UK football practice report: Sept. 11


Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. (1) celebrates a tackle during the game against Central Michigan on Saturday Sept. 1, 2018, at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 35-20. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Tuesday evening was a time for reflection as the UK football team looked back on its historic 27-16 win over Florida last weekend.

As the team prepares for FCS in-state opponent Murray State, the offensive coaches and personnel stepped up to answer questions.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said that he was very happy with the offense’s explosiveness, noting that the team’s goal was to have an explosive play, or a “chunk” play, once every eight plays. Gran said that in Gainesville, the team was able to manage that feat once every five plays.

Gran also said that All-SEC running back Benny Snell was among the greatest he’s ever coached, because of his approach to the game.

“He plays the game how you’re supposed to play this game,” Gran said. “You respect everyone, but you fear nothing.”

He also said that starting quarterback Terry Wilson reminds him of Stephen Johnson, the way he makes calm decisions under heavy pressure, like it isn’t even there.

As for the players, they’re in full business mode, even if they are still having some fun with the win they just picked up in Gainesville. SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week Jervontius “Bunchy” Stallings said he’s seen the memes on the internet and social media surrounding his large pancake block that helped Snell pick up one of the final first downs of the game.

“It’s been pretty cool to see people enjoy [the pancake block] as much as I do,” Stallings said. He also said he had no idea the block looked that good until he got a reaction from everyone after the play.

Wide receiver Lynn Bowden, in his second media availability since scoring his first touchdown with UK, wasn’t short-changing the talented offense. When asked how explosive the offense could eventually become, Bowden told media that they “ain’t seen nothing yet”. He also said that he is faster than Wilson, his quarterback, and would be willing to race him to prove it.

“Line it up, we can line it up,” Bowden said.

To Bowden’s comments, Wilson chuckled and said that he had no idea why Bowden would challenge him to something like that, because Wilson is “obviously” faster than Bowden, according to the junior college transfer. He said that if he ever does race Bowden, he’ll ensure that it’s filmed and put on social media.

Wilson also said his composure has been his biggest problem starting out this year, and he has to ensure that in the future, he can’t make as many mistakes by worrying about the last one he made. He also said he had no idea his highlight plays at Florida looked as nice as they did, but that his 54-yard pass to Bowden was one of the nicest balls he’s thrown “in the history of me playing football.”

Wilson will see if his composure has improved Saturday against Murray State. The game will kickoff in Kroger Field at noon.