For the second straight week, Nick Haynes was forced into action at center. For the second straight week, bad snaps led to fumbles, albeit recovered by the offense.
“It’s hurt us,” Mark Stoops said after the game. “You don’t see it as much in practice, so you don’t think it’s an issue. Then you get out there, all the situations are different. I believe that bad snap was fourth-and-one, so you get a little anxious maybe.”
Haynes doesn’t attribute it to nerves. It keeps happening because it’s new.
“It’s just something new to me,” Haynes said. “It’s newer to me. It’s the third position I’ve played — tackle, guard, now at center — It’s a little difficult to snap the ball. It’s not as easy as it looks. I’m trying everything. I got about 60, 50 snaps that game and only two were bad. Maybe next week we’ll get it down to zero.”
It’s something the team took for granted for four years under Jon Toth, but Haynes is confident repetition will eliminate the problem.
“If you practice it enough and get it to the cylinder enough, then that’s going to keep happening. That’s going to be your norm. It’s just not my normal yet, but I’m going to get it there. I promise.”
Even though the ball has been put on the ground more than most would like, Kentucky is +4 in turnover margin through two weeks of football, a primary emphasis during the preseason.