Kentucky’s offense showed both good and bad signs in the season-opening loss at Auburn.
What played a much larger role than it has in recent past for the Cats was passing the ball, as quarterback Terry Wilson threw 37 times for 24 completions.
Due to this, the wideouts had an impact on the game almost more than they have in any matchups the last few seasons. While they showed promise in some areas, they also did not execute in other crucial moments of the game. One play that has been brought up multiple times is the third down near halftime in which UK QB Terry Wilson threw an INT, and UK Head Coach Mark Stoops said a receiver missed an assignment leading to that pick.
Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran followed up today on Stoops’ comments, saying the wideouts had a few mental mistakes, and will be working this week to correct those looking ahead to the matchup against Ole Miss this Saturday.
“That’s our point of emphasis this week, is fundamentals and doing your job,” he said.
The Cats ran for 145 yards and just gave up two sacks behind their offensive line which was revered as one of the best in the league coming into the season. Despite coming out in the second half with two straight three-and-outs on that side of the ball, Gran was pretty pleased with their performance all around pass and run blocking.
“Overall, I think they played pretty darn good against that defense. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely,” he said.
The offensive coordinator also pointed to Kentucky’s third down efficiency, as they went 12/20 when forced into that position in the game, and their ability to move the ball as good signs looking ahead.
“It’s exciting when it’s against a defense like that,” he said. “I thought they were poised, nothing rattled them.”
This Saturday UK will square off against Ole Miss, who lost their season opener 52-35 to Florida. Gran is confident that the Rebel defense will come to Lexington as an improved unit, but either way knows the offense just has to do their job correctly and put the team in the best position possible to win.
“Our job is to score points,” he said. “Whatever we gotta do to score points, whether it’s enough to win 17-16 or you gotta score 35, whatever it is, we gotta do our job.”