UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the performance of the offense in the team’s first scrimmage in fall camp as well as talking about the current outlook for the unit as they near the start of the season.
Gran had some critical words for the offense’s performance in Saturday’s inter-squad battle, and feels they have to be better at executing.
“We were okay. You can only imagine first scrimmage — I didn’t like the way we finished,” he said. “We moved the ball decent inside the 20’s (yard line) and we kicked some field goals, and we gotta get those converted into touchdowns.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We gotta be more consistent and I get it, it was the first scrimmage, so I’m not gonna panic yet but offense is about execution and we gotta be better at that this next Saturday.”
UK quarterback Terry Wilson has been described as comfortable and confident by all of his coaches and teammates so far since preseason practices began. Eddie Gran also went that route when talking about the senior’s camp performance.
“I did like the way Terry, for the first time in a long time in that pocket and with live bullets, he just looked comfortable, and that was really good to see,” he said.
Right next to Wilson in the offensive formation is often at least one running back, and the Cats are loaded at that position coming into next season. Gran had positive feedback on the experienced Chris Rodriguez and AJ Rose, but also had a lot of praise for freshman Jutahn McClain.
He’s a little bit different — locked in every day, knows this offense as well as any of the three I have right now,” he said. “I think he’s a special player.”
Kentucky is also deep at the tight end position, with four guys that can step on the field and play a role — redshirt sophomore Keaton Upshaw, senior Justin Rigg, redshirt sophomore Brenden Bates and redshirt freshman Nick Ognenovic.
The UK offensive coordinator said that the position is getting more looks in the passing game, and is excited about how they have progressed so far in this preseason.
They can be a weapon because they can body people up, and you can create those matchups, so I’m excited about where they are right now,” he said. “They get better like all the them — we still gotta move the ball and be physical in this league, and when you got ten (SEC) games like that in a row, you need all four of them, because it’ll be a war.”
Due to the unknown of someone contracting Covid-19, Gran said the team is moving players at each position and coaches around to prepare for lack of depth because of someone having to quarantine.
”We gotta prepare — move guys around if someone’s tagged and can’t get on the plane…there’s just a number of things you gotta think about,” he said.
Gran ended by saying the team is already preparing for the matchup against Auburn on Sept. 26, as even though we are still weeks away from football season in the SEC starting, preparation begins early.