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What Eddie Gran wants to improve offensively before Kentucky’s season-opener

The Kentucky football season is right around the corner. There are only two more Saturdays without UK football remaining. That means time is ticking for the Wildcats to make strides offensively.

Following the first scrimmage of the preseason, Eddie Gran wanted to see his offense finish drives better in the red zone. The offensive coordinator saw his unit make strides in that department in scrimmage No. 2. What does Gran need to see ahead of scrimmage No. 3?

“Offense is about being consistent. It’s not going to be perfect but we’re going to strive for perfection,” Gran said Tuesday evening. “If we can be consistent we’ll have a chance to really be balanced, and we can get explosive plays in the passing game.”

The Wildcats had multiple explosive plays in scrimmage No. 2, including one big catch from redshirt freshman DeMarcus Harris, but the first and second team each came up just short of their goal of one explosive play every eight snaps. They charted one explosive play per every nine snaps.

“If we can get that one out of every eight, one out of every seven in this last scrimmage (on Saturday), I’d be really happy because if you do that, some of those turn into some touchdowns. Then finish, finish in the red zone,” he said.

Gran feels comfortable about the depth the offense has developed thus far in camp. Up front John Schlarman is still tinkering with various combinations, but there’s no significant concern about the Big Blue Wall. Where Gran wants to see the greatest strides, especially in the second group, is in the wide receivers’ room.

“I think the biggest part is the receiver position where we can put different guys — whether it be AD (Allen Dailey), whether it be Josh Ali — who’s that next guy stepping up? Bryce (Oliver), DeMarcus Harris has been really good. Clevan (Thomas) had a good practice today. We need just a couple more out of that group to be consistent and say that they want to be a part of this thing, so that’s what I’d like to see in the next three weeks.”

Gran stated that Harris is “making a move” in the final days of camp. He also talked about Austin Dotson’s play. Filling in for an absent Kenneth Horsey this past Saturday, the Belfry product was impressive at left guard.

“I felt Austin in that scrimmage. I thought he did some things I hadn’t seen him do,” Gran said. “He really got after it and I was proud for him.”

The Wildcats are far from perfect. Right now they’re poised to make one final push to prepare for a season unlike any other.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

7 Comments for What Eddie Gran wants to improve offensively before Kentucky’s season-opener

  1. BowdenQB4ever
    9:24 pm September 8, 2020 Permalink

    I would like to see them maintain aggression throughout the game. I do think the conservative game plans serve us well when we’re outmanned- it definitely keeps us in some games we shouldn’t be in. We rarely finish those games, but that’s the way it is. Unfortunately, going conservative keeps teams we should handle easily in the game just as often. If we’re going to get over the hump in the East, we gotta figure out how to go for the throat.

    • UKinIN
      9:47 pm September 8, 2020 Permalink

      I think that’s more on Stoops than Gran.

    • WKY Cat
      9:48 am September 9, 2020 Permalink

      Bowden/ukinin you are both exactly right. Stoops wants to control the game through clock possession. But it has backfired against lesser teams. One of my only complaints of Stoops.

    • michaelb
      11:53 am September 9, 2020 Permalink

      Stoops is often guilty of letting up before half time and that’s something I don’t believe it . Parcels said the great teams score before the half

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:25 am September 10, 2020 Permalink

      Especially FL.

  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:28 am September 9, 2020 Permalink

    Yep, not finishing in the red zone definitely got us against UT last year. I certainly don’t fault him alone, and I don’t care what Matt says, Bowden should have pitched the ball on that last play. I know, I know, hindsight is always 20/20, and I know there was a man spying the RB (I forget which one was trailing Bowden), but I still think he should have pitched it.

    • michaelb
      11:55 am September 9, 2020 Permalink

      It was a tuff ending , 9/10 times Lynn puts that in