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Five Players are Rotating to Fix Kentucky’s Snaps

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

10 Comments for Five Players are Rotating to Fix Kentucky’s Snaps

  1. Realme
    1:39 pm September 28, 2017 Permalink

    Better late than never.

  2. Peter Criss
    1:40 pm September 28, 2017 Permalink

    Is it too much to ask why we never go under center to snap the ball? I don’t know, it just seems logical that in short yardage, it might be better to start with the ball at the center’s butt rather 6 or more yards behind the line of scrimmage. Even Tom Brady goes under center every so often.

    • PillsburyThrowboy
      1:47 pm September 28, 2017 Permalink

      UK likes to run a lot of read option plays. You can’t really run those while under center. Not disagreeing with the second half of your comment, just trying to answer your question.

    • Peter Criss
      2:21 pm September 28, 2017 Permalink

      Thanks Throwboy. Hopefully it gets fixed because when everything works, it seems like we have a potent offense. Still love this team and think we will go farther than a lot of experts have predicted.

    • foamfinger
      2:36 pm September 28, 2017 Permalink

      Also, if your center or QB haven’t practiced those exchanges a lot, there are a lot of variables that could cause issues, especially if you try to implement it mid-season. If we keep rotating centers, each will do it a specific way and either they will have to individually adjust, or Johnson will have to adjust to each of them. When you’re facing a defense showing a blitz, you might get too antsy and forget the fundamentals.

  3. I thought it was Nick Haynes was the one who snapped it over his head? Anyway, it’s too bad they didn’t get it corrected last week, but oh well.

  4. Blue Jesus
    1:57 pm September 28, 2017 Permalink

    I remember when the younger Pouncey was the center at University of Florida and in the first game of the season he miss-snapped the ball probably 5 time, including two or three times on one series. I remember wondering how that happens by this stage in a guys career… I’m still wondering that!

  5. J-Dub421
    2:04 pm September 28, 2017 Permalink

    The mistakes have NOT decreased each week. There were 4 bad/high snaps IN A ROW last game, followed one good snap, then the one that went over Johnson’s head. In all four games there have been multiple high snaps that have screwed up the timing of the offense and killed drives. This MUST get fixed now.

  6. ClutchCargo
    2:23 pm September 28, 2017 Permalink

    Reassuring and scary as hell all at the same time.