2011 Kentucky Preview & Recruiting 2011 Kentucky Wildcat Football Preview The 2011 Kentucky football team goes into the season with big expectations. Finishing last year at #25, Head Coach Joker Phillips has stated that "this is our year." Returning 17 starters from last years 9-4 team, there is reason for many Wildcat fans to beleive the hype. The schedule is tough this year with back-to-back-to-back road trips to Georgia, South Carolina and LSU; UK will get Ole Miss and Florida at home, though. Offense This year's Wildcat offense will have a lot of familiar faces. Senior QB Morgan Newton will continue his starting roll after taking over midseason in 2010. Newton threw for 1949 yards and 15 TD's in limited action. More importantly the Lawrence, Indiana native threw only 4 interceptions. Do-it-all man Randall Cobb returns for a senior campaign but will spend the majority of his time at running back. Cobb will still see time split out at WR, though, said Coach Phillips. Junior wide out Larod King will step into the light on the outside. The 6'4 Fort Knox, KY native posted 5TD's in limited time last season. Senior Gene McCaskill will hold down the other receiver position. The tight end positoin will be manned by Sophomore Alex Smith who is looking to have a promising Kentucky career. The rest of the offense is roudned out by an offensive line that returns all 5 starters. LT Billy Joe Murphy, LG Trevino Woods, C Matt Smith, RG Stuart Hines, and RT Jake Lanefski will be the core of the Wildcat's offense. Senior Randall Cobb will spark the 2011 offense. Defense The Wildcat defense looks to be good one, as they return 9 starters. The D will be led by All-SEC linebacker Danny Trevathan, who tallied 69 tackles, 21 TFL, 3 INT's and 1 FF & FR in 2010. Trevathan is the unquestioned leader for this years unit, and will be called upon in big time situations all year. The 6'1 223 pound Coconut Creek, FL product will have NFL eyes on him all year. Leading the defensive line into this year will be left end Taylor Wyndham. The senior notched 4 sacks last year. The linebackers are returning 3 starters, though Qua Huzzie has done enough this year to overcome last years starter at LOLB Ryan Mosby. Huzzie, Trevathan, and senior Ronnie Sneed will be the starters for this years version of the defense. The secondary also returns a lot of experience. Seniors Randall Burden (CB), Guy Winston (FS), and Josh Gibbs (SS) all return after starting last years campaign. Sophomore cornerback Martavious Neloms also returns; Neloms was the nickel corner on last years squad. Senior Danny Trevathan leads a solid defense into 2011. Expectations Overall, this years unit is expected to contend for a SEC title, anything else would be a considered a bust in Lexington. Though many fans are hoping for such a season, many fans would just like to see a 10 win campaign out of the Wildcats. If they can get through the 3 week road trip in the early part of the season still perfect and can top the Gators at home, expect big things.