Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson will spend plenty of time devising a game plan for Saturday when the Wildcats face Missouri, but part of that doesn’t involve any special schematic ideas.
He wants his players to loosen up a little.
Dawson feels that part of Kentucky’s struggles in a 14-9 loss to Florida this past weekend was its own doing.
“We wanted to show Big Blue Nation to the world in the worst way possible — coaches and players — and we failed,” Dawson said, according to Jen Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
“We failed because we just tried too damn hard. In a way we’ve got to play a lot looser. That’s just offensive football. That’s just the way it is offensively. If you go out there and you try to force things and you try to play tight it’s not going to work.”
Quarterback Patrick Towles completed 8-of-24 passes and was sacked six times. While the defense gave the Wildcats a chance to win, it was the chances the offense missed on that became a defining problem against the Gators.
A bright spot for the Wildcats was running back Stanley “Boom” Williams, who had 80 yards on 16 carries against a stout Gators defense. The 16 attempts was a season-high, and Williams has 40 in three games.
Finding ways to get the ball to Williams, who has emerged as Kentucky’s top offensive weapon, will be a priority moving forward but Dawson warned of fighting the urge to ride him too much.
“He can’t sit there and play every snap. The guy’s not a Nintendo guy. He gets tired,” Dawson said. “He’s got a human body. We’d hand it to him every time if we could, I promise you. The kid’s a great player, but he gets tired, too, and we’ve got three other guys that are playing at a high level, too.”
Full transcript of what Kentucky QB Patrick Towles had to say today: "I think sometimes you can want it too much." http://t.co/KuYX3v8Yxa
— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) September 22, 2015