Football practice report: November 13th


Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Terry Wilson (3) throwing during warmups before the game. University of Kentucky’s football team lost to University of Tennessee, 24-7, at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

After a Tennessee loss that left several of the Kentucky football players and coaches frustrated, the Wildcats seemed positive after practice Tuesday evening and are ready for the week of preparation ahead of them.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran took to the podium and took all the responsibility for the team’s offensive struggles in the past few weeks, and said the main thing his team needs is consistency.

“I’ve been here before. If you remember a few years back, people weren’t very happy. And I get it,” Gran said. “It’s my responsibility and we’ve got to be more consistent. That’s the biggest thing. Getting back to that physicality of not talking about it, but doing it.”

Coach Gran says that often there are guys out of sync and guys who are making mistakes all over the offense, but says those mistakes are his fault for not paying closer attention to detail. Gran says that it’s not time to go into panic mode, but it’s all about having a sense of urgency.

Senior tight end CJ Conrad also talked about how his team needs a sense of urgency and said that was a conversation point in a meeting the upperclassmen and coaches had yesterday.

 “Overall, I think it was positive,” Conrad said of the meeting. “I think he (Stoops) was trying to light a fire under some of us– to come out of practice today with a sense of urgency and I think that’s what we did. That’s really what it’s about, is having the right preparation and taking every day very seriously because you can’t just show up to a game and expect that you’re gonna win.”

Quarterback Terry Wilson says that despite the struggles the offense has had recently, his team still believes they’re “that offense.”

“It’s been pretty slow these past few games and stuff like that, but we do believe that we are that team and that’s how we go about our business.”

Wilson mentioned that he believes the offense as a whole has to work on being fundamentally sound in order to improve.

“Just executing, that’s all an explosive offense needs is execution,” Wilson said. “We are explosive, but it just takes everybody on the same page.”

Kentucky’s offensive line was shaky against Tennessee—Wilson was sacked five times in the 24-7 loss. While that statistic doesn’t entirely fall on just the o-line, Wilson fully supports the linemen.

“Those guys are working really hard too. They’re smart, they’re always watching film they’re correcting those mistakes. But I trust those guys, they’ll fix it.”

The Cats will return to the field this Saturday on Senior Day when they’ll take on Middle Tennessee State University at noon at Kroger Field.