There has been at least one bad snap in each of Kentucky’s first four games. The mistakes have decreased each week, but last week’s lone mistake — a third and goal snapped by Bunchy Stallings over Stephen Johnson’s head — may have been the most critical.
Offensive line coach John Schlarman speaks the truth. “Up front, you make a mistake and you get exposed.”
Stallings and Nick Haynes have snapped all of the balls up until this point. Schlarman is trying a few tweaks, but is hesitant to do too much to their form.
“You try a little bit of everything, but at the same time, you don’t want to get too crazy with them because then nothing gets better when you’re constantly changing things. It could be as little as locking the wrist a little bit more as opposed to flicking the wrist, or not turning it or not opening your hips. There’s a lot of different things you can do.”
The centers have spent extra time after practice to fix the problem because they’re running out of time.
“It’s going to get fixed,” Schlarman said. “It’s either going to get fixed by the guys who are in there snapping now or it gets fixed by someone who goes in there and snaps it.”
This week Schlarman and Eddie Gran are getting three more guys involved during practice: Drake Jackson, Mason Wolfe and Luke Fortner. After one day, Gran saw everyone raise their level of play.
“There is a sense of urgency and a fire under every one of them,” the Kentucky offensive coordinator said on Tuesday.
There could be many reasons why snapping is a problem, but what’s more important is how they’re going to fix it. Everything sounds like it is heading in the right direction, they just can’t afford to get exposed again.