To mend the offense that appeared broken at times against Southern Miss, Kentucky must improve at operation, and not of the Hasbro variety.
Mark Stoops said yesterday, “Our operation wasn’t real clean early in that game,” but what does it mean for Eddie Gran’s offense?
“Get up, get down, get set, make the calls and let’s go.” Eddie Gran’s explanation wasn’t quite as clear as Nick Haynes’.
“It means that the time from getting the play to the play being ran needs to speed up for us. That can do with everything from getting the call in from the sideline, having everyone know the right call, the quarterback getting everybody set. There’s a lot of things that go on.”
If their operation is sloppy and they do not eloquently and efficiently communicate, one player can make a mistake that will force the whole team to suffer.
“It wasn’t like we were just getting beat across the board on every play. It was one guy here, one guy there where if we sure this up, the play will work,” Haynes said. “We just have to work on our discipline and our details. It’s game one. We’re not going to get too high or get too low because we have another game here and we’re happy to have the win.”
The mistakes in operation can be fixed in a week’s time, and they’re even easier to fix after a win.
“The good thing is they’re fixable. It wasn’t effort, it wasn’t a lack of want-to, it was none of that stuff. They were just honest mistakes at times,” offensive line coach John Schlarman said. “Some of those things are hidden a little bit until you play live.”
When Benny Snell first got a live opportunity to get into the end zone, he put the ball on the ground. He admitted that it took him some time to overcome the miscue.
“It got in my head. I flushed it out after a few plays, but things like that mess with me. But I’m still growing, I’m still maturing,” and the Cats still won.
The Kentucky offense did not play smart. They did not play with great technique. Despite it all, they fought through adversity. Their ability to overcome individual miscues and learn from their mistakes as one unified unit will help them reach new heights.
“We’re all in together, no matter what happens,” Haynes said. “I think that’s the best thing about our team, the ability to fight through anything.”