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Neal Brown had impact on Jacob Tamme and now Tamme believes Brown will do same at UK

Jacob Tamme, Denver Bronco and former UK football star, and his wife, Allison, sent this Christmas photo a couple of years ago to wish all the readers of vaughtsviews.com a Merry Christmas!

By LARRY VAUGHT

Current Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme never played on the same team as Neal Brown at Boyle County High School, but that doesn’t mean UK’s new offensive coordinator didn’t have an impact on Tamme.

“Neal definitely influenced my career. When I was in middle school and Neal was in high school he was the guy I looked up to and aspired to be,” said Tamme, a former all-Southeastern Conference tight end at UK. “He was the star wide receiver and got a chance to go to UK and that is all I really wanted, so I certainly looked up to Neal.

“Now that we’re a bit older you realize we’re not really that far apart in age, but back then it sure seemed like it.”

Tamme said it was “very wild” to him the last few weeks when Brown’s name surfaced as a potential offensive coordinator at UK after Joker Phillips, Tamme’s offensive coordinator at UK, was fired. Tamme’s high school coach, Chuck Smith, also lost his job as Kentucky’s linebackers coach.

“The previous staff with so many connections leaving, and now a new staff coming in and you wonder if it will even have Kentucky connections and now not only does it look like it will have several Kentucky connections but we have another Boyle County guy and he’ll be calling the plays on offense. I think it’s great,” Tamme said.

“I have followed Neal’s career and I know he’s had success everywhere he has been. I think his offense will bring new energy and excitement to the players and to the fan base.”

Tamme was impressed with Brown’s work as offensive coordinator at both Troy and Texas Tech and believes he’ll help new coach Mark Stoops get UK back on the winning track.

“It’s all very neat to me. Neal has done some big things in the coaching world at a young age (32), and here’s hoping the best is yet to come and that by coming here Neal can help get the ship righted at Kentucky and continue to progress as a coach,” Tamme said.

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  1. Bill

    Here’s a link for anyone who wants to see highlights of the offense Neal Brown brings to the table. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f-hXPVNQwQ&feature=youtu.be

    I’m excited.

  2. RJ

    Sure is exciting, but you have to have the horses to get it done. Maybe we’ll pick off a few 5 Star gays that were commits elsewhere. Brown has Timmons thinking about UK at least.

    1. Gene

      Would be nice but……………………I firmly believe that if you put a kid in a position to excel he will try his da#$%est to do just that. I think people like Steve Johnson and Randall Cobb are prime examples and there are a thousand more spread over the CFB landscape.
      It then all comes down to coaching. The Cobb’s and Johnson’s rise to the top by their own sheer desire and initiative. Jacob Tamme didn’t have a boat load of “stars” after his name when he left Boyle County HS. He literally had to plead for a scholorship at UK. Others need a little help but the talent is there. The true coach will find it , exploit it, and create a player that not even the kid himself knew was there.
      I think that the staff being assembled by Coach Stoops will do what no other, since the Bryant days has done. They seem motivated with a will to win. THAT is what they must, can, and will give to their players !

      1. larryvaught

        Gene, you got it right about that will to win. As an overall staff, didn’t always sense that feeling the last two years

        1. RJ

          You’re absolutely right.

    2. Larry Pup

      Right on RJ!

  3. Chris

    Any news on chuck smith. Thought he might get to keep his job because the LB where one of the few bright spots last 3 years.

    1. larryvaught

      Chris, Chuck was a finalist for Morehead job but didn’t get it. Not sure what might happen now. If I was Petrino, I would grab him

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