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What Coaches want to see from UK’s Quarterbacks in First Scrimmage

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Kentucky’s first scrimmage of the spring season is currently underway.  Poor weather will push the Cats indoors and limit team activities, but they can still get live 11-on-11 reps, a first for UK’s quarterbacks.

Eddie Gran is not asking a lot from his signal-callers.  The playbook is thin.  He just wants to see them make a few plays and keep the football in the offense’s hands.

“I want them to take care of the football, be efficient, know where to go with it..and make plays,” UK’s offensive coordinator said earlier this week.  “We’re not going to have a ton in, so that’s what I’m looking for.”

There will not be a lot of complicated reads.  Gran and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw want to see if the QBs can live by their mantra, ‘the ball is the program,’ while facing pressure from a defense.

“Ball security is the No. 1 thing we talk about and No. 2 is we’ve got to make great decisions and great target throws,” Hinshaw said.

Danny Clark’s scrimmage goals remain simple.

“Just cleaning things up.  Once you know what you have to do, the next step is eliminate as many mistakes as possible. Just making sure we’re going through our reads, going through our progression.  When we’re in the pocket, it’s quick steps and we’re explosive, so just making the least amount of mistakes as possible.”

Terry Wilson knows he will not be perfect.  As long as he keeps the ball in the offense’s hands, it will be a great day to play football.

“I’m going to make mistakes.  I just gotta bounce back from those mistakes.  I think that everyday I’m learning something new and that’s a huge step.”  Wilson said he’s most looking forward to “letting loose and playing ball.”

The first live test of the spring will not be clean, but it will be an exciting first significant step in UK’s quarterback competition.

We’ve gotta find out now when the bullets are flying what they’re all about, and we’ll know a little bit more Saturday,” Gran said.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

8 Comments for What Coaches want to see from UK’s Quarterbacks in First Scrimmage



  1. ukkatzfan
    12:20 pm March 24, 2018 Permalink

    Hey coach, probably best to avoid that analogy with the current state of affairs. “While the clock is ticking” might be a better one.



    • BBNDan7
      12:57 pm March 24, 2018 Permalink

      Oh chill out, it’s an expression



    • drew_123
      1:06 pm March 24, 2018 Permalink

      It’s literally a common expression used all the time. Quit wearing your feelings on your sleeves.



  2. CombatMedic_98
    12:45 pm March 24, 2018 Permalink

    Hunh?!



  3. krautdog
    1:29 pm March 24, 2018 Permalink

    Looks like Hoak is still somewhere in the background???



  4. UoKFB PHAN
    1:45 pm March 24, 2018 Permalink

    I’m with Kdog…. nothing about Gunner Hoak. For me, the question becomes; is he really even considered to be in the mix for the starting QB role? One would think he would be given the amount of time he has been with the program but then after reading what the scrimmage is going to look like it sounds like none of the QBs have that good of a grasp of the offense yet. This makes me wonder if Hoak has really been a student of the playbook…. just some of my random thoughts.



    • callitlikeiseeit
      1:55 pm March 24, 2018 Permalink

      Did any of you see his High School games. Yes he had great games against inferior teams but when they played good teams he was awful. Not saying that is his defining moments, maybe he did not have much help around him. But still he did nothing vs good teams, maybe they took him on potential and just are not seeing that develope, I don’t know but always see people asking about him. Other say he looked great in Spring games, well that again is vs little competition in that we don’t pressure the QB and our D was not that great.



    • kjd
      2:39 pm March 24, 2018 Permalink

      First, Nick’s article…..no quote from Hoak, why? It had been reported he was getting first team reps.
      Second, considering what we know after the fact about Stephen Johnson’s injuries, and Hoak didn’t take any snaps. Doesn’t look like the coaches are very high on him.