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Kentucky will Simplify the Offense to Ease in Quarterbacks

Kentucky’s passing game failed to take flight against Central Michigan.  The coaches were quick to shoulder the blame, but Terry Wilson did not shy away from his mistakes.

“I got off to a slow start.  I had some jitters in me,” Wilson said.  “It’s all on me.  I gotta bounce back from that. I can’t allow that to happen.  I just gotta rely on my technique and just relax.  I can’t let the game get to me.  Just play football.”

However, it was tough for Terry to “just play football.”  The RPO-heavy offense forced the quarterbacks to make too many reads in the first half.

“I think early on…we could do a better job of putting a little bit less pressure on Terry,” Mark Stoops said after the game.  “A lot of those plays are reads. We’ll look into that, try to put him into a situation to get him comfortable and get him started.”

The beginning of the game was highlighted by offensive mistakes.  The Cats turned it over four times in the first half and struggled to find a rhythm.  Terry Wilson fumbled an RPO exchange, threw two interceptions and completed just 6-of-11 passes before he was sent to the halftime locker room early with a shoulder bruise.

“We can’t turn the ball over like we did in the first half,” said quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw.  “We put our defense in horrible situations. We put our team in horrible situations.  The great thing is we did overcome it as a team.  That was awesome.  We reacted. ”

Gunnar Hoak was the first to react.  He marched the Cats down the field and threw the go-ahead score with a minute to play in the half.  Stoops was proud of Hoak’s play, but the offense had to make changes at halftime.

At Stoops’ request, Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw applied the “KISS” method: keep it simple stupid.  It’s a mantra the offense will live by until the quarterbacks become more comfortable within the offense.

We’re going to take some of the decision-making off them and put less on their plates so we can get them to play a little bit faster, little bit better decision-making with our RPOs and in passing the football,” said Hinshaw.

Earlier this week, Hinshaw said that 95 percent of Kentucky’s runs can be throws, and on every single run there is a read.  The first half proved that was too much reading for a first-time quarterback.

Instead of completely opening up the playbook, the offense will tighten up ahead of their trip to The Swamp.  They will not have to reinvent the wheel to simplify the offense.

“It can be routes,” Hinshaw said. “We can make him half-read instead of the full field.  We can take our RPOs down where you’re reading only the end and you don’t have a throw.  We can do stuff where we have a throw and that’s it, instead of having a run possibility in both, because Terry just got confused some times.”

Kentucky’s offense moved much better in the second half once the scheme was simplified, but the final result wasn’t good enough.  It’s hard to win football games when your quarterbacks only complete 55 percent of their passes for 128 yards.

“From scrimmage one to scrimmage two, we had a huge improvement at quarterback,” said Hinshaw.  “We have to have a huge improvement at quarterback from game one to game two.”


Article written by Nick Roush

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

41 Comments for Kentucky will Simplify the Offense to Ease in Quarterbacks

  1. Blueballz
    9:06 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Good thing it looks like Terry is really smart and licks up things fast

  2. ukcats1776.90
    9:16 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    sure the SEC wont be able to take advantage of a super simple offense. why isn’t hoak the guy? turnover terry cant throw which allows dfense to load up and stopSnell. atleast hoak has some accuracy. fire stoops if he sticks with terry

    • maximumscott
      9:34 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Terry is the preferred QB. Its obvious bc of his athleticism. Also, Hoaks 2nd series was less than avg. Terry can hit a gear that can easily get him with a break away TD run. Hoak is a safe bet but Terry has the most upside and potential. Plus, Terry has a canon. Ill give him a pass and chalk this one up to Jitters for his 1st game.

    • Le Docteur
      9:57 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Shane Boyd had a cannon. Jalen Whitlow had a cannon. Patrick Towles had a cannon. Clearly your “canon” is “speak no ill of Touchdown Terry”

    • (Aixelsyd)0505
      10:38 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Haha! Exactly Le Doc

    • unbiasedfan
      10:30 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      If you haven’t posted again!!! Mr. Negativity

    • CombatMedic_98
      1:12 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Wrong! His upside is run n he ran nowhere today! He’s not ready and UK coaches is screwing this season up game 1 going with “Back it up Terrrr-eeey”….!

    • Parker_UKFanNC
      10:31 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      4/9 is accurate? Lol

    • cats646
      11:10 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Hoaks second drive sucked. Period. Terry wasn’t the only one to blame for those interceptions. Our line played a big part in that.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:29 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Hook was 4 of 9 and should have had a int if not for bad hands and he is no threat to run. I’m willing to give Terry a chance and not base everything on his first game. Plus he improved second half.

  3. UKFootballYall
    9:20 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    How many seasons are the training wheels going to be on before we have a fully functional offense?! We hear this every year. Maybe the coaching and preparation needs serious improvement.

    • maximumscott
      9:34 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      We have no continuity ar QB. What did u expect this year?

  4. Papaw
    9:28 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Nothing changes with UK football other the names. Same lethargic offense and week defense followed by Stoops post game “we have to simplify it”. Any more simple and it’s badminton

    • maximumscott
      9:35 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Shut up Papaw. Our JuCo transfer QB had jitters and didnt have a good half. He clearly has talent and athleticism. It will get better.

    • (Aixelsyd)0505
      10:08 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Nah u shut it… stoops has had 6 f’n years!!!

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      10:06 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      If you had a problem with that defensive effort, you didn’t watch the same game I saw.

    • (Aixelsyd)0505
      10:07 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Couldn’t say it better paps

    • Alex90
      12:26 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Stoops has had 6 years! ….and has turned a hs iv roster into back th o back 7 win seasons which has rarely happened at UK

  5. Le Docteur
    9:31 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Nick, splain why in all your previous articles, you referred to Wilson as “Terry Touchdown” but you’re not doing that tonight. For example, from a week ago: “The Big Blue Nation is certainly excited to have Terry Touchdown at the helm.” Say it buddy; say “I over-hyped Terry Wilson.”

