Kentucky’s freshman running back Jojo Kemp has done the unthinkable and given Alabama some bulletin board material heading into this weekend’s game. He apparently does not like to learn from others’ – ahem, Bo Wallace – mistakes.
Kemp told Kentucky Sports Television CN2 that the Wildcats (1-4, 0-2) will score on Alabama’s defense – a unit that ranks 12th nationally at 299.8 yards per game and is fourth in scoring defense at 12.2 points per game. Oh and not to mention, the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0) have not allowed a single touchdown the last three games, yielding only three field goals.
Kemp must have a very short memory because Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace made a similar claim two weeks ago before playing Alabama. “Yeah, I think we can put points on them,” Wallace said. “I think we can put points on anybody.”
Well, turns out they couldn’t. The Crimson Tide shut out the Rebels 25-0, and the only points Wallace accounted for was two for Alabama when he was sacked for a safety.
In Wallace’s defense, at least Ole Miss was putting up some decent yardage and points totals prior to playing Alabama. But Kentucky ranks 85th nationally in total offense (388.8 YPG) and 99th in scoring (23 PPG) — not exactly eye-popping numbers that suggest guaranteed success against the likes of Alabama.
Kemp may be Kentucky’s second-leading rusher with 226 yards on 33 carries, but he is clearly at the top of the Wildcats’ depth chart in boneheaded pregame chatter.
The Wildcats are a nearly four-touchdown underdog at home. The last thing they need to do is give the No. 1 team in college football some bulletin board material – a point that was obviously lost on Kemp.
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