Shannon Dawson and those adorable dimples met with the media following the team’s practice today. After a slow start to practice, the team pushed through and finished strong.
Dawson’s confidence level is high
With a little over a week until kick-off, Dawson’s confidence level continues to soar even after the honeymoon period. Despite a lot of unknowns and being the new guy, Dawson is excited to see how his players compete in the game.
“Obviously games are different than practice and so I think they’ll respond great, to be honest with you. I have the utmost confidence in them. So my confidence is high, but I’m still eager — eager to see who’s going to rise; who’s going to rise whenever the lights are on.”
Offense has been working on deep balls
Throwing and completing deep balls has been a focus of the offense this week. Dawson said that put a emphasize on that today, which was one of the reasons the practice turned around.
Dawson on ULL’s defense
This isn’t Dawson’s first rodeo, and he knows that you can’t expect a certain style of play from a defense. The key to Dawson’s offensive game plan is to “do what you do best.” There would not be much for Louisiana Lafayette’s defense to do that would schematically change what the offense is doing.
“Obviously there’s certain things that we would lean to versus this front or that front or that coverage. But ultimately, we’re going to go out and do what we do and execute.”
Offensive line is deep
Kentucky is prepping 10 offensive linemen for the game next Saturday. Dawson expects that seven or eight of the 10 will be in some sort of rotation. Offensive line coach, John Schlarman, said that this is the deepest Kentucky has been at the OL since he has been on the staff.
Receiver depth has been a huge confidence booster
Patrick Towles said that the depth at the wide receiver position has been a difference maker on the offense this year. With four solid receivers, Kentucky won’t have to play a receiver who isn’t playing well. Towles said that Jeff Badet told his QB to throw it as far as possible and he’ll go catch it. Towles then added that he saw that a couple times from Badet in practice today.
Reese Phillips is close to 100%
After missing spring practice and the off-season, Phillips is finally back getting reps with third-team. Dawson stated that Phillips is doing good things mentally while still working on recovering fully.