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Neal Brown talks to the Louisville QB Club

Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator Neal Brown took some time today to meet with the Louisville Quarterback Club.  Some of the talk was much of the same, with Brown once again letting everyone know that the quarterback race for next year will likely continue a few weeks into the fall practices. John Clay of the Herald Leader was on hand to relay some of Brown’s messages from the speaking engagement.

Here are 5 of the best tidbits from his talk:

1) The Kentucky staff’s message to the recruits is that everyone remembers “the first.”

If you’ve been wondering what the coaching staff has been selling the latest “big gets” on the recruiting trail (besides the opportunity for early playing time and a chance to compete in the SEC), the vision of being a part of the first group to turn Kentucky football into a championship contending program is clearly a top selling point. The staff has been able to build upon that idea,  putting the pieces together for a class worth talking about, which has created a palpable buzz in the college football world. While some kids are looking for a chance to be a part of an already established program, where winning and competing for championships is the norm— some kids relish in the opportunity to pave their own path. That seems to be the idea Brown and the staff are focusing on at the moment.

2) Brown thinks the UK fan base is the most active fan base in social media.

We’ve seen the good and the bad of this effect over the years, especially with Kentucky basketball. If someone writes a piece about Kentucky basketball, they know it will be read by the masses. For decades, Kentucky basketball fans swarm polls, support their team, travel across the country, etc. The Kentucky fan base hasn’t had much reason to reach that level of excitement and passion for the football program, but now that Stoops has given them a reason– the fans are all over it. The recruits are feeling the love on Twitter on a daily basis. The coaching staff not only notices, but seems to believe it’s helping with the momentum and recruiting process.

3) The wide receiver picture for next year is… interesting to say the least

With some of the recent departures from the program, the fact that the receiving corp is very, very thin should come as no surprise. Brown says the team might have a tryout just to increase the numbers to see what they can find. Luckily Brown likes the depth and talent at the tight end position, which might help to plug some of the receiver holes. Brown also said that the recruiting process for wide receivers in the future is going well. The staff will be picky about the position, but Kentucky is already “in” on some big-time targets.

4) Ashely Lowery is recovering well

Following a very scary car accident earlier this summer, Lowery is recovering well. The staff is cautiously optimistic about his return for the fall.

5) Current commitments understand the challenges ahead this season

One general concern that has been floating around as of late is that while the 2014 class is so strong right now, it might be hard for the staff to keep all of the commitments in tact following what could be a tough season with a brutal SEC schedule. The results on the field may not be pretty, and certainly may not match the excitement and enthusiasm created by the nation’s current top 2 recruiting class for 2014. Brown says that part of the conversation with the new commitments though is that this season may not be smooth and the challenges will be huge. Brown doesn’t believe the results of this season will have an effect on the incoming recruits. Phew.

 

And last but not least, Neal Brown was quoted by John Clay as saying that “Coach Calipari has made Kentucky cool. We’ve got to make Kentucky football cool.” 

I think this staff is well on the way…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

11 Comments for Neal Brown talks to the Louisville QB Club



  1. jpgott2
    3:46 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I love the way it seems Coach Brown is attacking the recruiting trail. He is fueling a recruits desire to be at UK while being logical about current expectations. Keep it up coach!



  2. Michael F. Jox
    3:47 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    “Coach Calipari has made Kentucky cool.” ouch, that only hurts a little bit.



  3. Call Me Ishmail
    3:59 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I’m one of the few Louisville fans who’ll readily admit that I often spy on the enemy, for two reasons. (1) I like to know what you all are working with on your rosters and on the recruiting trail in order to compare successes and better evaluate outcomes of future sporting events and (2) because your fan base leaves a significantly larger web footprint than ours for a number of reasons.

    So allow me to be potentially the first Louisville fan to openly say that what Mark Stoops is doing on the recruiting trail is nothing short of spectacular. If he can maintain that level of recruiting through what, I’m sure, will be a couple of tough seasons as he works high-level talent into the rotation, the Commonwealth shall no longer be known as a one-sport state. If our football matchup can grow to the level of marquee matchup that the basketball game always is; the athletic departments around here might start getting some national praise, as they long should have been, for truly stellar overall athletic portfolios.



  4. Nathan
    4:09 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    3) That might be the most intellectual comment I have ever heard or read from a Louisville fan. Color me impressed.



  5. theSkinny81
    4:31 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    3 – No way in HELL you are a real Louisville fan. Your post made entirely too much sense… 😉

    In all seriousness, thanks for the kind words, and congrats to your Athletic Department on a fine year.



  6. Loud Christmas
    4:45 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Love the haircut.



  7. Sam
    4:52 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    3: Go to Hades. Just kidding. Nice post. But you’ve created an oxymoron –> “An intelligent post by a UL fan!” Or, a “Reasonable UL fan”.



  8. DH
    4:53 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    6) I THINK you meant Lloyd Christmas.. Ya pumpkin-pie hair-cutted freak. anyway, I couldn’t care less what Neal’s hair looks like if he can bring back a fun, air raid offense



  9. Tampa Satchel
    8:06 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    What can Brown do for you?



  10. Big Willie Cauley-Stein
    8:21 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I can catch passes…



  11. Earache
    4:30 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I love the quote at the end. I’m very excited about this staff and what they’ve been able to do. They really do “Get It”.