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.
“What will the recipe be for us to win games? And we started with the wildcat and we just kind of evolved from there. As Stephen got better, the offense was a little bit more productive.”
Gran said the run game was the obvious place to start when Barker, a prolific passer, was injured and lost for the season. The first plan was to get the ball to Williams.
“Each week we kind of added and I think we hit the off week perfect where we actually were able to add a lot,” Gran said. “And I think that really helped a lot with all of the motions and some of the trick plays and just to keep people off balance and then we could see how Stephen was going to evolve in pass game and then we grew from there.”
Gran joked that the team didn’t have a lot of friends after its 0-2 start before it rebounded even without Barker to finish 7-5 and earn a TaxSlayer Bowl berth.
“I imagine there were some that said some things I don’t know about, and that’s fine. It’s not the first time. It’s all good. You know what? They’re fans, the community, and all they want to do is win, have success. I get that, and I don’t blame them,” Gran said.
“What they’ve got to know is that’s all we want too: We want to win, and we’re going to do everything we can to win. But the community here has been absolutely phenomenal. They’re welcoming, and Lexington has been really, really good.”