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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Mark Stoops Era on Offense

Shannon Dawson teaches his QBs how to catch a pass. Wait a second...

While Mark Stoops comes from a defensive background, he made it a point to hire offensive coordinators that would rejuvenate the once great UK offense.  He definitely wanted a certain kind of offense during his tenure.  But have the results been what you expected?  Over the last 2 years, every Monday I do a play-calling breakdown of the previous week’s game.  I breakdown how Kentucky performed on 1st down, 2nd down and long/short, and 3rd down and long/short.  Below is the combination of the past 2 years.  Look these stats over and tell us what you think.  What areas would you like UK to improve under Shannon Dawson and where can the UK offense lean on:

1st Down
Pass: 198-313, 2199 yds, 10 TD, 5 INT, 19 sacks for -113 yds
Run: 366 rushes for 1,794 yards (4.9 ypc), 14 TD, 2 fumbles
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2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 86-170, 1062 yds,  4 TD, 4 INT, 12 sacks for -86 yards
Run: 188 rushes for 1,076 yards (5.7 ypc), 4 TD
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2nd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 30-44, 368 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT, 3 sacks for -25 yards
Rush: 108 rushes for 626 yards (5.8 ypc), 10 TD
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3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 82-151, 1024 yds, 6 TD, 5 INT, 26 sacks for -172 yards
Rush: 36 rushes for 167 yards (4.6 ypc)
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3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 26-50, 342 yds, 3 TD, 6 sacks for -33 yards
Rush: 79 rushes for 310 yards (3.9 ypc), 6 TD

Article written by Bryan the Intern

5 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Mark Stoops Era on Offense



  1. Not The Real Turkey Hunter
    9:21 am July 16, 2015 Permalink

    Gotta consistently get positive yards on first down. 2nd and shorts are an offensive coordinators dream. They keep the entire playbook open and the opposing defense on their heels. Also keeps our high-paced offense on the field and wear out their defense while ours rests and regroups on the sideline.



  2. UKCrewser
    9:42 am July 16, 2015 Permalink

    AH! The Purple Helmets……brings back memories. (And Matt thought we were crazy)



  3. Drew Barker
    10:05 am July 16, 2015 Permalink

    I will go over the improvements in the playbook under coach Dawson in my next KSR diary installment.
    You will see the diagrams for the most amazing and innovative plays designed to fool even the most talented SEC defenses



  4. asdf
    10:18 am July 16, 2015 Permalink

    I look for significant improvement this year, and Dawson is going to be awesome as OC, but I won’t badmouth Coach Brown either. If Brown had had this year’s team, the last two year’s offense would have been a lot more creative than it was. He was hampered by the limitations of the personnel.



  5. CES
    5:47 pm July 16, 2015 Permalink

    While the stats shown are interesting, wouldn’t the best measure of success be whether the Cats got a first down–add that info?