Yesterday at the UK women’s clinic Neal Brown laid out the philosophy of the Air Raid offense he has brought to UK. 1. Play fast. 2. Throw first. 3. Get the ball to playmakers in space. Its an ideology that is much welcomed after several years of bubble screens and third and long draw plays it’s going to be nice to see some exciting football. The new offense is going to have a big impact on the returning playmakers but who do you expect to benefit most from Neal Brown’s system? Here’s a look at how the Air Raid could improve each guy:
Following the spring game it looked like Whitlow would be the starting QB this fall. Even if he isn’t under center the dynamic player could find a way onto the field at another position to make an impact. Whitlow did a fine job last year after he was called on to fill a position that was hit with injury after injury. Especially considering he hadn’t started a game at QB since his freshman year of high school. With 7 games of experience under his belt and the ability to move and pass the Air Raid allows Whitlow could have an explosive year. Any of the QBs should show a major improvement with the pass first system.
Yesterday Coach Mainord told the UK wide receivers they “won the football lottery” with the Air Raid offense and lack of depth at position. There’s a big opportunity for both the incoming freshman and the JUCO transfers to play immediately but a guy with prior SEC experience could really benefit. Enter Demarco Robinson. Robinson is the oldest member of the receiving corps after the razing that took place over the past couple of months and should be called on early in the year. Robinson had a few big games as a sophomore but next year could be the year that he breaks loose. As of now he was listed first on the UK depth chart. Robinson could have a really big 2013.
With Josh Clemons sidelined once again it will be one Raymond Sanders to anchor the running back attack. Under the new offense Sanders could see a drop in production but as defenses are forced to respect the pass he could easily find some seams for a big time run. Sanders could also impact the offense with the great blocking ability his frame provides. Expect Sanders to move even further into the 1000 yard club this season.
Who is your pick for the player who will make the biggest leap under the Air Raid offense? @ACassady_KSR