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Kentucky football’s Derrick Baity one of nation’s most improved

Kentucky cornerback Derrick Baity (29) took off running after an interception during the second quarter of a 45-7 loss in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.
Kentucky cornerback Derrick Baity (29) took off running after an interception during the second quarter of a 45-7 loss in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Lexington Herald-Leader

Our friends over at Pro Football Focus, which has expanded its analytics to the college game, has picked its 18 most improved college football players this season.

Kentucky cornerback Derrick Baity made the list. The sophomore is one of three SEC players that made the most-improved list.

PFF SEC writer Gordon McGuinness writes:

“Baity struggled in limited duty as a freshman last year, giving up a reception on 68.2 percent of this passes thrown into his coverage, but has shown a marked improvement in 2016. This year he has allowed a reception on 54.5 percent of targets, down almost 14 percent from a year ago. After failing to record a single interception or pass breakup last year, he has now recorded two interceptions and five pass breakups so far this year. Finally, his production at the position has increased, and after allowing an average of 1.53 yards per coverage snap in 2015, he has seen that drop to 1.16 in 2016. He might not be a top cornerback yet, but with such a big improvement in 2016, he’s on his way.”

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson also made the list. Says the site, “In the offseason, we documented Lamar Jackson’s potential as a breakout player. No one, however, anticipated such a dramatic improvement. Jackson’s overall grade has soared from 68.8 to 92.2, highlighting the quality of his performances.”

Be sure and check out the entire post.

Georgia at Kentucky

When: Saturday, 7:30

Where: Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington

Records: Kentucky is 5-3 overall, 4-2 in SEC; Georgia is 4-4 overall, 2-4 in the SEC

TV: SEC Network with Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer and Kaylee Hartung

Radio: UK Network with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel

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