LEXINGTON, Ky. – A week after being kept out of the end zone by the defense in the first major scrimmage, the Kentucky offense showed improvement during a 90-minute scrimmage in sweltering conditions Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium.
The format was first-team offense and defense going against their second-team counterparts. The scrimmage was situational, with the offense getting the ball in different locations on the field and also some two-minute drill work.
“I thought there were a lot of good things,” Coach Rich Brooks said. “We got a lot of situations covered. We scored touchdowns. We found the end zone and a lot of our young receivers stood up and made some catches. I thought Hartline and Cobb (quarterbacks Mike Hartline and Randall Cobb) handled the offense well and made some plays.
“We had much better protection today (by the offensive line). We had a couple of breakdowns that would have been sacks, as we did not allow the quarterbacks to be hit today. There were some good runs made and some holes. There was some push, moving the pile a little bit. It looked more like I thought it was going to look today than it did last week.”
Brooks indicated that some of the up-and-down performance by offensive line has been a result of good play by the Wildcat defensive line, particularly at the tackle positions.
“I feel like (Corey) Peters, (Myron) Pryor and (Ricky) Lumpkin are loads inside, and we have some other young guys doing some decent things, but those three guys are the real deal inside,” Brooks said. “They’re going to give everybody a test. Certainly they’ve given us a test in fall camp.
“It’s a little scary, obviously, when you go against yourself. You never know who’s doing something good and who’s doing something not so good because you’re going against yourself. There were a lot of good individual plays today. We looked like we were not quite as quick as we need to be, a little beat-up, tired, dead-legged. We have a light practice tomorrow and a day off Monday. We start our normal morning practices on Tuesday. We need to freshen up and get some bounce back in our step now.”
Brooks said that offensive guard Stuart Hines, safety Marcus McClinton, wide receiver E.J. Fields, offensive tackle James Alexander and quarterback Will Fidler did not participate in today’s scrimmage because of injuries. Wide receiver DeMoreo Ford also did not participate, as he was attending his brother’s funeral.