Vince Marrow has been handed the controller to Kentucky’s offense. He’s held various roles while working for Mark Stoops at Kentucky — tight ends coach, recruiting coordinator, NFL liaison and associate head coach. In the Gator Bowl he’ll break in a new title, offensive coordinator.
One of the most beloved figures in the BBN, everyone’s ears perked up when they heard the news that the Big Dog took control of the offense, but what exactly does a Vince Marrow offense look like?
“Big Dog mentality. We’re going to be physical. We’re going to throw the ball but we’re still going to run the ball, try to eliminate penalties and sound, efficient football,” Marrow said Tuesday.
“I think when you look at, not just my offense but what we are at Kentucky, we’re always going to be physical. That’s never going to be something that people will question. But we will add more to the passing game to get guys like Josh Ali, Keaton Upshaw, Justin (Rigg); I can go down the line with them guys. We got some pretty good skill guys and we’re going to utilize their talents in this game.”
Kentucky’s offense will face NC State’s 3-3-5 defense this Saturday in Jacksonville. An unorthodox look rarely seen in the sport, the Wildcats have actually have the fortune of facing a similar style twice in the last two seasons, defeating UT-Martin in 2019 and Mississippi State in October.
“I actually went back and watched the Mississippi State game,” Marrow said on Tuesday. “They don’t move as much as Mississippi State, but it’s a 3-3-5 stack. I think (UK quality control assistants) Josh Estes-Waugh and Cody Lasita did a really good job helping me as we broke down these guys. I think we’re going to have a great plan.
“It really helps when you have experienced guys like Drake and Landon (Young) and Luke (Fortner) and those guys, Darian (Kinnard), Justin Rigg, guys who have played a lot of football up front. Hopefully, it makes my job easier. But I definitely do not like a 3-3-5. It reminded me of when I was in high school and I was a head coach and we would play the Wing-T. I hated seeing that and preparing for that stuff. But hey, that’s why they pay us money. We’ll go out and execute and try to do what we need to do.”
As UK’s offensive coaches curate their Gator Bowl game plan, Vince has to throw in a couple more passes to the tight ends, right? He dove into politics to explain his current dilemma.
“It’s like being a Governor of a state and then you become President. You’re all about your state and then now you gotta worry about the whole country. That’s how it is with the offense now. I want to throw to the tight ends, but we also gotta look at the bigger picture. What’s good? What’s going to make the offense go?”
If Vince Marrow can find the correct answers to those questions, he could hand the offense to Liam Coen along with a two-game win streak.