1. A.J. Rose is Playing his Best Football
The redshirt sophomore running back played sparingly last year. He always had the right tools, but running backs coach and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran never saw Rose’s best work on a consistent basis.
In the last scrimmage, Rose did things we predicted when he signed with Kentucky. He lowered his shoulder and ran over somebody on the way to the end zone.
“I was excited about A.J. Rose on Friday,” Gran said. “I thought AJ played as good as he’s played since he’s been here. Now, can he do that again tomorrow and the next day? That’s what we gotta see, but I sure did like the way he ran the football.”
2. Simplicity = Consistency
Gran believes this has been Kentucky’s best spring practice since he arrived in Lexington three years ago. More comfortable within the offense, they didn’t try to get too tricky this year. Instead, they stuck to a mantra, one that everyone should follow, keep it simple stupid.
“I’m really excited,” Gran said. “I think we did a really good job as a coaching staff offensively in terms of not getting ahead of ourselves and throw a bunch out there. We really just needed to get better at the basics. You’re in the third year of this thing. You can draw up plays all day long, but if you can’t execute your first day stuff, you’re not going to be very good.
“Part of our M.O. has been inconsistency, so we wanted to get away from that. Now we’ve put four (straight) days together, and we haven’t done that in a long time.”
3. Danny Clark Scores
Over-shadowed by Gunnar Hoak and Terry Wilson in the quarterback competition, Clark is getting it done with the twos. Hinshaw told him not to worry about everybody else; just do your job. It’s produced results. In his last six 11-on-11 drives, the big lefty has created five scores. Not too shabby.
4. The Tackles are Crushing It
For the last two years, George Asafo-Adjei has bounced between guard and tackle. Following Kyle Meadows’ departure, John Schlarman is telling Big George to stick to tackle and it’s paying off. Gran said Big George and Landon Young have been the two most consistent players on the offense, an excellent sign for the future of the offensive line.
5. “One Team, One Heart”
UK’s offensive coordinator relayed that message multiple times during today’s media session. Terry Wilson said he’s heard it many more times over the last few weeks. I guess that’s going to be the theme of this year’s team, right behind, “Get Up.”