On Tuesday the offensive coaches spent most of the time lamenting Saturday’s scrimmage. One of the exceptions was Landon Young.
“I think Landon right now is playing as consistent as anybody we have,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said.
The former five-star U.S. Army All-American is entering his third season at Kentucky. The highly-touted homegrown talent was forced into action just two games into his freshman season when Cole Mosier was injured at Florida. Another Mosier injury forced Young to start every game as a sophomore.
Young always had enough talent to succeed, but there’s something different this spring. An experienced leader, he’s taken his talent to another level by perfecting his technique.
“He’s really developing in his pass protection technique. He’s physical in the run game,” said offensive line coach John Schlarman. “He’s always been physical, but now he’s really honing in on his technique and the details of the game and not just getting by with athletic ability and pure talent. That’s where I’m really proud of where his game is developing.”
Young feels better than ever before and is seeing results. Saturday’s performance was the highest grade he’s ever received in a scrimmage.
“I feel like I’ve done a lot better with honing my craft a bit more. I’ve been more consistent in my set and in my run game,” but Young is not satisfied. “It’s a team effort. You gotta do it together.”
That did not happen on Saturday, but the experienced group responded exactly how Gran wanted to see during Tuesday’s practice. Kentucky’s line has enough talent and experience to carry the weight for the offense, and that’s exactly what they must do for the Cats to be successful in 2018.
“Big men lead the way,” Gran said. “When I say it, I mean it. We’re going to go as far as our offensive linemen. We’re going to be physical. We’re going to be nasty and mean, but we gotta be in control.”