Sports book gambling skepticism is high at Kentucky where Joker Phillips has taken over as head coach for Rich Brooks, who had a successful 8 year on line sports gambling run at UK. Phillips was the offensive coordinator under Brooks and was also the “head coach in waiting”. He has the advantage of knowing the Kentucky landscape and culture as well as having a system in place.
The big question, however, is if he can match Brooks’ leadership and management success. Veterans that have been gambling sports remember Kentucky as a coaching graveyard until Brooks turn the program around and retired after four consecutive bowl seasons.
Kentucky had a sports book gambling record of 7-6 straight up and 6-7 against the spread last year and ended up with a bowl loss to Clemson 13-21 as 6.5 point dogs. Phillips’ offense was not impressive at all as it finished 93rd in the country for total yards, 114th in passing, and 70th in scoring.
Kentucky’s sports book gambling strength was their ground attack and it should be an asset again this year. Randall Cobb returns after rushing for 538 yards and a 6.4 yards per carry average with 10 touchdowns.
Wide receiver Chris Matthews is another sports book gambling asset for the Wildcats. Last year Matthews caught 31 passes for 337 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Kentucky will have serious sports book gambling question marks at quarterback with a trio of players vying for the starting position this spring. Morgan Newton, Mike Hartline, and Ryan Mossakowski will all get long looks and the competition may continue on into summer camp this August.
Hartline completed 60% of his passes last year for 792 yards and a 6/6 touchdown to interception ratio while Newton completed 58% of his passes for 569 yards and a 5/3 touchdown to interception ratio. Mossakowski is a redshirt freshman.
With improved production at quarterback Kentucky could make another bowl in 2010.