Video From Day 2 of Fall Camp: Neal Brown talks about UK’s offense and wide receivers

In this video from day two of Kentucky’s fall camp, offensive coordinator Neal Brown talks about how his offense performed, including some talk about the performance of his wide receivers.

The second year offensive coordinator mentions being excited about how his true freshman wideouts performed in their second practice, and also talked about liking the performance of the young red shirt offensive linemen.

Click the picture below to watch the interview with Neal Brown from earlier today:

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Breaking: Ohio offensive lineman picks Kentucky over Florida, West Va., Louisville & others

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Moments ago Kentucky added yet another member to its already stellar 2015 offensive line recruiting class in 6-foot-4, 310-pound George Asafo-Adjei. The West Chester Ohio native picked the Cats over offers from Florida, West Virginia, Illinois and Louisville among others. He’s ranked the 42nd best offensive guard in the country according to Rivals.com, and his commitment boosts Kentucky’s overall 2015 class ranking up to 22nd in the nation.

This is the 6th offensive line commitment that Kentucky has gotten in its 10 member 2015 recruiting class thus far. It appears that Mark Stoops is sending a strong message that offensive line is an area of emphasis for this year’s class. The other offensive line commitments in this year’s class are:

-Luke Hiers-6’3″, 290 lbs, FL

-Levon Livingston-6’7″, 270 lbs, D.C

-Logan Stenberg-6’6″, 327 lbs, AL

-Larry Wells-6’6″, 310 lbs, OH

-Mason Wolfe-6’5″, 299 lbs, KY

With size like that the future looks bright for Kentucky’s offensive line (which is an area that MUST improve if the team wants to be a serious contender in the SEC).

ESPN ranks UK defensive ends as two of the best in the SEC

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ESPN recently came out with a list of their top 10 SEC defensive ends for the 2014 season, and Kentucky’s ends–Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith–were among those chosen (which is quite a statement given the SEC’s reputation for talented defensive linemen).

From ESPN.com:

“4. Bud Dupree, Sr., Kentucky: Having successfully made the transition from outside linebacker to end last season when Mark Stoops and his staff arrived, the 6-4, 267-pound Dupree has finished in the top 10 in the SEC in sacks each of the past two seasons.  He’s the essence of consistency and has made at least three tackles in each of the 26 games he’s started in his college career.

10. Za’Darius Smith, Sr., Kentucky: The other half of Kentucky’s talented end tandem, the 6-6, 264-pound Smith made a big impact a year ago after coming over from junior college.  He finished with six sacks and had a sack or tackle for loss in six games.  Junior college players typically make a big jump in their second year in the program, which means Smith could easily take off in 2014.”

Here’s how the rest of the list looks:

1. Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida

2. Trey Flowers, Sr., Arkansas

3. Markus Golden, Sr., Missouri

4. Bud Dupree, Sr., Kentucky

5. Carl Lawson, So., Auburn

6. Shane Ray, Jr., Missouri

7. Danielle Hunter, Jr., LSU

8. C.J Johnson, Jr., Ole Miss

9. Jonathan Allen, So., Alabama

10. Za’Darius Smith, Sr., Kentucky

 

 

Offensive coordinator Neal Brown says UK’s quarterback play will be “considerably better” this season

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No matter who ends up winning the starting job at quarterback for Kentucky this fall, offensive coordinator Neal Brown is confident that the play of UK’s signal-caller will be “considerably better.”

“I think the No. 1 thing is we’re better at that position,” Brown said last week prior to his appearance at the Kentucky Football Coaches Association clinic in Danville.  “We’re going to be considerably better at that position than we were a year ago no matter who the starter is.  I think all three of the guys that went through the spring got better.  That’s probably the thing that I’m most excited about is fundamentally we just got a lot better.  Decision-making, fundamentally, we’re a lot more active with the football.”

The main competitors in the quarterback competition for UK heading into the summer are sophomore Patrick Towles, redshirt freshman Reese Phillips, and grayshirt freshman Drew Barker, and Brown seemed to be pleased with the improvement shown by all three:

“Looking back at it, I think Reese Phillips probably had the most consistent spring, day in, day out in practice.  Towles had the best spring game.  He performed when the lights were on the best, and that carries some weight for sure.  And then Barker, he really did some good things, especially being a year behind those guys.  Those guys had a spring and a fall, and this is the first time he went out there and practiced 15 times, and he’s right there nipping at their heels,” Brown said.

Brown also stated that the competition is far from over, and that he’s hoping to see improvement made by the players over the summer:

“We’re just going to have better play,” he said.  “And that’s the reason we didn’t name a starter.  We wanted to carry it through the summer and see if these guys can make the same type of improvements they made during the winter, if they can make that over the summer.”

Kentucky fans should take comfort in those words, because the offensive coordinator isn’t one to mince words or sugar coat things when he thinks something is good or bad.  He’s also seen his share of great college quarterbacks during his playing and coaching days at Kentucky and Texas Tech, so it’s safe to say he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to quarterback play.