Saturday is uncertain ... senior offensive tackle Darrian Miller returns this week after missing the UT-Martin game due to a violation of team rules.
Jon Toth, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound sophomore center, has been selected as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. A native of Indianapolis, Toth played without penalties or missed assignments in the Wildcats’ win over UT-Martin. He did not surrender a sack and totaled three knockdown blocks.
UK will host Heroes’ Day on Oct. 11 when the Wildcats play Louisiana-Monroe. The event honors all active, reserve and veteran members of the armed forces, along with police, firefighters and first responders.
To register a group, contact Nathan Schwake at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-257-5526. Individual game tickets will be available to all heroes outside Gate 4 with the presentation of a service ID.
Senior guard Max Godby has been named the SEC Football Community Service Team Player of the Week.
Godby has volunteered countless hours to numerous charities throughout his UK career and is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Godby played high school football at the Christian Academy of Louisville.
UK-Ohio prediction: Kentucky 38, Ohio 13.
My national top 10: 1. Florida State; 2. Texas A&M; 3. Georgia; 4. Auburn; 5. Oregon; 6. Alabama; 7. Michigan State; 8. Oklahoma; 9. Southern Cal; 10. Louisville.
Final 4 projection (Assuming the committee won’t allow more than one SEC team): 1. Florida State; 2. Texas A&M; 3. Oregon; 4. Michigan State.