By LARRY VAUGHT
Question: Is there any truth that there never really was a playbook for this offense when you were at UK?
Derek Abney: “Part of that is true. We had playbooks, but the uniqueness when I was playing, especially under (Hal) Mumme, was that you had your base plays and different formations associated with it. It was simple and the simplicity was the beauty of it. We did learn some plays, but a lot of it was the simplicity. We did same plays with different formations.”
Question: What realistic changes/improvement can Neal Brown’s offense make in one year?
Derek Abney: “The second and third year you don’t have to teach all the things that come inherent with a program that is established. I am not talking just on the field. I am talking weight room, training table. So then you start focusing on the deficiencies and really things that really matter. You start trying to develop and excel. I think having a second and third year gives him an opportunity to really start to hone in on the little things. The kids start knowing the system better. It is really important that they have that down and start getting some kids that fit their system. I really feel like it moves up then.”
Question: Do you see Mark Stoops and this staff getting UK back to a consistent winning level like it almost reached when you played?
Derek Abney: “I do. Part of that is who do they bring in as far as the players and they are doing very well at that. .Then also the coaches associated with it, and these coaches have proven themselves. I think we are implementing their strategies and system and then it will eventually all comet together.”