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Neal Brown is excited to be home, ready to get to work

Neal Brown’s resume speaks for itself. As an offensive coordinator at both Texas Tech and Troy he not only turned the respective offenses in the right direction, he got them to the point of national recognition. Today’s press conference reemphasized that he was the correct hire by new head coach Mark Stoops. He believes in the program’s reemergence and, as a Danville native and Kentucky grad, he has a personal stake in it.

“My whole family is UK fans. They grew up Kentucky fans,” Brown said. “They’ve had a lot of season tickets. They’re UK fans. Whether I’m here or not, they’re UK fans.”

Returning to coach at your alma mater can come with a lot of added pressure, which is something Brown acknowledged today. He told his family, who all still reside in-state, that, previously, his coaching career was isolated from them and now it’ll be “at their front door”. Thankfully, Brown steps into situation where the cupboard is far from bare on the offensive side of the football, especially at quarterback. There are three guys, all in the sophomore class, that will fight to be Brown’s starting quarterback next season. Brown expects a tough competition for that starting spot and thinks it will last through spring practice and maybe even continue through training camp.

“It’s a good problem. It’s really not a (problem). It’s a good situation,” Brown said when asked about the impending quarterback competition. “We’ve got three guys that can play quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. How we’re going to handle that is, it’s going to be an open competition.”

Many Kentucky fans are excited to see Brown back because of the return of his “Air Raid offense” which is similar to former coach Hal Mumme’s offense of the late 90s, a team Brown was a part of. Brown expects to run a lot of the same base plays that were in that offense, but with a little more rushing attempts and a faster tempo. Mumme’s offense carried Kentucky to two consecutive bowl appearances in the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

Kentucky’s offense under Randy Sanders had a lot of spread looks before a change in philosophy after Max Smith’s injury. Brown thinks that will make the implementation of his offense a lot easier for the quarterbacks.

“It’s really a simple system,” Brown said. “The first three days of spring practice we’ll install the whole system. It’s a system that the quarterbacks will be able to learn in a two to three week period while I’m gone recruiting. They can watch some videos and really have a good idea of what we want to do when I get back.”

Recruiting is something Brown has jumped directly into since he was hired. He’s been visiting guys that have already committed to Kentucky as well as recruits he thinks that will fit in his offense. Brown says recruiting skills players into his offense has never been a problem because they understand they are a priority in his system. Brown said it felt great to put the UK logo back on his chest and sell players on continuing their education in Lexington.

“(I tell them) this is a great place to go to school. The fan base is incredible. So it’s a really easy sell for me, and when I put that back on, it felt like home.”

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

13 Comments for Neal Brown is excited to be home, ready to get to work

  1. KYFootballFan
    5:20 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    I can not wait for football season next year. I hope he is right and there are 70,000 people in CWS, because thats a big reason for me to go to the game or stay home and watch it on tv. Go Cats

  2. diamondblu7
    5:33 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    Wtf donde esta los podcastos en el applicado

  3. stratblend
    5:33 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    Go get em, Neal. Welcome home!

  4. Donde esta el zapatorio
    5:46 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    2) los podcastos no esta aqui. Esta en el bano. (Sorry.. Public school Spanish classes… I clearly have no idea what I’m talking about).

    In regards to UK, I haven’t said this in about 3 years. I can’t wait for footbll season! Go CATS!

  5. BobKYCats
    6:03 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    Czy ktoś wie co się stało z podcastu?

  6. Earl
    6:17 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    Still tared of dat ole fooseball!

  7. Just sayin.....
    6:23 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    He didn’t graduate from UK. That would be UMass.

  8. So so hire
    6:25 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    Glad he’s ready to work, because after 3 years of Joker there is plenty of work to be done

  9. Joker and Randy
    6:44 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    Really? The fan base was upset because we ran the bubble screen too often and now they are excited that the new offense is based off of Hal Mumme’s bubble screen offense that averaged < 19 points per SEC game his last year? Lots of luck to the new staff. Hope the fans and the University will give them 6-7 years to turn it around.

  10. texasfatcat
    6:58 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    He needs to start recruiting Luke Mckenzie out of Trigg County as soon as possible… word is the kid already has offers from 3 other SEC schools, two Big 12 schools, and two ACC Schools..

    Kid is putting up similar numbers to what Towles did but he is only a Junior…

  11. paducahfan
    8:15 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    good kids from western kentucky generally go to vandy

  12. So so hire
    9:26 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    Go back and look at how the Mummie era teams and last years team run the screens are totally different. Mummie’s teams the WR blocked or they didn’t play. Last year the WR missed blocks or didn’t try hard for the block. Plus a Mummie used the screen more on first or second down then he did on 3rd and long. Mummie threw the ball down field it’s just Sanford and yeast where so good at Breaking the short plays It just suited those teams to pass short the 1 year Mummie had JLO he aired itout. Bonner just didn’t have the arm streng. Watch the Air raid years that offence was nothing like Jokers. It is entertaining to watch.

  13. So so hire
    9:39 pm December 18, 2012 Permalink

    #11 I agree with you and that’s why we changed coaches. Let’s hope Stoops can keep them home. The facts are for UK to be good we must keep the good players from in state! Don’t confuse Kentucky not having a lot of high school talent as not having any. It’s just there isn’t enough talent to supply 3 schools. Stoops must win the instate battle against Strong then get what we can in FLa, Georgia, and Ohio.
    How much better would UK have been if we would have kept Lamar Dawson, which I think we could have with Sioops. That kid went to USC and did things no freshmen had done in 20 years.He started at MLB as a freshman. He impressed the coaches enuff they gave him #55 which is a huge deal at SC.