Terry Wilson and the Kentucky offense went back to work this morning at the Nutter Field House. As Mark Stoops sets higher expectations for the returning starter, Terry Wilson is focusing on simple goals this spring.
“Fundamentals,” Wilson said this morning. “The biggest thing I’d say is fundamentally. I feel really comfortable with the offense and knowing where I’m supposed to be with the ball; just really emphasizing those little things that I have to correct.”
What exactly are those little things? Quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw broke it down.
“We’ve really honed out on fundamentals on throwing. We’re working on getting our lead shoulder to the target. We’re working on opening our front step. We’re pushing the ball back and doing some things we think will help increase his accuracy.”
The second-most accurate season by a quarterback in school history, most of Wilson’s completions in 2018 were not down the field. To be more explosive, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and Wilson are searching for consistent outside targets. Isaiah Epps and Josh Ali’s names have been called on the first two days of practice — the latter has a pair of exceptional receptions thus far — but the spring season is still young. The more reps they get, the stronger the connection will grow the receivers and Wilson, who’s feeling better than ever before.
“I feel more comfortable,” Wilson said. “Going into this, I know what’s expected. I know how hard I have to work to keep my job. I just gotta keep grinding, encourage others and become more vocal to my teammates.”
Life After Benny
After waiting and learning behind Benny Snell, it’s finally A.J. Rose’s time to shine.
“It feels good to come in and know you’re starting,” Rose said. “Ain’t gotta worry about getting in or playing. He left his legacy here. He’s probably the best running back to come through here and I learned a lot from him, so I’m just trying to add from my game what I got from his.”
Rose has all of the physical tools, but there’s another one Benny brought to the table that’s difficult to simulate or replicate: leadership.
“I wasn’t always a vocal person, so that’s what I’m working on this year is being vocal, helping the young guys and trying to get everybody together,” said Rose.
Rose has a few young, sharp tools joining him in the running backs room. Chris Rodriguez and Kavosiey Smoke each bring plenty of physicality, while Smoke contains an extra burst to get to the next level. Eddie Gran is anxious to see how it all shakes out over the next few months.
“Those three are going to be competing like crazy,” he said. “I love the room. Benny left it in great shape. They know what it takes to be a great running back and the physicality you have to have in this league.”