BLOG: Cats season finally over

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by Kent Spencer

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 1, 2013 at 1:51 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's over. The 2013 Kentucky football season is in the books and the Cats wrapped up the season with a 2-10 record and falling to rival Tennessee 27-14.

For a second straight season UK failed to win a game in the SEC.

In the post game news conference you could see the frustration on the face of UK head coach Mark Stoops. Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown both said they knew what they were getting into but I doubt they knew the talent level was this bad when they took the job.

For starters Kentucky has to get better in two areas, quarterback play and on the offensive line. For those who think Drew Barker is the answer as a true freshman, you're nuts. True freshman rarely have success in the SEC and it's going to take some time for him to get his feet under him.  That being said it's big that he'll start school and working out with the team in January. Jalen Whitlow and Reese Phillips will also be in the mix. Max Smith, you just don't know. Smith has been so beat up for two years it's not crazy to think he'll never be healthy enough to compete for the job.

Up front Neal Brown says he was happy with his tackles but they've got to get better in the middle of the offensive line. Ultimately it's a unit that needs more competition. More guys capable of playing and pushing each other.

In the end the UK football program isn't a quick fix. Mark Stoops says the rebuilding process continues and it starts Monday.
 

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