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Wrapping Up The Football Season: Offense

Randy Sartin | Getty

Randy Sartin | Getty

Randy Sartin | Getty

First of all, this is the first post that I have ever written so please be a little easy on me and maybe I will have to submit a couple more. I want to make sure that I get all my thoughts out to you all while the season is still fresh in my mind…

 

Head Coach

To me it all starts at the top with Coach Stoops. Is there a better coach to pull us out of the funk we are in?!? Maybe, but as a former player I could not be happier with what he is doing. What you may not understand is that he invites us older players to come back and be a part of the program. He understands that in order to get this program where he wants it, the former players need to be around and show the support for him and his staff. Coach, I love what you are doing and please keep it up.

Quarterbacks

Obviously this is the position that I like to think I know best. Yes, we need to get better at this position, and yes, Patrick and everyone knows it. BUT this was his first season under center. Trust me, it could have been A LOT worse (see 2000 season: 19 TDs 21 INTs). There are throws that Patrick MUST get better at and he must be more consistant in order to be successful at this level. I know that he will put in the work in the offseason and will be a better QB for it. Now having said all of that I would open the position up again and have another competition again in the spring. I think that Drew, Reese, and Maxwell deserve a shot. What a competition does is breed competitiveness and that’s what we need at this position. We need to get better here and I know that we will.

Running Backs

Man was this group a sight for sore eyes. I absolutely loved what these guys did this year. We had the homerun threat (BOOM), we had the ground-and-pound back (Heard), and just when you think you saw it all, in came JoJo. Imagine what another year in the weight program is going to do for these young guys. This was the group I was most impressed with this year and I expect huge things from them over the next couple years.

Wide Receivers

Someone needs to help me with this group, I just cannot figure them out. I guess it is a good thing that we have so many receivers because you could not focus on one in particular, but no one really stood out either. Yes I know that Garrett went off against Florida but not really again, and yes I know that Javess and DeMarco came in late in the season and did some things, but where was Timmons?

Here is what I do know and here is what I love about this group: they all have had big game experience and have a small taste of what it’s like to play in the SEC. You give me Baker, Bone, Timmons, Johnson, Williams, Snodgrass, Herrick, etc. and I will show you a TON of touchdowns next year. I know they are young but just like the running backs you get these guys competing against each other all spring/summer and these are gonna be bad boys to throw to. I cannot wait to see them next year.

Offensive Line

This is the group that needs the most improvement. This is what makes or breaks every team that I have ever been on. If you cannot block the guys and open holes you will be behind the chains and it makes it tough for anyone to call plays. The offensive line showed times where they worked together and then we couldn’t make it through a game without jumping offside.

Here is what I know about this OL group though, Coach John Schlarman will not allow this to continue and will find the right combination of guys that are going to play the same way he did… tough as sh*t. We are only going to be as good as this group allows us to be. We can have an All-American at every position, but if the line lets us down we will not be a good team.

Here is another this I know about offensive linemen: they are smart and understand how to work hard and how to work as a group.

 

If you get anything out of this please understand that the team we have coming back is going to be so good. We are building depth at every position and creating competition at every position. These are all good things and will make us better in the long run. I challenge every player that reads this to make this your best offseason, work harder than you ever have before because the expectations are going to be even higher next year.

So that is the side of the ball I know well. Yes, contrary to what people think I do know little defense as well. So if we get some good feedback maybe I will try and write a review for those guys as well.

GO CATS!!!

Article written by Jared Lorenzen

20 Comments for Wrapping Up The Football Season: Offense



  1. david8577
    12:11 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Thanks for the write up Jared. Good stuff. I agree the blocking/protection has to get better, way to many plays where a lineman touches no one, gets completely beat on the edge, or a receiver doesn’t make an effort to block down field. Overall though, it was a good year where we showed some progress. Keep getting better boys.



  2. Sin The
    12:24 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Keep the posts coming Throwboy. BTW, who is going to be the offensive Coordinator?



  3. kyle heavy
    12:29 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    You da man, Jared. Keep writing!



  4. BiggestCatsFanInOhio
    12:31 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Welcome to KSR Jared! You’re so good on the radio, I’m glad to see you contribute to the site as well. Thanks for reminding us of your rookie stats to provide perspective on Towles. Makes me feel better about the QB situation since you obviously improved from that point to become a great player. I also agree that the QB position needs to be opened up again, not as a slight against Patrick but as a compliment to the depth at the position.



