After putting together one of the most prolific offenses in the country at Texas Tech, Neal Brown has returned to Kentucky as offensive coordinator. Brown is hopeful of putting up the same kind of numbers with the Cats as he did with the Red Raiders.
All the talk has been about recruiting. A top notch class is committed for 2014, currently ranked No. 2 in the country by Rivals. But the talk will soon turn to the coming season, the beginning of the Mark Stoops era. Coming off a 2-10 year, Brown can't make any prediction on wins and losses. "I don't know if I can put a number on it, I really don't. We'd love to be bowl eligible, I don't think there's any question, I think that's most program's goals."
Brown says the biggest goal will be steady improvement. "We have to continue to get better. I think our kids bought into that, they're working hard, buying into what we're doing offense and defensively and special teams. We've just got to continue to show improvement, we've got to continue to build on the momentum that we have, and I think the wins and losses will take care of itself."
Brown will have to pick a quarterback in fall camp, Max Smith, Jalen Whitlow or Patrick Towles will win the job. He's also looking for playmakers on offense. "I think you probably ask me that two weeks into the camp I'll know for sure. I think Demarco Robinson showed some signs of doing that. I think Josh Clemons, Raymond Sanders, Dyshawn Mobley, I think they showed some signs of doing that. I think they've all got to be more consistent, and it's my hope that a couple of these young guys that are coming in can do that for us too."
Brown told us he expects safety Ashely Lowery to play again after being seriously injured in a car accident last month. And he says defensive tackle Donte Rumph is making good progress after undergoing shoulder surgery in the spring. " I know he's rehabbing hard, he's a great kid, hes got a great personality. I wish all our fans could meet him because he would be a fan favorite for sure. That usually doesn't happen to D-tackles but he definitely would. He said he feels stornger, I asked him how he was feeling, and I think he's going to be ready to go. He's really excited because he was telling me how much he's going to get after us in the fall camp, so I know he's excited."