By LARRY VAUGHT
While Virginia Tech has had about a month to prepare ways to try and stop Kentucky’s potent running attack led by Lynn Bowden, the flip side is that UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has had the same amount of time to add some new wrinkles for the Cats going into Tuesday’s Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.
Bowden has almost been unstoppable running the seven games he has started for Kentucky since taking over at quarterback at midseason and leading UK to a 5-2 finish and rushing for over 1,200 yards.
Much of Bowden’s success has been based on his extraordinary talent. Part has been the superb play of UK’s offensive line. Another part is the creativity Gran has shown with his play calling.
So can Kentucky really do more to make the running game even better?
“When you have somebody like Lynn, as talented as he is, you can be very creative with the way you dress things up in the way you present things even out of formations and motions and plays,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.
Virginia Tech is a slight favorite in Tuesday’s game, so additional offense certainly would help UK’s chances.
“It comes down to the basics, each game comes down to being physical blocking, making people miss, playing physical and on the other side just the opposite just being physical up front with great position on the football, making good tackles, making competitive plays, Stoops said.
“That’s ultimately what it is going to come down to.”