Wildcats defense gets first SEC Test

The Kentucky Wildcats visit the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday

By Michael Hicks

Rich Brooks knows this weekend’s game against Alabama is a chance to introduce his defense to the rest of the nation. Kentucky (4-0) is first nationally in scoring defense, allowing 5.5 points per game and is atop the conference in both sacks (two) and first downs allowed (45).

The Wildcats have yet to face an SEC opponent though; Louisville is Kentucky ’s most impressive win so far. The others Norfolk State , Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky are not murders row.

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Now it is time do it against an SEC team.

Tackles Corey Peters and Myron Pryor look like one of the best tackle tandems in the SEC. Junior Jeremy Jarmon is a pass-rushing force on the end. Preseason All- SEC corner Trevard Lindley has two interceptions so far this season. The Tide may catch a break if leading tackler Micha Johnson is not able to play with an ankle injury.

Brooks Knows in order to go into Tuscaloosa and get the win the defense will have to create turnovers. The Cat’s have a turnover margin of plus-four so far this season.