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UK’s Gran says short tenure under Kiffin at Tennessee ‘one of the scariest times’ of his life

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran doesn’t remember much about his one-year tenure at Tennessee. Following 14 years on Tommy Tuberville’s staff at Auburn, Gran spent one season at Tennessee, a brief stint, that turned out to be “one of the scariest times” of his life. “I didn’t know anybody real well on that staff.” said Gran, who...

Now healthy, UK quarterback Wilson ‘locked in’ going into season opener at No. 8 Auburn on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson has been in a zone this fall and hasn’t spent much time looking back. “I’ve just been really locked in, knowing my assignment and controlling what I can control and focusing on what I can focus on,” he said. “I’ve just been locked in and not thinking too much about Saturday, just taking it one day at a time and...

UK offense concentrates on execution in red zone as season opener at Auburn inches closer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eddie Gran wants to see more from Kentucky’s offense in the red zone as the Wildcats inch closer to the season opener at Auburn on Sept. 26. “We’re trying some different things as well,” said Gran, UK’s offensive coordinator. “We want to score touchdowns. Field goals aren’t going to get it done in this league, at this level. We need to be better. We’re...

UK season opener at Auburn set for noon kickoff on Sept. 26; Wildcats meet Ole Miss at home on Oct. 3

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The game times for three of Kentucky’s first four football games have been set. The Wildcats will kick off the season at noon on Sept. 26 at Auburn and will be televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky’s home opener against Ole Miss on Oct. 3 is set for 4 p.m. and also will be televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky’s players are looking forward to the delayed season...

Kentucky’s offense installed; Cats wasting no time preparing for season’s Sept. 26 opener at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is wasting no time preparing for the upcoming season. “Since I’ve been here, this is the fastest we’ve installed (our offense),” Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “We just finished five practices and we didn’t slow down. We’ve went through all five installs (of our offense). That’s never happened here.” Although the Wildcats got...

UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says Cats’ succes a testament to players, staff buying in

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Moments before he spoke to the media following Kentucky’s 45-13 win over rival Louisville last Saturday, Lynn Bowden Jr., hugged Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran in a show of gratitude and appreciation. Gran is used to embraces from his players but this one was special, and it came after the Wildcats rushed for a school-record 517 yards rushing, shattering...

Ky. coach Mark Stoops hoping Cats can avoid past mistakes in Saturday’s matchup against E. Michigan

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Eastern Michigan visited Kroger Field, the Eagles took Kentucky down to the wire before the Wildcats escaped with a 24-20 triumph. Mark Stoops wants to avoid a repeat performance Saturday night. “They gave us one heck of a game a couple of years ago, so we know they’re another good football team from the (Mid-American Conference) — very well-coached,...

University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says philosophy more about team than scheme

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eddie Gran’s first season as offensive coordinator at Kentucky proved to a learning experience for the longtime coach. “I learned more that year about humility,” Gran recalled last week. “It’s about team. It’s about wins. Is it not still about winning the game?” Although he had coached in the Southeastern Conference, including a stints at Ole Miss,...

‘Great challenge’ awaits Stoops, Wildcats in Southeastern Conference opener at Florida

A.J. Rose rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Kentucky’s 35-20 win over Central Michigan last Saturday at Kroger Field. The Wildcats take on Florida at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Gainesville. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s decades-long losing streak to Florida nearly ended last season. It took a last-second touchdown aided by a defensive error in the...

Gran: Former walk-on receiver Bouvier most valuable player of Kentucky football training camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If training camp ended this week, David Bouvier would be considered Kentucky’s Most Valuable Player. Bouvier, a former standout at Lexington Catholic High School who earned a scholarship Monday night, has been one of the Wildcats’ most consistent receivers and it’s not even been close if you ask Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “You want to talk about...

UK QB race heats up as Wilson, Hoak battling for starting job

Transfer Terry Wilson smiles during a photo shoot during the team’s Media Day last week at Kroger Field. Wilson is battling to become the team’s starting signal caller. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops may play two quarterbacks this season. He may stick to one signal caller depending on who emerges as the top quarterback during...

Barbasol Championship: LPGA star Lincicome set to compete in first PGA event

Brittany Lincicomi will become the fifth female to play in a PGA Tour sanctioned event when she competes in the Barbasol Championship set for this week at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. (LPGA Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brittany Lincicome will be among the guys when the Barbasol Championship tees off Thursday at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. Although a regular on...

UK Football: Finishing, more consistency a top priority for Cats in moving forward

Kentucky running back Benny Snell will be among the top returnees for the Wildcats next season and will be counted on to carry the load for the team’s offense. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has proven it belongs in the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference with back-to-back postseason appearances during the past two years. For the second straight season,...

Full speed ahead: Cats will be running on a full tank against struggling SEC foe Missouri Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The tank is full and Kentucky is prepared to empty it against Missouri Saturday before refueling for the second half of the season during next week’s open date. The Wildcats (4-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) begin a stretch of six straight league games against the struggling Tigers, who are coming off a much-needed bye week following three consecutive setbacks. UK...

Stoops, Wildcats are eager to continue winning ways following Florida letdown

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops doesn’t want his team to change much going into Saturday aftenoon’s contest against Eastern Michigan. Coming off a disappointing 28-27 loss to Florida last week, Stoops wants the Wildcats to take the same approach that led to three straight victories and a near-upset of the Gators. Stoops is confident the Wildcats will rebound from last week’s setback...

Kentucky aims to make simple better ahead of SEC opener at South Carolina

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Although Kentucky didn’t put a dent in the scoreboard in a 27-16 win over Eastern Kentucky in its home opener last weekend, the Wildcats made strides, especially offensively. “I think the best thing we saw is that we executed,” Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said earlier this week. “We got a little bit better on third down. We were one-for-one in the...

Back from injury, Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker could see action in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Drew Barker didn’t emerge as Kentucky’s starting quarterback following preseason workouts, but that doesn’t mean the junior signal caller won’t just stand on the sideline with a clipboard in the season opener. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Barker could see some action at Southern Mississippi Saturday against the Golden Eagles, who defeated the Wildcats 44-35...

Cats grasp Gran’s expanded playbook during camp, adjust to faster tempo ahead of season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran wasn’t afraid to increase the team’s workload during preseason workouts and the players responded in positive fashion. Because of the familiarity and continuity between the coaches and players, Gran installed a faster tempo going into his second season with the Wildcats. For just the second time in Mark Stoops’ tenure as...

Kentucky’s freshman receivers pushing veterans for playing time in fall camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A year ago, it was Benny Snell who made an immediate impact upon his arrival in the Kentucky backfield. Although no running backs have made the same impression during fall camp, a core of freshman wide receivers have been impressive during the first two weeks workouts. Newcomers Lynn Bowden, Isaiah Epps, Josh Ali, Clevan Thomas and Javonte Richardson have caught the attention...

After struggling last season, UK QB Johnson making strides in short, intermediate passing game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Stephen Johnson hasn’t lacked in confidence since fall workouts began and is delving deeper into the team’s play book. Johnson showed an ability to throw the deep ball last season, but struggled with the short passing game, an area of emphasis for the senior quarterback going into the second week of training camp. “(He’s) hitting those (intermediate passes) better,...