Kentucky-Arkansas: Wildcats Look to End Two-Game Skid

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2008

What a week it has been for the University of Kentucky.

Hearing on Monday that they will be without Dicky Lyons Jr. for the remainder of the season is a huge blow to a very young wide receiver position.

It doesn't end the season for UK. They just have to find a way to move forward and adjust.

Next in line is Arkansas and coach Bobby Petrino.

The University of Arkansas offense depth chart:

  • T: Ray Dominguez (6'4", 315, So.)
  • G: Wade Grayson (6'4", 292, So.)
  • C: Jonathan Luigs (6'4", 314, Sr.)
  • G: Grant Cook (6'6", 320, RFr.)
  • T: Jose Valdez (6'5", 313, Sr.)
  • RB: Michael Smith (5'7", 173, Jr.)
  • FB: Mitchell Bailey (6'1", 220, Fr.)
  • QB: Casey Dick (6'2", 215, Sr.)
  • WR: Lucas Miller (6'3", 201, Jr.)
  • WR: London Crawford (6'2", 200, Jr.)
  • WR: Joe Adams (6'0", 175, Fr.)
  • TE: D.J. Williams (6'2", 250, So.)

University of Arkansas defense depth chart:

  • DE: Jake Bequette (6'5", 265, RFr.)
  • NT: Zach Stadther (6'1", 285, Fr.)
  • DT: Malcolm Sheppard (6'3", 277, Jr.)
  • RUSH: Adrian Davis (6'4", 238, Jr.)
  • SLB: Freddy Burton (6'2", 221, So.)
  • MLB: Jerry Franklin (6'2", 229, RFr.)
  • WLB: Elston Forte (6'0", 219, Sr.)
  • CB: Jamar Love (6'1", 197, Sr.)
  • SS: Jerico Nelson (5'9", 195, Fr.)
  • FS: Elton Ford (6'0", 208, Fr.)
  • CB: Isaac Madison (6'0", 181, So.)

University of Arkansas special teams:

  • PK: Shay Haddock (5'9", 185, So.)
  • P/HOL: Jeremy Davis (5'9", 206, Sr.)
  • PR: Michael Smith (5'7", 173, Jr.)
  • KR: Dennis Johnson (5'7", 195, Fr.)

Razorbacks to watch

  • Casey Dick is having by far his best year at Arkansas. He isn't a real threat to take over a game, but he has the tools to control the game.
  • Michael Smith has a hard job getting fans to forget last year's loss of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. He has done a pretty good job so far.
  • Jerry Franklin has a set of wheels and gets all over the field to make a tackle. He is the team's leading tackler and is only a redshirt freshman.
  • Malcolm Sheppard can get to a team's quarterback when needed. He must be blocked or will break up any run or pass.
  • Jeremy Davis is a punter. However, he can put the opposing team into difficult spots with his long and booming punts.

The Cats must find a wide receiver to step up and make some plays. It will take pressure off Mike Hartline.

Hartline has been under pressure this week due to his poor performance against South Carolina last Saturday.

If Hartline can't move the ball, look for a change of pace in backup quarter back Randall Cobb. Cobb will also be playing at wide receiver and punt returns.

UK needs to get the ground game on track. It would take a lot of pressure off the passing game and will run time off the clock.

The Cats must keep the offense moving so the defense has a chance to rest. They have to convert on third down and not have a lot of three and out like last week.

The defense needs to keep doing what they have been. Not much needed to correct—just stay in their spots and make plays.

Keep pressure on Casey Dick. Make him beat them with his arm. When Dick is pressured he will make poor decisions.

This is a must win for Kentucky. You will know the rest of the season after the game.

If Kentucky loses, it is going to be very hard to get two more wins this season.

If Kentucky wins, it will take help out the confidence of the team and get them on track for the remainder of the year.

Kentucky will be playing with a lot of emotion on Saturday. Look for a slow start by both teams.

Guessing game is in order for this game.

My guess is that Cobb will come in and take over the game to the tone of 28-13 UK.


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