The Kentucky Wildcats will hold their spring “Blue-White” Game on Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium. More than 40,000 fans are expected to be in attendance at the game, which will be a Kentucky spring game record.
The fans in the Bluegrass State are excited about new head coach Mark Stoops, as well as new offensive coordinator Neal Brown. The level of excitement around Kentucky football hasn’t been this high since the Hal Mumme Era.
Here are five things the fans will be watching during the game on Saturday evening:
1. How will the existing players fit into Brown’s offensive scheme?: Kentucky’s wide receivers had trouble catching the ball at times last season. Brown’s offenses have always thrown the ball a lot, and obviously being able to catch the ball is a big part of executing the game plan.
2. Speaking of the wide receivers, which one of them can become a playmaker?: The coaching staff is hoping that Demarco Robinson and/or Daryl Collins might be the go-to receiver for the Big Blue this fall.
3. Which player is ahead in the three-way quarterback battle?: Stoops and Brown have not indicated which of the three candidates for the position is in the lead. But it will be interesting to see how Maxwell Smith, Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow perform on Saturday night.
4. How healthy is Josh Clemons?: As a true freshman in 2011, Clemons wowed the Big Blue faithful early in the season before suffering a knee injury that caused him to miss more than half of his first season, as well as all of last season. If he is healthy, it could be a big boost for the Big Blue.
5. How is the conversion to the 4-3 defense going?: The Wildcats used a 3-4 defense last season, but Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot have moved to a 4-3. That means some players have changed positions, and Saturday’s game should give the staff a better idea of exactly where the defense stands.
Kentucky needs to make many improvements after a 2-10 season last year. Saturday’s Blue-White game should give the coaching staff, the players and the fans an idea of how far UK has come under Stoops, as well as how far they still need to go to compete in the Southeastern Conference.