By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s expected starting quarterback — Drew Barker — has played two games. One of its top returning receivers — Dorian Baker — has been hampered by a hamstring injury and has yet to make a catch.
That has challenged offensive coordinator Eddie Gran in his first season at UK after leaving Cincinnati.
“The great thing about this thing, our staff does a great job, our players – and this is my philosophy. They went out, they have to execute it. We had somebody come in and talk to us, and it really is. You can call plays and I know there’s setting up plays and stuff like that but at the end of the day it’s about the players and they’ve just bought in and done a really good job,” Gran said.
“Our coaches are coaching their tail off, and I think they’re doing a great job. I think that’s what this is all about.”
Kentucky came off its bye week with several new offensive wrinkles it used against Mississippi State.
“It’s more wrinkles this week, and they’ve handled it very well,” Gran said.
Kentucky plays at Missouri Saturday after the Tigers gave up 51 points in a loss at Middle Tennessee last week.
“They’ll be ready to go, and it will be a dog fight. There’s no question: That team will be ready to roll,” Gran said.