Football practice report: October 16th


Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Terry Wilson (3) looks for an open receiver during the game against South Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated South Carolina 24 to 10. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

After a week off due to a bye week, the Kentucky football team is back on the field and ready to tackle a week of practice in preparation for Vanderbilt this weekend.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says there are several things his team was able to pick apart and improve on this past week after their loss to Texas A&M.

“First of all you self-scout and see what you’re doing, tendencies, and then you’re checking to see what you’re doing well and what you’re not doing well,” Gran said after practice Tuesday. “Then you get to implement it as you go and now we’re getting better each day. Had a really good practice today, I’m excited about their energy.”

Gran says after watching the film from Texas A&M, penalties was one of the biggest things his unit needs to fix.

“Well you know, number one [is] penalties. I’m just going to start right there. It’s just penalties. And then again, offense is about executing,” Gran said.

Against the Aggies, Gran says he didn’t help quarterback Terry Wilson enough by getting him into a rhythm with his throws.

“We all have to perform better. Coaches, players, everybody, for us to take that next step,” Gran said.

Wilson says it had been a long week because his teammates were ready to get back onto the field to work, but it was good for them since they got to regroup and heal up. He says there are several areas of his game that he wants to improve on in the second half of the season.

“Just my passing game, you know I’ve just got to be more efficient,” Wilson said. “I feel like I’m getting better every day in practice and stuff like that, just got to put it into the game. So I think the second half of the season is going to go good.”

Kentucky tight end CJ Conrad says going into a bye week after a loss motivates him to get the rest of the season going.

“It motivates you, but also it’s a long season, a lot of us have been doing this for three, four years and we know that it’s one week at a time,” Conrad said. “We appreciate the bye weeks when we get them.

Center Drake Jackson explains how Vanderbilt’s defense poses different challenges for Kentucky.

“They kind of jump out of odd and even a little bit more than some other teams do. They just have different personnel, some dudes are bigger and some dudes are smaller. It’s a different defense coordinator I believe than last year, so that’s not the same,” Jackson said. “But I think we’ve got a good plan, I think that everybody feels pretty confident about it.”