LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky is in the middle of preparing for Tennessee and offensive players and coaches were available to talk after Tuesday evening’s practice.
Kickoff against the Volunteers is set for noon ET Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., and the game will be broadcast on SEC Network. Here’s what you need to know from the latest round of interviews.
What we learned
- Receivers Jeff Badet and Garrett Johnson turned the ball over for Kentucky’s offense on back-to-back possessions against Georgia. Badet said his drop that resulted in a Georgia interception is behind him. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said both receivers have moved on: “We had almost identical situations and they executed them perfect,” Gran said. “And that goes back to focus. We do it in practice and we can do it in games, so that was really good to see.”
- Freshman running back Benny Snell was given the ball on nine straight plays in Kentucky’s final drive last Saturday, but the Wildcats had to settle for a field goal that didn’t prove to be enough. Snell went over the 100-yard mark yet again but that final drive still bothers him: “Just getting to the goal line and not scoring,” Snell said. “That’s the type of thing that makes it hard to sleep at night.”
- Kentucky’s wildcat offense has been evolving and Gran said more wrinkles will be put in: “But, at the end of the day, they can only do so much to it and we can only do so much to it,” he said. Senior running back Jojo Kemp has been out two games in a row with a broken left hand, but Gran said he’s closer to returning and taking snaps out of the wildcat.
Watch: Eddie Gran interview
Quote of the day
Stephen Johnson on if his eyes get big when he sees man-to-man coverage on receiver Jeff Badet:
“Oh yeah. I mean, I think my eyes get huge anyway – I mean, I’ve just got really big eyes.
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