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After seeing the way the offense worked against Louisville when utilizing the hurry up before halftime and at the end of the game, do you think UK should start working it into the game plan more often? UK’s only touchdowns came in the waning seconds of the first half and when trailing by two scores with five minutes left in the game. In both instances, Morgan Newton threw the ball, the receivers got out of bounds and the Wildcats marched down the field. What could it hurt to turn to this kind of offensive efficiency earlier in the game instead of when we’re already behind?
The benefit of running the hurry up with this team seems to be threefold:
– For one, it shortens the playbook immensely. It almost seems like the play calling during the game is done by someone who doesn’t recognize the personnel we have at our disposal. I don’t care what you’ve seen in practice, designed quarterback runs do not work. However, in the hurry up, Newton was able to pick up good yardage on the ground when his first option was to pass the ball. That seems to be a more natural fit for him and is only better enabled by the utilization of the hurry up.
– In that same thread, the use of the hurry up should also limit the amount of running plays we attempt. I know the truly successful teams are the ones that can pound the ball on the ground consistently, but we all need to face facts and recognize that this team has major problems running the ball. Our highly touted offensive line has either been banged up, lacked chemistry or just plain sucked and it leaves us in a perpetual cycle of third and longs. I’d love to see Josh Clemons break a draw play for a big gain, and that would be facilitated by a successful passing assault, not turning to it as a conservative option on third and 15 after a one yard run and a quarterback sack.
– The use of the hurry up would also benefit Morgan Newton by getting him out of his own head. Newton struggles at times because he over thinks things, he holds the ball to long and ends up taking sacks or forcing dumb throws. However, in the hurry up, Newton seems much more calm and is able to get into a discernible rhythm. Similarly, the receivers can find some semblance of a rhythm as well. UK found a go-to guy in EJ Fields, mainly because he seemed to thrive in the hurry up.
Should this be something UK tries to implement throughout the course of the game against Florida? I expect us to get behind quick against the Gators, so it could be a great opportunity to work a new offensive game plan. What do you think?