By LARRY VAUGHT
Georgia Tech’s triple option offense can produce long, time-consuming drives that limit an opponent’s time of possession.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hopes his defense can prevent that in Saturday’s TaxSlayer Bowl.
“If you could just get a stop against them is a victory. These guys, they know how to get first downs and that’s the key, is being able to prevent them from getting first downs,” Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said.
““It can be difficult. It sure can. It’s something they’re not used to seeing. We’ve had some good practices; we’re getting some good looks from our scout team and I’m pleased with our progress.”
Eliot also thinks depth UK has developed should help Saturday, especially in the warm weather.
“I feel better about the depth. I think guys like Jordan Bonner have played better. Guys like T.J. Carter are playing better. I think that some of our linebackers are doing some good things. Eli Brown, Kash Daniel. I think our defense overall has been able to develop depth and this bowl preparation and these extra practices have helped us tremendously on developing that depth,” Eliot said.
Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says Tech’s ball-control offense won’t impact his play calling “until it needs to.”
Translation: When Stoops tells him to use time off the clock, then it will impact his play calling.
“Coach stays on that really well. It’s been like that some this year. We went back and we looked, and you might lose a possession in the whole thing, but we looked at plays and how many people usually get and it’s about what we’re getting, 73, 74 plays,” Gran said.
“I we stay on track and we do what’s right I think we can have the possessions that we need. But you do, you have to – I told them early that one of the things we’re going to have to do is we’re going to have to score touchdowns. I don’t think field goals are going to get it done. We’re going to have to sustain drives, and we’re going to have to be really good with our possessions.”