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Eddie Gran’s Message to Quarterbacks: “Take the Job”

When the Kentucky football team reports to training camp on August 2, 18 starters will return to the team, yet who replaces one starter on offense will be a lingering question throughout camp.

After Stephen Johnson led Kentucky to consecutive seven-win regular seasons, Eddie Gran’s next signal-caller will be taking snaps in the SEC for the first time.  Before Gunnar Hoak, Terry Wilson and Danny Clark compete for the job, Gran has one simple message: go take it.

“It needs to be clear-cut.  It didn’t happen in the spring.  They’re both a little bit different.  You’d like to see somebody rise somewhere down the road, whether it be in the first 29 practices, whether it be by game three or game six.  Somebody’s going to have to take this thing and go with it.”

Kentucky’s offensive coordinator didn’t compare the competition to war, but he wants it to be a battle for the job.  He can’t see how they’ve performed in a game, but he can measure their tenacity in practice.

“None of them have been in a game with actual bullets flying.  That’s always an interesting facet when you come into the year.” So how does Gran ease them in?  “You try to make as much game-like situations in the spring.”

Two weeks into practice, every single team period of practice was game-like.  Instead of standing in the huddle alongside the quarterbacks during a red zone or third down setting, the plays were called in from the sideline.  It forced the quarterbacks to learn on the fly.

“You can’t simulate the full speed part of it, but I think it really helped our quarterbacks.  We’ll continue to do that and hopefully somebody just takes the job.”

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

13 Comments for Eddie Gran’s Message to Quarterbacks: “Take the Job”



  1. chris43
    7:19 pm July 25, 2018 Permalink

    I certainly hope that it doesn’t take 3-6 games to figure out who our clear cut QB is…if so it’s going to be a long season.



  2. DelrayCat
    7:32 pm July 25, 2018 Permalink

    It means every team we play will stack the box and dare us to throw.
    Bennie will have a tough year with no reliable QB.



  3. Greatcatfan
    8:13 pm July 25, 2018 Permalink

    So does boosting our chances with Danny’s brother lean the outcome in his favor at all? Wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened.



  4. NUM1UKFANFROMTHEVILLE
    8:35 pm July 25, 2018 Permalink

    I was thinking about the QB situation today. Why do we think it’s ok to spill the QB battle into the season? When has that ever worked at any school? To me if the coaches don’t know after Spring practices and a game, and let’s say 2 weeks of fall camp and probably a live scrimmage or two, it’ll slow our gel as a offense. Both play polar opposite styles (one Dual Threat the other pocket passer) and the play calling will be different for each QB. That will only slow down the chemistry and execution of the offense. So I feel like the coaches should decide 2 weeks into camp with the 3rd wk building that chemistry with a starting QB and the last wk preparing for CMU. Hope they take my advice lol. Go CATS #Stridepast7-5



    • satcheluk
      10:09 pm July 25, 2018 Permalink

      No decision is made before the season, so the loser doesn’t transfer.



  5. BluKudzu
    9:12 pm July 25, 2018 Permalink

    Old football saying:
    “When you have two quarterbacks, that means you have no quarterbacks.”
    If you have not figured out the first team QB after 29 practices, and need to head into the season to decide, it typically is not a good sign.
    Hope this is just mind games.



    • jaws2
      9:40 pm July 25, 2018 Permalink

      Boy, I couldn’t agree more. We go through this indecision every year. If a CEO ran a company like this the Board wouldn’t put up with it. Stoops IS the CEO of UK football. Just make the decision, the earlier the better for the team, and go with it. If it’s not working 2 games in, make the change. This needs to happen early fall. Put it to bed and move on. A team needs to know early who the ‘man’ is.



    • abobicesaevior
      10:55 pm July 25, 2018 Permalink

      Um, ever heard of Alabama?



    • BluKudzu
      6:24 am July 26, 2018 Permalink

      I have heard of Alabama, have you heard about UK?

      29 practices, with a head coach, an offensive coordinator, and a qb coach, paid millions, and still can’t teach someone to hand the ball to Benny Snell?

      BTW….if you meant that as a comparison… it would not be an easy task to pick two football programs in the SEC, more diametrically opposed, than Kentucky and Alabama.
      Say what you want, but Mark Stoops is no Lou Saban.

      Alabama has 5 star recruits at QB. We have transfers and 0 to 3 stars.
      Big difference when it comes to plug and play.



    • runningunnin.454
      8:52 am July 26, 2018 Permalink

      Who is Lou Saban?



    • abobicesaevior
      7:34 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      Numerous successful college programs have made the 2 QB thing work. To deny that is being willfully ignorant.



  6. Greatcatfan
    11:37 pm July 25, 2018 Permalink

    It maybe a way to keep fans happy. Terry may have won but so many fans are calling for Clark that they’re keeping their mouths shut. Then again they may be trying to play both a C.Mich so UF can’t game plan.



  7. claydwildcat
    11:00 am July 26, 2018 Permalink

    When one quarterback can run and they have read jerseys on during practice it makes it difficult to tell who is better during a game. Things change when you get hit. Or are good at extending plays. Terry can better avoid the rush and takeoff. Hard to see during a practice when they can’t hit the QB they blow plays dead early.