Respected voices in the Power Five coaching network are once again sharing their thoughts on the Kentucky Wildcats football team as the 2023 season looms. In discussion was Kentucky’s strategy, its key impacts from their transfer portal program, and the return of Liam Coen as offensive coordinator.
In essence, the consensus from these anonymous coaches, primarily from SEC peers, is undeniably positive for the Wildcats. They lauded the Wildcats’ keen eye and effective strategy with the transfer portal. Maine coaches make it clear that the program favors long-term developments over short sprints facilitated by the portal. However, Kentucky has leveraged the portal for sensible plug-ins to bolster the roster as needed. Well-thought-out additions like Tayvion Robinson from Virginia Tech validate this credit.
Credit was also given to Kentucky’s efficiency to identify and fill gaps in positions of importance, with the offensive line being a notable case. It’s a testament to the program’s system, that has done remarkably well since the portal came into play in 2021.
The return of Liam Coen to the coaching staff has been received with enthusiasm. His impact on the offensive line-up is touted as a major boost for the team, despite Will Levis’ transition to the NFL. Coen’s vision aligns seamlessly with coach Mark Stoops, where they look to bring new strategies to run the ball, extending control times and aiding the defense.
Devin Leary, a new entry from the transfer portal, has also caught the attention of many. His selection could be pivotal towards Kentucky’s aspirations and possibly elevate them to previous peak levels, if he delivers.
Liam Coen yearns for another powerful season, after helping guide Kentucky to their 10-win 2021 season. The positive feedback from fellow SEC adorers indicates a respected status in the league for Coen and Mark Stoops’ Wildcats as they gear up for the 2023 season.