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What worries make UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown stay awake at night

 By LARRY VAUGHT

Neal Brown said who will be Kentucky’s starting quarterback is not the issue that might make him lie awake at night as the season draws nearer.

‘When I start getting worried, things that keep you up at night, is that we’re probably still a year away in some positions,” said Brown. “Who’s going to be our third offensive tackle? Jordan Swindle and Darrian Miller are our two starters. They played almost every down last year at those positions.

“I feel good about those guys. I think they’re legitimate, good SEC football players. I’m really excited about Jordan Swindle’s growth. But who are our third guys going to be? Teven Eatmon-Nared could bounce up there, and we know that there’s a redshirt freshman getting ready to do that. And there’s receiver.

‘We need to have some guys step up. I think that we’re going to need a couple of those new guys. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t have to count on two freshmen, and in one more year, we’re going to get away from that.

‘There’s always going to special type of skill guys that come into play, and we ended up starting three of those guys last year. Four of our top five receivers were all newcomers, either freshmen or junior college transfers. Some of those young guys are going to come in right away and play as freshmen.”

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  1. Larry Pup

    I assume Brown is talking about Kyle Meadows as the other tackle, he is a RS Freshmen. The whole OLine is somewhat worrisome. They have to step up and play. UK needs a couple more big Tackles to start grooming. Need to recruit some big linemen.

    1. Jim

      UK staff has just about filled their allotment for O line commits for the next signing period.

  2. Ira

    LP,

    You could be right about Meadows, but don’t forget about Ramsey Meyers he was the other RS freshman that OC Brown had talked about some prior to spring practice.

    I also agree with you as well, the whole OL needs to step up and reach its full potential whether it’s as a backup or starter. We were awful last year, and that can’t be allowed to happen this year. Personally I think if our OL can’t kick it in high gear after next season, we need to find a new OL coach. He may be a great person on the personal side, but if he can’t get these kids to block then after 3yrs it’s time to change.

    Btw have you not been following the guys we’ve recruited this yr for the OL? They are some hosses. Big kids, big frames, and they carry their weight well. Not just blobs.

    1. Larry Pup

      Kyle Meadows is listed as a tackle on the roster where as Ramsey Meyers is listed as a guard. Perhaps like Jim says, they could use either of those guys at the tackle position in a pinch. There is a difference in blocking schemes however in playing those two positions, particularly in protecting the QB from an outside rush, etc. For example the left tackle is a key position on the LOS to protect a right handed QB’s blind side. Just the opposite for a lefty. Brown seems to be pointing out a weakness at the tackle position.

      1. Ira

        It looks like he has a starting guard position as a RS Frshman. Must be a beast!

        But last year OC Brown talked about our guards were our problem on the line as in starters. They just weren’t any good. Think everyone would agree too! So maybe Ramsey Meyers is addressing some of that problem.

        I think this time he is talking about depth at tackle. Maybe no one is stepping up enough to be a clear No.2 guy as an OT for Brown. We may just don’t have the athletes yet. Or more likely, we do as in recruited, freshmen, but have to wait on them a year or 2 for them to step up into their assigned roles. If you noticed, the guys on the offensive line for the most part are still a Joker recruits. Mostly Jr to Sr on avg. Stoops recruits really won’t start replacing them on the OL till next year.

  3. Larry Pup

    Ira…… yes, guys like Luke Hiers, George Asafo-Adjei, Logan Steinberg, btw he is 6-6, 327. My question is are they being recruited as tackles or guards, and do hey actually sign on the dotted line? There is a big kid named Levon Livingston listed at 6-7, 250 which seems a little light for the OL, and more like a DE. The current roster is loaded with guards. They need tackles according to Brown.

  4. Anonymous

    Well, guards and tackles aren’t from different planets. Some of those big guys have played 2 or 3 positions in high school. So as long as staffers are landing big 300 lbs guys who have little fat hanging out over their belts the staff can make do with them. After all the juggling they did last year, they must be good at making do.

  5. Jim Harris

    Well, guards and tackles aren’t from different planets. Some of those big guys have played 2 or 3 positions in high school. So as long as staffers are landing big 300 lbs guys who have little fat hanging out over their belts the staff can make do with them. After all the juggling they did last year, they must be good at making do.

    1. Larry Pup

      I agree somewhat with what you are saying Jim, but that was not Brown’s point. He said “who is going to be our third offensive tackle?” Check the current roster and you will find plenty of guards listed, and about 3 or 4 tackles listed. Take for example John Gruenschlager. He is listed as a guard at 6-11, 364. He looks on paper like a perfect tackle candidate to me with the exception of his extreme height that could make him vulnerable to the rush. They do have a couple guys they are currently recruiting that might fit the bill. If what you are saying is right, then just take some of those guards and stick em in at the tackle position and problem solved.

  6. RJ

    I know we have all heard the clichés about “playing as a team” but at the O line level, it is not a cliché. If a tackle makes a good block and the guard on the opposite side, lets two guys slip by two things happen and they are not good: 1) the QB gets sacked and 2) the tackle just wasted his energy making a good play. Both contribute lost momentum and enthusiasm. Any offensive back will tell you that that all of his moves go for naught unless he has good O line play around him. That’s why the current recruiting efforts are so important. I’m anxious to see the fruits of those efforts this fall. Go Cats!

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