The minute Bradley Dale Peveto took the stage at the Women’s Clinic, I knew I was going to love him. If you read his bio, you’d know that Peveto is a Texas native whose worked on LSU’s staff from 2005 to 2008, but you can hear that Texas/Cajun influence shine through when he speaks. Peveto is Kentucky’s safeties and special teams’ coach and worked with Mark Stoops at the University of Houston back in 2000. Peveto (pronounced PEE-veh-toe…seriously, he made the audience practice saying it) said that the minute he heard Mark Stoops had taken the head coaching job at UK, he was ready to hop on board the Big Blue train.
The excitement surrounding Kentucky football is not surprising to UK’s eldest coach, who was on the LSU staff when the Cats upset the Tigers in Commonwealth Stadium back in 2007. Peveto said coming to Lexington and seeing the crowd of fans tailgating early and watching fans storm the field made it clear to him that football was a passion in the Bluegrass: “I said, ‘This isn’t a basketball school, it’s a football school!'”.
Peveto is bringing that enthusiasm to the special teams, which he’s dubbed the “Krazy Cats.” Why the kitschy nickname? Peveto said that several teams in the SEC do this to give the special teams an identity. Often times, special teams are an after-thought, when in reality, they set the tone for the game, and can be the difference between a win and a loss. Peveto wants to instill that pride in his players, whom he says can go home to their parents and say they’re starters in the SEC. The Krazy Cats motto:
When Peveto says the Krazy Cats are “the tip of the spear,” he means they have the first opportunity to set the tone and make things happen. Because of Neal Brown’s high-tempo offense, Peveto stressed the importance of having back-ups for special teams in the future. Right now, the staff expects Neal Brown’s offense to get 110 snaps in per game. Many of those same players will play on special teams, which may account for 30 extra snaps per game. Peveto is focusing on recruiting players who can be dedicated solely to special teams in order to ensure the unit won’t be fatigued.
If Peveto’s teasers were any indication, the days of Mumme may be back in more ways than one. He told fans to expect fakes and tricks from the special teams this season, which is bringing back all sorts of Craig Yeast memories for this gal.
Peveto may have summed up the goal of the “Krazy Cats” the best when he said that when he leaves Kentucky one day, whether it be for retirement or “just dropping down dead,” he wants to be able to say that he’s made a difference. By placing such an importance on special teams, he’s instilling that belief in his players as well.