Kentucky is on the move, thanks in part to new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.
Coach Mark Stoops hired Dawson from West Virginia, where he served as the Mountaineers’ offensive coordinator the past three seasons.
Kentucky hasn’t transformed into an offensive powerhouse, but the Wildcats are 3-1 after victories over South Carolina and Missouri.
“I’ve been very pleased with where we’re headed and what we’re doing,” coach Mark Stoops said when asked if he’s achieving what he wanted with Dawson as offensive coordinator. “I think Shannon (Dawson) has been a great fit.”
Running back Stanley “Boom” Williams ended last season with 486 rushing yards and five touchdowns. JoJo Kemp finished with 323 yards and four touchdowns.
Williams already has 343 yards on 7.3 yards a carry and Kemp has 200 yards through four games under Dawson.
Quarterback Patrick Towles is playing with confidence after rebounding from a poor outing against Florida to a strong performance in Kentucky’s win over Missouri.
West Virginia ran a lot of successful plays under Dawson, but he also had All-American receivers Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Kevin White with the Mountaineers.
The Wildcats aren’t there yet, but Dawson has them on their way.
Stoops: "I've been very pleased in where we're headed and what we're doing offensively." Says Shannon Dawson has been "a great fit."
— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) September 30, 2015