By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky quarterback Ryan Hockman, who runs Score 6 QB Academy and has mentored numerous top quarterbacks, believes the fast-paced offense Brown is bringing to UK from Texas Tech could dramatically help UK in SEC play.
“I think you need to have something different. History has proven you have to do something different. It’s not changing the culture like (former coach Jerry) Claiborne or like (former coach Rich Brooks) changing the defense. I think year in, year out if you have a great quarterback, and the state of Kentucky has produced a lot of good quarterbacks, you have a chance,” Hockman said.
“The kid at Conner (Drew Barker) is good and can run that offense and offer a product a little different. Then go to Florida, Georgia and Ohio with a different product than those teams offer. It gives you a little competitive edge and equals the playing field a little bit.”
Hockman, like the current UK coaches, believes Kentucky can win a SEC championship.
“They have won it before with Fran Curci, so history shows they can do it,” Hockman said. “That wasn’t back in the 1950’s with Bear Bryant and before allthe tradition and momentum at Alabama. They are fighting a lot of tradition, fighting years of resources and it’s always a battle not have as many SEC-caliber athletes in the state.
“To say Kentucky should be a top three, top four programin the SEC every year is not realistic. But to be able to compete once or twice a decade for the SEC East title is not unrealistic. It seems to me Kentucky is putting the resources into football now to do that. I like the recruiting strategy and connections they have now. I think things are going the right way.
“I live for the day that Kentucky can win the SEC. You want the Cats to do as well as they can. I believe every former player feels that way.”