In 2018, the Kentucky Wildcats football team had their best season in program history. Their 10-win season that ended in a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State, was one of their best seasons ever. Following that season, they were well represented in the 2019 NFL Draft. Superstar pass rusher Josh Allen got drafted in the top-10 to Jacksonville. The Kentucky secondary members Lonnie Johnson and Mike Edwards went in the 2nd and 3rd rounds respectively.
That fearsome defense came into 2019 with question marks after losing those three leaders. With starting safety Darius West, outside cornerbacks Chris Westry, and Derrick Baity Jr. graduating, 2019 was looking to be a rebuilding year. Especially, once veteran Davonte Robinson went down with an injury before the season even began.
The 2019 Kentucky Wildcats Secondary
The Kentucky Wildcats secondary simply did not care about their lack of experience last season. They went on to be one of the best secondaries in the country. They only allowed 9 passing touchdowns all season. That had them in a tie for first in the entire FBS. As a defense, they allowed 19.3 points per game, which put them at 14th in the country. Within their conference, they allowed the least amount of passing yards per game at just 167.8. Kentucky finished 2nd in the SEC in completion percentage and completions per game. Perhaps what is most amazing about these statistics, is that the Kentucky secondary returns every single player this year from last year. So, let’s get to know them a bit better.