This Saturday Matt House will get to see what his 2017 defense looks like in a live scrimmage for the first time. Â As his offensive counterpart Eddie Gran might say, now he gets to see how they play “when the bullets are flying.”
â€œSo much of when we go out here in practice, practice is scripted,” House said after Wednesday’s practice. Â “You have a team run period, you have a third-down period. You move the ball and play in the red zone. A scrimmage, a great thing about it is, youâ€™re playing a whole game, right? So in your own mind, you have to put yourself in that situation that, â€˜Hey we just went from normal down and distance to itâ€™s third-and-long without the period flipping it.â€™ Now the kids have got to play situational football.â€
How they react will be revealed on film and in the numbers. Â The first priority for House’s defense is easier said than done.
â€œNo. 1, stop the run,” said House. Â “We want to continue to see the guys straining for the football and guys having situational football awareness, understanding whether itâ€™s third and long, understanding when the ball gets into the strike zone, the red zone and just play football, not just run calls.â€
Last year Kentucky surrendered 228.15 yards per game on the ground to rank 110th nationally and 12th in the SEC. Â It all starts up front.Â Quinton Bohanna received early praise from the coaches, but Saturday’s scrimmage is a different level of football for the true freshman.
You’ve heard what House wants to see, but Freddie Maggard provides much more detail here.Â