Darin Hinshaw is entering his fifth season at the University of Kentucky as the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator and his tenure has been anything but smooth sailing. In all four seasons, he has had to manage through multiple injuries before eventually tutoring Lynn Bowden Jr. while helping to create college football’s most dangerous rushing attack. Now he’s trying to figure out the current state of affairs just like the rest of us while in quarantine.
On the latest episode of Behind Kentucky Football, Hinshaw sat down with UK Sports Network’s Curtis Burch for a podcast where the duo discussed how he’s coaching quarterbacks and what the staff is doing as they are all now working from home. It’s been a strange time as they are now doing their jobs in a virtual workspace.
Hinshaw states that he is still meeting with his quarterbacks, but it is in a virtual setting. The quarterbacks and their coach are “meeting for two hours a week” by going over the playbook and other technical stuff the players should be working on. Due to the isolation of the position, Hinshaw says that the quarterbacks “can go out and do drills in the street” because all they really need is a football and a throwing target. The UCF alum stressed a need for the quarterbacks to keep building their arm strength and this is something they can still accomplish at home.
Beau Allen and Joey Gatewood were two players who Mark Stoops recognized in his virtual meeting with the media last week and Hinshw has liked what he’s seen from the newcomers in the spring. “Both threw the football very, very well. Very impressed with the progression and their learning curve of the offense.”
The last couple weeks on Twitter, we’ve seen Saints head coach Sean Payton and new Texas offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich release some of their playbook with terminology included out to the public. In the pod, Hinshaw casually dropped names such as Orlando Stick, Ohio Slice and Punch Vegas. Not sure what the plays are, but those sound like excellent potential XFL mascots.
On a lighter note, Hinshaw mentioned that one of his favorite memories in Lexington was that one time that Lamar fumbled. Remember that?
“My first year here, when we were 28-point underdogs going to play Louisville and we beat ’em.”
I’ll let Meek Mill explain.
As expected, he is also getting questions about Lynn Bowden, Jr. and his upcoming draft status. Hinshaw doesn’t believe a NFL franchise will regret picking the All-American and he had a very interesting take on the whole Bowden Ball experiment from this past season.
“You know he had to move positions and he took a risk, too. When you move positions like that, you’re obviously putting yourself in a position where if you fail it could hurt your draft status.”
If you have some free time, make sure you go check out the pod and give the UK Sports Network folks some positive feedback. We’re all very thirsty for some type of sports content at the moment and interviews like this are nice look into how others are dealing with the Coronavirus scare.