By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says the two runs out of the Wildcat package by Benny Snell inside the 10-yard late on UK’s final series against Georgia in Saturday’s 27-24 loss were called because that is what had been working for the Cats.
However, he also said the Georgia defense was not fatigued from being on the field too much and also played those two plays well.
“We just didn’t get it done where we’ve been doing that. We’ve gotten into the fourth quarter and been able to take balls at that particular point and we’ve been able to punch them in. And the last play, I guess you can second guess every call you make. Yeah, I had about 15 of them after I watched it, I wish I had called,” Gran said Tuesday.
“But if that would’ve worked, it would’ve been fantastic. That’s part of it. But, yeah, you live and learn there, too, as a play caller.”
Snell has been getting a lot of carries, especially for a freshman and considering the hits he takes because of his running style. Gran doesn’t anticipate doing anything different with him going into Saturday’s game at Tennessee.
“Just keep your thumb on him and make sure you stay humble. That’s the great thing about that room. They all want the ball, but we talked about being selfless. I think Boom’s handled it well. I think Benny’s handled it well. I think Jojo’s handled it well. Sihiem (King), you know, it’s been rough on him, but he’s got a role on special teams and he’s been doing a really good job,” Gran said.
“I know that if Sihiem ever has to come in, he’s going to be ready. And that’s my job to get him ready, and I think he’s handled that well, but that’s going to be a part of it. I think they’ve been really, really good. I think you see it on the sideline with them as they’re together, they’re encouraging each other, whether it’s Jojo, whether it’s Boom, whether it’s Benny.”