By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s easy for new Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw to tell you what he looks for in his starting quarterback.
“No. 1, he he has to have a motion and can throw the ball accurately,” he said. “Believe me, I’m very picky with that. If you don’t have that motion … everything else I can fix.
“I can fix your feet and make you somewhat fast, I can can get your hips and your shoulder going in the right direction I can fix your eyes and train you how to read defenses. We spend hours in the film room. I can do a lot of things.
“But the motion, someone has been throwing (the same way) for 20 years of their life, you’re not going to change their motion, you don’t have time. In that situation, that’s the most important thing. There are certain things I’m looking for and if they don’t have them, I’m going to go to the next guy. That’s the most important thing.”
“The next thing is footwork. You’ve got to have great feet,” Hinshaw said. “If you have slow feet, your not going to play in the SEC. You’ve got some big (players) coming after you and you’ve got to be able to move in the pocket.”
But the proper throwing motion is his No. 1 thing and obviously UK quarterbacks Drew Barker and Gunnar Hoak have that because Hinshaw tried to recruit them at Cincinnati. Same for junior college quarterback Stephen Johnson because Hinshaw recruited him after he got to UK.
“I’ve studied the motion for a long time. Looking at the NFL guys, the ones that have success, (that’s) what they all have in common. The ones that didn’t have success didn’t have it in common. Through the process I’ve been able to recruit really good quarterbacks,” Hinshaw said.
“Aaron Rodgers has unbelievable motion. All my film I do everything off of is from Drew Brees. His footwork and I got (film of him) when he was at Purdue doing all the drills. Peyton Manning has a very good motion. Tom Brady has very good motion. That’s what they call them gunslingers.”
“They guys that have success have good motion and that’s why they have good success.”