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Darin Hinshaw is Prepared to Double Terry Wilson’s Passing Attempts

Terry Wilson will carry a heavier load for Kentucky’s offense this fall. Now, co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw will tell you something you don’t know.

“Last year we were more about running the ball. We had a first year quarterback with Terry Wilson and he only threw about 20 times a game. We are going to have to increase that this year to 35 to 40 times a game,” Hinshaw said Monday afternoon.

Hinshaw’s remarks at the Louisville Quarterback Club luncheon were enlightening. Obviously, Wilson was expected to do more without Benny Snell in the backfield, but I never anticipated hearing exactly how much more from any of the tight-lipped coaches in the preseason. The shear volume is also intriguing. A Mark Stoops UK offense has never averaged more than 33 attempts per game.

The specificity of the revelation tells me a few things. When Hinshaw and Eddie Gran came to Kentucky, we knew they preferred a high-power offense that emphasized the passing game. They did it at Cincinnati and we saw as much for one half with Drew Barker, until he suffered what was ultimately a career-ending back injury against Southern Miss. Playing the hand they were dealt, the winning offensive formula evolved.

Without Benny Snell in the mix in 2019, they could lean on A.J. Rose and Co. to carry the load, but that will not be the case. Gran and Hinshaw have confidence in Wilson and they also believe the wide receivers can be capable playmakers. A group oozing with potential, yet not much production aside from Lynn Bowden, the offense can rediscover its explosiveness if Josh Ali, Isaiah Epps and Co. take their game to another level.

Lastly, Hinshaw’s statement reveals that Stoops is willing to let loose his reins on the offense. It’s something the quarterbacks coach admitted was not always the case a year ago (and the offensive coaches completely understood).

“We have a great coach in Mark Stoops who understands the game and managing the game. A lot of times on the headset (last year) you would hear (from Stoops), ‘Don’t screw this up.’ We have the defensive player of the year and we knew what we had to do and that was the recipe for winning ten games and we are going to find the recipe this year,” Hinshaw said.

“We should have won 12 last year and ten the year before. We are very close to making Kentucky great.”

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

25 Comments for Darin Hinshaw is Prepared to Double Terry Wilson’s Passing Attempts

  1. cats646
    11:12 am July 30, 2019 Permalink

    I love that last sentence.
    Let’s get it!
    BRING IT!!!!

    • mashburnfan1
      11:22 am July 30, 2019 Permalink

      I said last year the offensive coaching, and refusal to change, lost us the A&M game and cost us any chance to win vs UT. They went into A&M thinking we could not run so they did not try, yet Benny averaged 4.6 per carry but only got it 13 times. Exact opposite vs UT, we thought we would run for 400 yards and they took it away yet we refused to change or adjust in game. This just stick with game plan may need “steal a line from Cal here, a tweak once in a while if the other team adjusted their game plan. I do agree we need to throw more, and deeper, but 32-35 attempts {with far less 2 yard passes or passes behind the line of scrimmage} should be plenty {again according to how each game is going} as we have a great Oline and several very good or better running backs.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:15 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      Would have been tough to beat UT after the physical game with Georgia the week before. I would settle for not throwing across the field to try to gain 2 yards…half the time, they didn’t even have a blocker out there.

    • mashburnfan1
      1:31 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      I agree runnin…the UGA game the week prior beat us as well but we still did not try to adjust. Maybe if we had and got something going who knows, that group was pretty tough minded. And yes by 2 yard route, most of them are to the sideline and take a 15-20 yard throw. If we are going to throw it 15-20 yards please throw it down the field….was soooooooo frustrating to watch time and time again. And like you said the players were even up or to the D advantage, adjust the call when we see that.

    • runningunnin.454
      4:40 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      I know what you mean, mash. Every time I see that pass to the sideline, I cringe, thinking this is going to be a pick six. Throw it down the field.

  2. kjd
    11:38 am July 30, 2019 Permalink

    Pass attempts will not be different this year IF Wilson doesn’t improve on his consistency and accuracy. I honestly don’t see Wilson making the jump to being really good which we absolutely need this year.