    • maximumscott
      9:37 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Terry adds a dimension that Hoak cant. Terry had nerves. It was obvious. Frustrating, but obvious. It still is Terry Touchdown. He will avg close to 60-80 yds rush a game.

    • CombatMedic_98
      4:23 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      And that will do what…? NOTHING. Like last night…Nothing! He had Highschool stats! Pretty impressive Hunh!!!!

    • 4everUKblue
      8:31 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      ^^^ agreed

  6. N-UR-i
    9:40 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    We haven’t had a QB in 11 years. Meanwhile Louisville has had several.

  7. justgettingstartedbro
    9:52 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    We’re just getting started bro

  8. nellis234
    11:07 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Hey it’s the first game. Like Terry said, first game jitters. Just use this game as an learning experience so that next week we can do better. Good thing is, I think a lot of the mistakes are easily fixable. I really liked the defense. Once the offense settled down in the 2nd half, I thought they did good things

  9. Jonathan40330
    11:59 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Just a thought, but maybe, just maybe, you wouldn’t have to simplify the offense for Hoak had you played him in the absolute blowouts against Georgia and Louisville, especially considering Johnson was injured for a majority of the second half of the season. It served no purpose to allow Hoak to ride the bench in games that were already decided when he could’ve experienced real game action against quality opponents.

    • SGD
      8:14 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Spot on. UK doesn’t play the 3rd string QB no matter what. We started last year with 2 injured QB’s as our 1 and 2. Barker had a bad back and Johnson was still hurt from the Tennessee game the year before. Hoak never took a snap. The coaching staff is not any good. They have no one to blame but themselves for the inexperience. Terry Turnover is just that, a turnover waiting to happen. He did it in high school and jucos, all against lesser talent than he is going to play against this season. Being an athlete does not make a QB. Alabama put their 3rd stringer in last night to get some game action. Hoak has been here 3 years and should have been ready to go, if he is not, that is on the coaches. Oh yeah, Danny Clark might as well transfer now because he will never get any reps, just like Hoak never got any. The only reason Hoak got in was Terry Turnover got a “bruise”.

  10. Alex90
    12:32 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

    God UK has the dumbest football fans…see above

  11. CombatMedic_98
    1:09 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

    Uhhhh well Darrin…start HOAK and solve your problems…like in the 55 seconds he scored before halftime…if not you all are a joke…! Wilson is fast and that’s IT…

    • 4everUKblue
      8:35 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Starting Hoak will not solve the problems, he was 4 of 9 and should’ve had an int and he can’t run. It’s embarrassing how our fans just write a player off after one bad half. This was his first game, he looked better second half. You are the joke CB!

    • CombatMedic_98
      4:30 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      No one asked the peanut ? gallery for any advice…!

  12. CombatMedic_98
    1:13 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

    Quit catering to the assistant coaches and put Gunner behind center Stoops

    • 4everUKblue
      8:36 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Go back to being a combat medic cause you suck at football.

    • CombatMedic_98
      4:27 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      LOL…I can’t I am retiring…coaching now. Maybe at UK after they fire Stoops for starting someone that does not know the playbook nor have the ability to be a true passing QB. He is a strong-arm QB passer that’ll get picked to death…watch! Florida will eat him alive if they put him in. Sad but true!

  13. bigbluehank
    1:48 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

    I get 10 times more excited for football season than I do for basketball season. However, the fact that the staff has to reach into the JuCo ranks for a QB nearly every offseason is hilariously disappointing. How an SEC program cannot persuade a decent high school QB to put on their jersey boggles my mind. Each year we hear Stoops & Co. discuss how they will simplify the offense to let their new QB get comfortable. Why does this have to be the case? Also, how is it possible to simplify an offense that is already archaic? The WR routes are high-schoolish, and the best pass-catcher (Conrad) gets targeted maybe twice a game. Despite Stoops having more than ample time to bring in “his players” and establish his staff, the offense looks as primitive as it did during his first season.

  14. chris43
    9:10 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

    They obviously need to do something! Looks like it has the potential to be a very long season. If Central Mich played you that tough…I’d hate to see what we’ll look like against SEC teams.

  15. kjd
    1:21 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    Six years under Stoops, and still do not have a really good QB. Why can’t we recruit a QB?
    All I hear is Wilson has a cannon. I gas it needs a good cleaning. All I saw was underthrown passes all game long. Some say Wilson improved the second half, but was still throwing short. Nerves all game long from the #1 Juco QB? Please!
    Now we’re simplifying the offense headed to the Swamp.
    I left Kroger Field feeling very discouraged. Our offense, despite the preseason hype, looked unchanged since Gran’s arrival. Will find out at Florida if defense is improved.

  16. kjd
    4:05 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    *I guess…..

    • CombatMedic_98
      4:31 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      KJD…I agree but, we have two studs already on the roster! Hoak, Clark, and Walker Wood! Hoak already knows the playbook!!!!

  17. CombatMedic_98
    4:21 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    When has a “running” QB took a team anywhere…? It was the arm of the QB that wins championships…not his legs! You all are a bunch of Louisville wanna-be, Lamar Jackson lovin’ fans…WILSON IS NOT READY! It will be next season before he can incorporate the playbook and apply in the game! Such a rush job on Stoops part because Wilson can run fast!? We’ll see, he didn’t run nowhere yesterday except to the pine!!!

  18. CombatMedic_98
    4:32 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    Wilson won’t last past the second quarter of game 2….