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Tuesday Night Football Practice Notes, Presented by CSL Plasma

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On Tuesday Eddie Gran and members of UK’s offense met with the media to share the latest from the Joe Craft Football Training Facility fields. A few of the most noteworthy moments:

Two Scrimmage Stalls 

Kentucky’s offensive coordinator was not happy with a couple of mental mistakes in Saturday’s scrimmage. Limited to just two drives for the first team offense, one third down conversion was negated by an illegal procedure penalty and the other drive was halted by a holding penalty in the red zone. Those exact kinds of mental mistakes are what UK is trying to clean up to make sure they don’t look like some of the other buffoons that played last weekend.

The Three Big Playmaking Standouts

“Make me play you” is what Gran tells his players, particularly the underclassmen. Three have consistently stood out in camp: WR DeMarcus Harris, WR Bryce Oliver and true freshman RB JuTahn McClain.

“He’s a guy that everyday he brings it,” Gran said of McClain. “He’s a guy that could be tough to leave off the field. We’ll see how it goes. It’s ten long games. Some of these freshmen now, they hit a wall and you can see some of them coming out of it now. We’ll continue to just keep practicing them and see how far along they come.”

No Bulletin Board Material from Allen Dailey

The Kentucky wide receiver won an Alabama 6A state championship catching passes for Bo Nix at Pinson Valley High School. Dailey says he’s still friends with Nix, so I couldn’t pry any trash-talking out of him. “I’m just focused on Auburn’s defense and getting ready to play the game,” Dailey said. “We ready to go.”

What Gatewood’s doing in Practice 

We’ve talked a lot about whether or not Gatewood will be eligible to play. We haven’t talked much about how he’s actually performing in practice. In short, he’s figuring out the offense. In Gran’s longer explanation, since Terry Wilson was comfortable in the offense, UK expanded the playbook. That’s forced Gatewood and Beau Allen to take a little more time to feel their way through the scheme.

“It’s a learning process for him and Beau, anybody that’s new,” Gran shared. “It’s a lot to be thrown at you, especially when we didn’t slow down. It’s a little different for those guys because we threw it all up on the wall. For those quarterbacks it’s been a little bit slower, but you can see it happening right now with Joey. He’s making good decisions. He’s just got such a strong arm and he sees over everything. He can make some throws some of the other ones can’t.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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

2 Comments for Tuesday Night Football Practice Notes, Presented by CSL Plasma

  1. Bluehender
    9:32 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky leads Duke 1-0 in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Bam with the great block on Tatum at the rim to seal it. Go Heat!!