LEXINGTON, Ky (WKYT) - Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw, the duo from the University of Cincinnati that will assume control of the Kentucky offense, were formally introduced Monday by head coach Mark Stoops.
Gran is the Wildcats new assistant head coach of the offense and Hinshaw is the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator. The pair will collaborate to implement an offensive system they designed at Cincinnati. In 2015 the Bearcats were sixth nationally in the FBS in yards a game.
“We have what we feel like is a great system,” Gran said.
That system blends the en vogue, up-tempo style popular in college football with formations more typical of the NFL.
According to Hinshaw, the offense “can do all the pro-style passing game and run game and still be able to do it in a fast pace environment.”
“That’s the one thing you’re going to see with Kentucky, we’re going to go fast,” he said.
Tempo and a commitment to the run - or lack of - seemed to be a point of contention between Stoops and both of his previous offensive coordinators. While introducing his new hires Monday, Stoops admitted that he has not always been on the same page as his coordinators.
But does he meddle?
“I’m in to getting first downs and scoring points by any means necessary. Each coordinator that I’ve hired has full autonomy to do whatever they have to do to move the ball….I don’t interfere.”
“I fix the things I know I can fix,” The former defensive coordinator said. “Fixing offensive problems, I cannot do. So that is on the offensive coordinator 100 percent and it will be as we move forward.”
Both Gran and Hinshaw emphasized their desire to implement an offense that will be easily adaptable, both to mold to the strengths of the players they're inheriting and to quickly adjust to attack the weakness of the defense.
Hinshaw will coach the quarterbacks and will be in the coach's box during games. Gran will lead the running game and call the plays from the sideline.
Gran was on the staff at Florida State with Stoops for three seasons and was approached by Stoops to join his Kentucky staff before last season.
“I love his passion, that’s why I’m here,” Gran said.
Before introducing Gran and Hinshaw, Stoops addressed the state of the program and took questions.
A few notes
- Stoops has promoted defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley to co-defensive coordinator. The new role for Ansley does not change the role of defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, who will continue to be the defensive play-caller.
“I had SEC coaches calling me I had SEC coaches flying in here and going to his house and we got him to stay,” Stoops said of Ansley.
- Following the transfers of Patrick Towles and Rees Phillips Stoops said he would like to add another quarterback to the 2016 recruiting class. Currently Drew Barker is the only quarterback with playing experience. Freshman Gunnar Hoak of Dublin, Ohio will enroll for the spring semester and will be eligible to participate in spring practice.
- Stoops said he expects several transfers who had to sit out the 2015 season to provide immediate help. He singled out linebacker Courtney Love (Nebraska) and linebacker De’Niro Laster (Minnesota).