Toledo’s Bryant Koback vs. UK Defense

Let’s be real. Toledo’s offense is capable of some massive numbers. Looking at their 2018 season, they scored 50 or more points in half of their games and torched defenses with a well-balanced passing, rushing, and special teams attack. Their top Running Back, redshirt freshman Bryant Koback averaged 6 yards per carry last season, had 14 touchdowns, and is fully expected to have a monstrous year in the 2019 campaign. If his name sounds familiar, it should. A couple years ago when Vince Marrow was in Ohio recruiting and landing elite studs like Lynn Bowden, Bryant Koback was one of his biggest grabs.

Photo from @koback27 (far left) on Twitter

Back at the beginning of 2018, just after Drew Barker announced that he was leaving UK, then redshirted Koback announced that he was transferring to his hometown school of Toledo to be closer to his family. UK agreed with the NCAA to allow a transfer with immediate availability, so there’s no reason to think that there is bad blood between the running back and his former team, but that doesn’t mean the Doak Walker Award Nominee (given to nation’s top halfback) won’t be playing with a chip on his shoulder and looking to put his team on his back at Kroger Field. Last year he impressively led the MAC with an average of 4.01 after contact. He’s a bruising back with speed and thrives on physical play, so UK’s defense will have its hands full all day.

In years past, this would have been a recipe for absolute disaster on an opening Saturday in Lexington. More times than any of us would like to remember, we’ve seen smaller schools come into SEC country and push the UK line around the field and run it straight up the gut for huge chunks over and over. This year, with 6’4″  361 pound Quinton Bohanna at Nose Tackle and a deep corps of Linebackers led by Kash Daniel, UK appears to have the right pieces in place to put the brakes on the Rockets talented halfback.

What we’ll all be waiting to see is how well UK will be able to execute on defense, and Toledo’s offense will be a very tough test to kick off the season. My prediction… UK will make a few mistakes early and Toledo will have a few scores, but UK’s offense will always counter. 38-24 Cats and a fun win to start the season. While I hope to see a convincing and dominating win over Toledo, I’d love to see Koback have a huge return to Lexington and play at his full potential.

Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat. Good luck, kid!

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