By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky quarterback Dusty Bonner believes that Kentucky’s game plan against Tennessee last week “worked” and everything was set up for UK to win thanks in part to offensive coordinator Eddie Gran — which won’t be a popular opinion with a lot of Kentucky fans.
“Tennessee was really talented and had a lot of athletes. Several plays Eddie Gran dialed up that were “home run shots” were there but the throws just did not get hit by receiver turned quarterback Lynn Bowden.
Bonner wouldn’t say he would not have liked to see backup quarterback Sawyer Smith had a chance to play against the Vols but said UK could have won doing what it did.
“What Lynn is doing is something everyone should step back and appreciate,” Bonner said. “It’s incredible what he is doing. The offense is one dimensional but the coaches have done a fantastic job of taking it and making it look multi faceted.
“I think what Eddie Gran has done is pure genius. He has taken something very simple — Lynn handing off or Lynn running — and making it look incredibly complex for defenses and that’s not easy to do. It is a very intricate to make it look different but at the end of the day Lynn is running or a running back is running but yet it doesn’t look that simple.”
So can Kentucky finish 7-5 by winning its next three games?
“The defense has to be playing like it has been but maybe clamp down even more,” Bonner said. “If I was coaching the defense, I would say, ‘Go win the game 2-0.’ That needs to be the mindset.
“From the offensive side, whether you bring in Sawyer or whatever, you have to at least have the ability to take and make a couple of shots.”
What about playing Sawyer Smith to jump start the passing offense?
“If Sawyer is really healthy … he did really well against Florida. But I can’t gauge if he is healthy. He did warm up on the sideline (against Tennessee) and he is throwing a good ball. He did go in and run the quarterback sneak. I would be hard pressed if he’s healthy not to play him.”