Last season was not one that the Kentucky Wildcats will want to remember. It was the first campaign in Lexington for Mark Stoops, but the Wildcats struggled to a 2-10 season, including a winless season in the SEC.
Kentucky was a distant last in the SEC standings last season. There’s little doubt that the Wildcats were the worst team in the conference.
But 2014 is a new year. Stoops continues to do miraculous things on the recruiting trail, and Kentucky has significantly upgraded its talent. However, the ‘Cats are still young and may be a couple of years away from actually competing in the nation’s best conference.
One goal for Stoops and his team should be to not finish last in the SEC East again this season. And it says here that they won’t. Kentucky will be much improved this season on both sides of the ball. And while the ‘Cats aren’t ready to compete for an SEC East title, or a bowl game, they won’t finish last in the SEC East again this season.
Due to the more talented roster and the fact that the Vanderbilt Commodores should take a step back this season, it appears that Kentucky can find its way out of the cellar in 2014. The Wildcats are deep at running back, and they appear to have several good options at quarterback. Whether Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown pick Patrick Towles, Drew Barker or Reese Phillips, they should have an upgrade at the quarterback position.
Kentucky sees itself as a program on the rise. The first step would be to be better than another SEC team, and that looks to be the case this season.
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.