The Kentucky Wildcats will be in year two of the “Air Raid” offense this fall, looking to improve on last year’s performance.
In 2013, under former Wildcat and current offensive coordinator Neal Brown, the “Air Raid” failed to take off. Lackluster quarterback play, mistakes in the offensive line and, frankly, lack of talent contributed to the Big Blue’s offensive struggles.
The “Air Raid” needs a couple of things to be successful. First, the offense must have an accurate quarterback. Last season, Jalen Whitlow struggled to be accurate, thus the offense struggled.
An effective “Air Raid” attack will also have guys that can make big plays. Last season, Kentucky really didn’t have anyone step up to make big plays.
However, the Wildcats do have a player who could potentially be that guy this season. In 2013, as a true freshman, Ryan Timmons struggled physically while adapting to the college game. However, as the season went on, Timmons continued to get more comfortable with the college game, and with the speed of the game.
Timmons came to Lexington from nearby Franklin County High School, where he put up ridiculous numbers as a senior. Brown and head coach Mark Stoops saw Timmons as just the type of player they would need in their offense.
Timmons did have some chances last season. He caught 32 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed 12 times for 91 yards. He even returned two kickoffs.
This season, look for Timmons to become even more of a playmaker. Brown will devise schemes to get the ball in the speedster’s hands. And if Timmons can summon his high school days, he could become the playmaker that Kentucky needs.
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.