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Former UK QB Hockman believes Kentucky can turn unique offense into SEC title


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.”

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  1. Ben

    I like what he says for the most part! I hate when people try to limit KY in any way. Why can’t KY be in the top 3 or 4 year after year? You are only going to achieve what you are expected to do. Why limit yourself for no good reason?

    Yes, history say’s that we have been terrible in football! That will never change until the mentality changes about KY Football. I ask why can’t KY be the best, like it is in Basketball?

    Would anyone ever predicted what Mark Stoops could achieve at KY, before he ever played a game? Our opponents use this mentality to keep us in our place. Why should we help them do so? Stop this now!

  2. TrueBlueJohn

    There are schools that have really good programs that are in states which doesn’t produce a lot of d-1 talent. The key is that they recruit states that do produce a lot of talent very hard. A good example is Oklahoma, which by the way is coached by a guy named Stoops. Curci followed this game plan, his three biggest stars on the ’77 team were from Florida (Warren Bryant, Derrick Ramsey) and New Jersey (Art Still). I have never understood why we haven’t been mining Ohio hard for players. Looks like that is going to change big time.

  3. Larry Pup

    I agree with you Ben. Don’t like all Hockman said, like some of what he said. If UK begins to recruit the best football players year in and year out like this staff has proven they can, UK has a shot at rising to the top year in and year out if coaching is there, and with a few breaks. It will take a year or two to build the program, but once the winning gets consistent and recruiting excels, look out. I am with you, I don’t like being told UK can only get it done in football once or twice a decade. I can’t believe a former player would say that.

  4. Andy

    He is flat wrong that UK can only be competitive once or twice a decade. This is more motivation for the players and coaches. Jus’t don’t get why he can’t be more positive moving.forward.

  5. Ira

    Ben, read this article like what he said, then like you, here is some one limiting what UK should be able to do or shouldn’t again. It’s the same stereotyping UK has got to leave behind.

    Did USCjr, when they hired Steve Spurrier say we are going to compete in the SEC East only? Did they say we are going to be a 8-4,Or a 9-3 team only? No they are now one of the top teams in the SEC. Did it take Spurrier a few years to build it, yes. We can and will do the same thing here under our coach.

    I am tired of people putting limits on UK football. People can never see far enough over the horizon when it comes to UK football. Envision it. See it, believe it. Make it happen.

  6. Chris Searcy

    Who is this guy and what did he do?

    1. larryvaught

      Ryan is former UK QB and has QB academy now. Guys he has mentored included Braxton Miller of Ohio State. knows his stuff

  7. AndyP

    UK historically has a huge geographical disadvantage to other SEC schools, but that changes if we can add Ohio to our home footprint. That alone gives us an advantage over Tennessee, Vandy, and Mizzou. We’ve never had that before and it puts us on equal footing with South Carolina and the two Mississippi schools.

    It all starts with recruiting in the SEC. It should be clear to everyone at this point that Mark Stoops was the perfect fit for the UK job.

  8. RJ

    Larry is absolutely correct. Ryan is a smart ‘football’ guy. He knows that to win championships you have to win a lot of games against perinneal champions like AL, FL, LSU year in and year out. Do do that you have to have superior offenses and defenses year in and year out. Can a Kentucky do it? Maybe, but it’s going to take a very long time.

    When a KY steps up its recruiting game, other teams take notice and either step up their games or lose out. Trust me, the coaching staffs at GA, FL and TN et al, have taken notice and are already devising plans to re-do their recruiting programs.

    1. larryvaught

      Agree RJ. ryan knows his football

  9. Larry Pup

    Sure RJ we understand all that, but why throw water on the current football fire. If UK gets as many great football players in the future as AL, FL, LSU, GA we got a shot, right? Sure it will take time, but why limit UK as Hockman did? I’m sure he knows his stuff, but I just choose to believe Kentucky can turn this thing around, and that it has already started. We all know It won’t happen overnight, but it can happen. It not only takes great players it takes great attitude and believing fans and alumni. Once you get to the top of the mountain, you have sort of a leg up. Kids want to play for a winner. Success breeds success.

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