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.