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Dawson ready to bring the speed


Fall camp begins for Kentucky football later this week and there is one word on UK Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson’s mind: Speed.

“I can get that fast stuff taught in the fall very easily,” Dawson said. “We’re going to go fast. There’s no doubt about it.”

Dawson told the Lexington Herald-Leader he will be ratcheting up the tempo on the offensive end, by implementing the quick attack he had in place at his previous schools. Dawson’s Mountaineer offense was one of the quickest in the nation and he hopes to bring that speed to Commonwealth Stadium.

Dawson’s offenses have averaged 76.7 plays per game, which is nearly two more plays per game than Neal Brown’s ideal pace of 75 plays per game. Dawson says he is shooting for 85 plays per game.

Which might sound like a stretch, after all, Kentucky’s average last season was 70.8 plays per game, but Dawson has come close before. The offensive coordinator was able to get West Virginia up to 84.4 plays per game last season.

Couple that information with reports of QB’s Patrick Towles and Drew Barker fairly smooth transition from Brown to Dawson, and the Kentucky offense may have a few more tricks up their sleeves this season.

Are you ready for the fast lane?

Article written by Ricki Barker

Writer of things. Watcher of sports. Wearer of blue. Sometimes all at once.

17 Comments for Dawson ready to bring the speed

  1. Deliverance Cat
    5:15 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

    Dawson didn’t even call the plays at WVU. He only made suggestions like throw the ball to Kevin White.

    • inside info2
      5:18 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

      You beat me to this DC. I thought there was a lot of questions about how much he really had to do with the offense at WKU. I’m going to trust that Coach Stoops knows what he is doing.

    • Larry Clapp
      5:19 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

      Kentucky football is like the “Smelly Car” episode of Seinfeld. No matter what you do, it still stinks

    • BenHur
      5:34 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

      Anyone else think the above 3 comments are from the same loser? You must have a sad life bro.

    • Hmmm...
      6:14 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

      WVU must’ve just hired him for his pretty face @ $300,000 a year. He obviously had no real role, according to the expert above. (Although his official title was Offensive Coordinator)

  2. 4 and 8 for Life
    6:09 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

    Sounds promising.

    • CardFan502
      8:02 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

      Nah, dawg, you Cayut fans are dumb. The ACC is kinda weak when it comes to football. We should def finish better than 4 and 8. Im thinking 5 and 7 or maybe even 6 and 6.

  3. just saying
    6:40 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

    Seems to be a lot of hate/negative comments on these football posts lately… a particular rival fan base getting a little nervous??

    • Game
      6:50 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

      Yes many of them are very nervous because we are getting quicker, stronger, faster, and deeper. We finally have a coach who can go toe-to-toe with the best coaches in the SEC. His brilliant Yahtzee plan has upgraded the talent level to be on par with Alabama and LSU. So sit back and enjoy the ride Cat fans

  4. Matt Jones
    6:58 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

    I am at a truck stop near Mudd Lick with Drew Franklin and Ryan Lemond listening to Florida Georgia Line.
    Two years ago before the Western game, I told everyone not to expect a win. Remember when that obnoxious reporter from Bowling Green came on the show and predicted an easy UK win. Did we make fun of him after the interview. So I know what I am talking about. What is football equivalent to 40-0?

  5. Taste The Rainbow
    7:35 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

    Can we please get a coach that isn’t just another freakin’ middle
    aged white guy? I mean seriously, can we not get some diversity
    in coaching at this school? Our players are getting more diverse
    by the year, but coaches? NOT SO MUCH.

    • J-Dub421
      8:12 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

      I want coaches who win, and I don’t care what color they are.

    • Thanks for the staffing advice UL troll. Our last coach was black and was a disaster. I was pulling for him so hard because he was Kentucky born and bred and played at UK, but he was in over his head. A fine man by all accounts, but not an SEC HC.

    • tippytoe
      8:26 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

      Excuse me, but wasn’t the loser we just got rid of African American?
      And before that, what was Tubby in bball? You need to get on the Gator site who has NEVER had a coach of color in either sport!

    • theWilkman
      10:17 am August 3, 2015 Permalink

      Joker was the second black head coach in SEC football history. Our main recruiter, who makes more money than many head coaches around the country, is black, as are 3 other of our coaches. That’s 4/10, 40%. That’s a higher percentage than the overall population. So get your race-baiting trash out of here.

  6. Andy
    7:45 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

    This guy was mentored by Dana Holgorsen. He knows how to evaluate when to push the tempo and slowing it down. He said he wants to be physical and like a poster said, they didn’t pay him 300k a year to look pretty. It’s like Mike Leach when he was under Mumme. Dawson is a risk taker and if opponents are gonna stack the box he will throw it and he will have no problems doing so. Coach Stoops has acknowledged he has been pleased with his scheme so some of these posters need to chill.

  7. LongTimeListener
    7:47 pm August 2, 2015 Permalink

    Yes sir, we’re ready for the fast lane! Glad to have Coach Dawson running the offense and it should be fun, but the coach in the spot light as well as under the microscope has to be DJ Eliot. Why? It’s DEFENSE that wins football games. Last year UK’s defense gave up MORE than 35 points in 7 games and if the defense had just held that number to 29 they would have won 4 more games…they would have had 9 wins last year if they could have stopped just 1 touchdown in 4 of those games! A team with virtually no offense could still win a football game, 3-0. But if your defense is weak, then you’re toast, no matter how good the offense is. What good is 60 points every week if you’re giving up 65? Coach Eliot needs to be aware that giving up 35+ points in ANY game in 2015 is too many, and I hope Coach Stoops has made that perfectly clear. If the defense improves, Kentucky WILL ‘go bowling’.