Tag: Eddie Gran

Gran: “Time to go” for veteran receivers or they will get passed by new players

Blake Bone, left, would like to celebrate a lot more next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran spent a lot of time Tuesday talking about Kentucky’s receivers.

Gran wants the receivers to focus on details and work on fundamentals.

“Competing every single rep. Going up making a tough catch. There’s going to be competing going on. There’s going to be contested balls. We have to make sure we do that. Just some more discipline and details,” Gran said.

He has liked what he’s seen from freshman Clevan Thomas, a mid-year enrollee.

Even Gran not quite sure how Kentucky offense found the right recipe for success

Eddie Gran (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Even Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran isn’t quite sure how UK’s offense evolved into what it did this year to where it produced two 1,000-yard rushers in Boom Williams and Benny snell.

“When we went into this thing, we thought it was going to be a lot different. And when (quarterback) Drew (Barker) went down and Stephen (Johnson) became our quarterback, and we had to re-evaluate, all of our coaches did a great job of what will the recipe be for us to score points? ” Gran said Monday.

Florida bowl game has to help Kentucky recruiting in Florida

Mark Stoops says playing a bowl game in Florida has to help recruiting. (John Showalter Photo)

Mark Stoops says playing a bowl game in Florida has to help recruiting. (John Showalter Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Any bowl appearance should help recruiting. But a bowl game in Florida could have even bigger benefits for Kentucky as the Cats try to attract even more players from that state.

Kentucky plays Georgia Tech Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville.

“I was just down there the last couple weeks and everybody is really excited about BBN. A lot of good talk, a lot of – people are really excited. So yeah, it doesn’t hurt  (recruiting) at all,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said Friday.

Eddie Gran: “We’ve got to sustain blocks (against Louisville”

Jon Toth anchors UK's  offensive line. (Wade Upchurch photo)

Jon Toth anchors UK’s offensive line. (Wade Upchurch photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Quarterback Stephen Johnson had what offensive coordinator Eddie Gran had a “really good day” of practice Tuesday as Kentucky gets ready to play at Louisville on Saturday.

“They do a great job on defense. They’re multiple, they’re athletic, they’re hard to move up front. They’re fourth in the country, I think, in run defense and they’re one of the top defenses in the country. So, we’ve got our hands full,” Gran said Tuesday.

Gran plans to “take more shots” in the red zone

Eddie Gran (Vicky Graff Photo)

Eddie Gran (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Failing to score touchdowns in the red zone the last two games against Georgia and Tennessee probably cost Kentucky one win (Georgia) and wiped out any chance of a second win.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran knows that has to change, especially in two weeks when UK ends the regular season at Louisville after hosing winless Austin Peay Saturday.

Gran indicated he’s going to “take more shots” inside the 20-yard lin.

Offensive line playing physical, selfless

Kentucky's offensive line has given Benny Snell run to room. (Victoria Graff Photo)

Kentucky’s offensive line has given Benny Snell run to room. (Victoria Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Going into the season Kentucky’s offensive line was supposed to be one of the best in the Southeastern Conference.

It didn’t look that way in a loss at Florida. It didn’t have great success at Alabama, but who does.

However, during the last four SEC games, Kentucky has pounded teams with its running game thanks to the UK offensive line.

UK has personnel Gran can use to run football

Kentucky has more yards rushing than passing this year. (Wade Upchuch Photo)

Kentucky has more yards rushing than passing this year. (Wade Upchuch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When  Neal Brown was offensive coordinator at Kentucky, he wanted to have a solid running game but it was hard to do with the personnel he had.

Brown is now head coach at Troy and his team is 6-1. The only loss came at Clemson.

So how has Brown, regarded as an “Air Raid guy” by many, handled the offense this year. Troy has rushed for 1,392 yards and 14 touchdowns while passing for 1,979 yards and 16 scores. Not exactly 50-50, but a nice balance.

Eddie Gran: “This thing is going to be totally about us.”

Landon Young is one of nine offensive linemen playing for UK. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Landon Young is one of nine offensive linemen playing for UK. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

No disrespect to the Mississippi State defense, but Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says he is more focused on the UK offense going into Saturday night’s game.

“This thing is going to totally be about us. We’ve got to take care of the football, we’ve got to make sure that we stay ahead of the chains. This will be about Kentucky football, that’s it,” said Gran Tuesday.

Gran says UK must “play our best football” at Alabama

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

“A bunch of war daddies” is what Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says his team will be facing Saturday night when it plays at No. 1 Alabama.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran sees an exciting challenge waiting for UK.

“The No. 1 team in the country, we get to go on the road. It’s exciting. That’s why these guys came here, to play in this kind of atmosphere. We’re going to have to go out and play our best football,” Gran said Tuesday.

Eddie Gran not about to let up

Jeff Badet (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jeff Badet (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Don’t worry about offensive coordinator Eddie Gran’s attitude after UK’s offense has struggled the last six quarters going into Saturday’s game with New Mexico State.

He says he is “energized” daily and coaching as hard as ever.

“You can’t let up, and it’s our job as an offensive staff – as it came down from Coach Stoops – offensively as a staff, we’ve got to be more detailed. If their not getting it done then it’s on me, then it’s on them,” Gran said. “And at the end of the day, that’s the bottom line and so our kids have responded to it.