Eddie Gran: “It’s about winning”


Kentucky coaches have already been watching what offensive coordinator Eddie Gran calls “tons” of film on Southern Mississippi to prepare for the Sept. 3 opener.

The Cats start actual game preparation when they return to practice Thursday after taking today off when classes resume on campus.

“Coach has allowed us with some great meeting time. We’ve already been walking through, doing what we need to do for them. Getting a start, and a nice introduction. So, we’re, I think, ahead that way. Which you should be. It’s your first game,” Gran said Tuesday.

While many UK fans are pointing to the first game as perhaps the most important of the season, Gran won’t buy into that.

“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing or what game it is. It’s about winning. And, yeah, you can’t win them all unless you win the first one. And we want to win this first one; we want to get started off on the right foot,” Gran said.

“We’re home, and that’s important. You want to get a win at home. So, pressure is what you put on yourself. We have to coach, get them ready to go, and hopefully we’ll be prepared and you’ll see that.”



  1. Well we know who the OC is for sure. Coach Hopson is in his first year as the HC at SM coming from Alcorn State where he was a winner. There is a lot of football tradition a SM. They were 9-5 in 2015 and return 13 starters, including Nick Mullens an experienced QB that can sling it. This will be no cake walk for UK.

  2. Look for Dawson to target what he remembers as UK defensive weaknesses and new ones. I hope our guys have grown into themselves since last year. With Mullens I look for SM to bring offensive pressure early and not let up. Defensively, I look for them to test Barker. Believe it or not, I think we have the depth advantage and we certainly should have the Running game advantage with our RB’s. We should be able to wear them down with our ground game and take a lot or pressure off of Barker. If not, we’re in trouble. Barker is not accustomed to slinging it the entire game with success and confidence. He’ll have to grow into that.

  3. I hope Dawson throws for the end zone from the two yard line. Don’t think we lost much there fellas. Had UK gotten out their wallet in 2014, Dawson wouldn’t have been hired and Gran would be in his 2nd year here.

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