    • StillBP
      11:47 am July 30, 2019 Permalink

      At least the people who get paid a lot of money to do this for a living and watch him play/practice more than you have more faith in his abilities than you.

    • satcheluk
      12:29 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      Having RBs that can catch out of the backfield should open up throwing lanes.

    • mashburnfan1
      1:40 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      kjd did you even watch the games, he was a FR in terms of playing at this level. MOST Fr don’t even play as a QB in the SEC unless needed by some emergency. Remember Tua did not play much as a FR until coach got desperate at half of title game. Very few FR that do play, any position, put up eye popping numbers. Don’t know what you expect but he did what he was asked to do, PERIOD. Plus he had several passes dropped, most by Baker. Yea he made some bad throws but most of his bad passes and decisions were in obvious passing downs. Our OLine did not give much time {they were great at run blocking but so so in obvious pass situations}. And even great QB’s at pro and college struggle most in obvious passing situations. Also take into account our WR group seems to run the route then stop, can’t do that with a scrambling QB. Terry will be fine and still has lots to learn, seems like he is doing his work though.

    • kjd
      7:56 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      Yes, I’m a season ticket holder.
      I saw the games where Wilson didn’t have it that game and the passing game would be abandoned. We had the luxury of Snell and a stout defense to lean on. Spotlight is on Wilson now. We’ll find out soon enough.

    • cats646
      3:12 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      I agree mashburn.

    • CatfaninCinci
      4:51 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      Here’s the deal. If this Mashburnfan1 doesn’t show up for basketball season, I will be relentless on football next season.

  3. John Capilari
    11:59 am July 30, 2019 Permalink

    I see increasing pass attempts this year, but I will be shocked if it’s 15 more per game on average.

    • 2thepoint
      12:13 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      I agree. If he is markedly better would increase pass attempts, but would open up the run for him too.

  4. Ridge Runner
    12:13 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

    Terry, this is your year my man!

  5. Nick
    2:40 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

    Wilson showed flashes last year that he could be a good SEC QB. I see no reason why KY fans shouldn’t expect him to get better. But I don’t like the comparison to him and freshmen QBs… He was on his third college team, I think it’s ok to have expected more from Terry than you would a true freshmen QB.

    • StillBP
      2:53 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      Should we have expected much more from a guy who never played a game when he was on Oregon and then played JUCO? Whole different world than SEC. Plus that’s three different coaches with different systems. I wouldn’t expect more from him than I would a true freshman when his only experience came from JUCO

    • Nick
      5:06 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      I’m not debating whether or not there is a difference between JUCO/SEC… that’s obvious. But Terry was 3 years removed from high school, easily a top 20 dual QB coming out of high school, ended up going the JUCO route and was a top 5 JUCO player/the #1 overall JUCO QB. So yes, you should have expected more from him than you would have an 18/19 year old true freshmen.

    • runningunnin.454
      2:54 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      Still, he didn’t play at Oregon, and Garden City is a junior college. Neither place would prepare him for the SEC.

    • Nick
      5:12 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      He was better prepared than a true freshmen going out of High School is all I was saying.

    • runningunnin.454
      2:56 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      Hi BP, you stole my thunder. Great minds, right?

  6. notFromhere
    8:20 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

    I’m going to call it as a faster paced offensive game. Terry Wilson is CLEARLY better in a hurry-up tempo game. If we run that type of O, he’ll get 15 more attempts no problem. We have more consistent depth on D than last year, so that will help. If we run anything like we did last year

    • notFromhere
      8:23 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

      ….in terms of tempo, he won’t get 15 more attempts unless our D is a siv.

      When he has no time to think about it, he does pretty well. When they slow it down, he second guesses himself. That delay is likely why he underthrows receivers on the deep routes. Hopefully our receivers run more consistent routes now that they are stronger. So many plays we didnt run kast year that would be great in the arsenal.

      Can’t wait to see how and what they do this fall

  7. notFromhere
    8:25 pm July 30, 2019 Permalink

    Btw… still disappointed that Clark transferred