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.