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Sep 9, 2012 12:38 AM by Alan Cutler

UK Could Not Have Scored 47 Against Kent State Last Year

The feeling you picked up from both the players and coaches after UK blew out Kent State was the way it was supposed to be. UK didn't beat Mississippi State who beat Auburn on Saturday, but at least on offense they looked really good against Kent State and understand they need to get better.

If you are going to say that it's no big deal putting up 47 against Kent State, remember how bad UK's offense was last year against Western Kentucky who believed going into the season that they were ready to beat UK. Last years offense couldn't have put up 44 points against this Kent State team.

Last year there were times the passing game was so bad, the defense didn't respect it, so they loaded up in the box and shut down UK's running game. Any defensive coach who looks at the tape of the UK-Kent State game knows you can't put eight guys in the box. You have to think about playing up UK straight up. That opens the field for the tailbacks who are running behind a better offensive line. The passing game helped Raymond Sanders and Jonathan George get their long TD runs. Plus, quarterback Max Smith gets rid of the ball quicker than any QB UK has had in a long time.

No, you shouldn't get to high from blowing out Kent State 47-14, but it's safe to say that there is a lot more potential with this UK team than last season.

Here are some comments from UK's players after the game.

#2, Alvin "Bud" Dupree, LB

On how the defense played today ...
"I think we got better from last week. Even thought the competition level was down, we still did things that could help us improve us in the long run."

On what specifically he thinks he has made improvements on ...
"Effort and assignments. Last week no one was lining up in the right position. This week, we made sure everybody was in on the gameplan and to make sure everyone was in the right position to make good plays."

On what helped this weeks performance ...
"Concentration at practice and during the game. Starting at the first day of practice of the week, getting prepared for the team we played, everybody come out focused and gave 100 percent."

On the run defense improving from last weekend ...
"I think we did better than last week, but we still have a lot to prove. We are just going to work hard next week and just get better."

#4, Raymond Sanders III, TB

On limiting turnovers...
"That definitely was the emphasis. We felt like it hurt us last week. We left points on the field with those turnovers, so we wanted to make sure we held onto the ball, got the ball back to the ref. When we do that, we feel like we can get the ball in the end zone."

On responding after the Louisville loss ...
"We didn't want to dwell on it. We didn't want Louisville to beat us twice, so we just came out of practice and (keeping the ball high) was stressed a lot."

On the veterans' performance ...
"We put in the work. A lot of guys put in the extra work this offseason. Those young guys are still talented and we feel like they can get the job done. We feel like they can help us keep improving."

#27, Aaron Boyd, WR

On seeing himself coming into this season catching 11 passes...
"It's a dream come true, really. I'm really grateful for this opportunity that I've gotten. I just really hope to keep on making the best out of it."

On his touchdown ...
"It felt good. We knew the play would be there, you know. We practice it all week during practice. We executed the game plan."

On if his touchdown was a big confidence boost...
"It's always a big confidence boost, knowing that you can come out on the field and do something for your team, help your team and hopefully have a good week of practice next week. We'll keep it going and help get us going against Western (Kentucky)."

# 11, Maxwell Smith, QB

On the offense running the ball and Raymond Sanders...
"I told him he was going to do it. I was like ‘take it to the house,' and he did. That was pretty cool, I guess. I predicted that one. I was glad we were able to run the ball like that tonight. We started off a little bit shaky and after that we were good."

On scoring 47 points ...
"I told the guys lets get 50. I texted them let's get 50. I thought we went out and got pretty close. I felt like we did a pretty good job."

On Aaron Boyd ...
"I knew Aaron (Boyd) could do it. He may not be the fastest, but he's a good route runner and he's got good hands. So, I kept going to him. I knew we had a small secondary so I just kind of threw it up but he came down with it."

#1, Martavius Neloms, CB

On the biggest improvement ...
"Communication. We were communicating and once we get lined up I feel like we play our best ball."

On forcing a fumble...
"It was kind of unexpected, actually. The receiver kind of just ran past me. I was expecting to get blocked, but I was able to make a play on him."

On the team and win as a whole ...
"It was good for confidence. It was our first home game so you want to win the opener and defend your home. But, it was good for our confidence. We want to enjoy this win tonight, go out tomorrow and watch film, and get ready for next week."

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