The Kentucky Wildcats broke a five-game losing streak on Saturday night by beating Alabama State 48-14. Quarterback Jalen Whitlow looked good in the game, rushing for 101 yards and passing for 185. Whitlow had two touchdowns on the ground and two through the air as Kentucky won for the first time since September.
Kentucky’s offense has been disappointing this season, with the exception of the two wins. When Mark Stoops was hired as the new head coach of the Big Blue, he brought in Neal Brown as the offensive coordinator. Brown had high-powered offenses as the coordinator for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. However, his success has not carried over to Kentucky at this point.
In fact, just when it appears that the offense may be picking things up, Kentucky received some bad news on Monday. Wide receiver Alexander Montgomery has an injured ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Montgomery was injured on Saturday evening while celebrating his touchdown reception.
Also, wide receiver Ryan Timmons, one of the fastest players for the Wildcats, will likely miss Saturday’s game against the Missouri Tigers due to a sprained ankle.
While Whitlow looked much better on Saturday evening, the loss of these two weapons will hurt, especially against a team like Missouri. Kentucky’s receivers have, at times, had a hard time catching the ball in 2013, and moving to backups will certainly not help that issue.
At this point, Whitlow is the best option at quarterback for Kentucky. At least until Drew Barker arrives on campus in January. At that point, maybe the “Air Raid” offense that Brown has run in the past will actually re-appear in Lexington.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.