  5. dsims0004
    12:31 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    I’ve been waiting for this all morning! Good read. To the point. I want some Jared’ness in the next 30,000 articles.



  6. Humdittydiddycatsbyfiddy
    12:47 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Great post Jared and I’ll be looking forward to more! I’ll be looking forward to the progress the team will be making in the offseason, and especially how the redshirt guys turn out.



  7. ukblue22
    12:59 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    All the thoughts were well written and precisely expressed. Points were clear and no extra fluff. Not sure about the 3rd to last paragraph/sentence.



  8. secrick
    1:07 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Keep these type post coming Jared, i enjoyed it and hope you will continue to let us know whats going on with the football team. Sure your going to have the spelling police and the ones on here that fine tune every sentence but no one cares but them. So keep it coming from the gut and the heart.



  9. J-Dub421
    1:18 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Nice write up Jared. It’s always good to hear the perspective of someone who knows more about football than I do (ie. most people). I am super excited to see how the receivers develop; it seems like there’s a lot of explosive talent at that position in particular.



  10. Ken Grizzle
    1:47 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Great job Jared. I agree with everything you wrote and appreciate your insight. Go Cats



  11. Patrick_Wren
    1:49 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Great job Jared! Love the positive outlook for our Team. Also very excited to hear how Coach Stoops is involving all the old players….that, I believe, is how long term legacies are built. We need you around MORE mine Big Blue Brethren! Love you long time.



  12. originalCatFanForLife
    2:12 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Great article Jared. Would love to see your thoughts on the defense as well. Then maybe you could pen an column for next season looking at both the offense and defense, highlighting our strong positions and where we need improvement/depth, with a focus on the returning players as well as those who were redshirted and expected to contribute.



  13. new dreamer
    2:16 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Jared….or someone. It is not clear to me that Neal Brown ran the same offensive philosophy at UK that he coached at other schools. Did he ever use this hybrid inverted wishbone look with his passing qb running the read option. Surely this did not develop out of Mummy’s air raid passing attack. Did Brown ever use a wildcat package in his coaching career? Maybe I’m wrong but I thought Brown favored about a 60 to 40 pass/run ratio with the run being set up by the pass. At UK this never seemed to develop until he would get down a couple of scores and had to pass more.

    Here’s a more interesting question. Was Neal Brown free to use his offensive philosophy at UK or was he instructed to use more runs in order to add more ball control instead of to much quick strike and score offense that took to little time off the clock? Maybe I’m wrong but this did no seem to fit Brown’s offensive mind set. Was this truly Neal Brown’s offense?



  14. cracka
    3:02 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    the o line will have more depth next year, but will still be young. i really think the year after next will be when we start to have markedly better o line play. would def like your take on the defensive side as well. would love to hear if you have a favorite for offensive coordinator, also.

    you said “tough as sh*t” … makes me think the first time you tried to post your article it was “awaiting moderation” and you had to resubmit it, j/k



  15. cats paw
    3:20 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Neal Brown said it all today…We didn’t utilize the air raid because we didn’t want to hand the ball over to the other team so quickly!! Playing to “not lose” or “keeping it close” is the ultimate losers mentality and the reason this team is so boring on offense! How can any passing game improve if it is never utilized?? It’s not like our running game was so good that it kept us in the games! We just wasted a season of experience that Towles and the receivers could have benefited from.



    • cracka
      4:03 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

      gotta have the players and the depth to run the system the way it’s supposed to be ran, they’re getting closer each year, but you can’t just put a system out there to put it out there

      it’s kinda like if your loserville team wanted to try to platoon with their sorry group of guys – they’d end up with their big, black anas out there for too many minutes … they’d be hurt by their own anas



    • meeksfor3
      4:18 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

      I don’t think it was as much about playing “not to lose” as it was trying to keep our defense off the field as much as possible. If the defense is on the field for a 6-8 minute drive and only on the bench to rest for a 2 minute drive of ours, they will tire quickly with our lack of depth.



  16. shelby
    8:32 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    I agree with every word jared. The OL is definitely my biggest concern going forward, the success of EVERY offense starts with the line. This group MUST kill it in the weight room starting now!



  17. erinlynne
    9:14 pm December 2, 2014 Permalink

    Great job Jared! Can’t wait to see your take on defense too. Go Cats!