Analysts say Cats need to speed it up for Leary

Published 12:00 pm Saturday, October 21, 2023

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Does Kentucky need to speed up the tempo of play to help quarterback Devin Leary be more efficient?

In SEC games, Leary is 48 of 101 passing for 502 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions. He has also been sacked a combined seven times in the last two games, losses to Georgia and Missouri.

SEC Network sideline analyst Cole Cubelic said near the end of last week’s 38-21 loss to Missouri that assistant coaches on the North Carolina State staff when Leary was there told him “not going tempo has greatly impacted” Leary’s play at UK.

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ESPN/SEC Network booth analyst Jordan Rogers, a former college quarterback, said even though UK has played seven games it “can’t afford not to restructure” its offense before playing its final five games.

“You have got to get your quarterback playing at a higher level. Take some things off his plate pre-snap, simplify things,” Rogers said. “You talk about finding the right quarterback for your situation and the best fit for your system. It’s not about just getting the best quarterback (out of the transfer portal).”

Rogers said UK is still the team that dominated Florida, but running back Ray Davis ran for 280 yards in that win.

“You have got to have some balance in your offense,” Rogers said. “If you can’t at least be consistent in the passing game to spread the defense out, it’s just hard to score in the SEC.