Brooks: Boyd must be more accurate

December 05, 2003|LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON - All season it was assumed that backup quarterback Shane Boyd would use the experience he got adjusting to Kentucky's new offensive system to move into the starting role in 2004.

But before that happens, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks says Boyd is going to have to improve his passing accuracy.

"In practice, Shane throws more accurately than he does in games," Brooks said. "We've got to get him in the same tempo of throwing the ball the same when the whistle sounds (in a game).

"Sometimes it's hard to simulate that in the off-season. During the spring we've got to have some situations that are live where he improves his accuracy."

Brooks also said those who think Kentucky's offense will dramatically change from this year if Boyd is the starter are wrong. The Wildcats will likely run the option more than they did with Jared Lorenzen to take advantage of Boyd's running ability, but UK won't become an option offense.


"We will tailor the plays we call in the offense to the athlete who is taking the snaps just like we did this year," Brooks said. "I am still baffled over the misconception that Jared was in an option offense. He ran a very small number (of option plays). Some were our best running plays.

"In Shane's situation, we pro-bably would run more because he is a better running quarterback. But we would still not run the option if it was not there. This is an offense, if it is reading defenses correctly, can take advantage of defensive alignments."

Brooks said redshirt freshmen Andre Woodson steadily improved during the season and will be given a chance to compete for the starting quarterback spot in spring practice.

The coach also plans to sign a quarterback, and recently Trinity's Brian Brohm, who was named Kentucky's Mr. Football on Wednesday, recently said he was told by Brooks that he could compete for the starting job next season if he signed with UK.

"We are definitely going to bring in a quarterback. That is one of the most important positions on the team, and we are not going to bring in someone who does not have a chance to compete either for the backup job or starting job," Brooks said.

Watching: Brooks will not be at the state high school championships in Louisville this weekend.

"Some of my staff will attend most of the championship games. We've already been out in the state (this week)," Brooks said. "I can't totally have my schedule fit all the playoff situations."

Brooks said he would be happy to see the state finals played at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington instead of in Louisville.

"We certainly have the facility for it. If it is a viable option, I certainly would be interested in supporting that move," Brooks said.

Help coming: Tight end is a position that Brooks says Kentucky must improve next year. However, he said he hopes two redshirt freshmen - Eric Scott and Dominic Lewis - can do that if a quality tight end cannot be recruited out of high school or junior college.

The Wildcats could also get help if junior college transfer Kurt Jackson, who had to be redshirted last season because of an injury, can get healthy.

"I am pretty pleased with the way Eric Scott developed. He is physical. He needs to reduce his body fat, but he's 265 and runs decently. As the year went on, he was one of best blockers of all our tight ends and he will help next year." Brooks said. "Dominic has moved from running back and can do a lot of things. He just needs a little more strength, but he has the physical tools to play the spot.

"If we can't recruit someone better than the ones we have returning, then we'll use that scholarship to upgrade another position."

Other redshirt freshmen Brooks expects to help next year are wide receivers Jacob Tamme and John Logan, linebacker Joe Schuler, safety Dallas Greer and cornerback Andre Jones.

Central Kentucky News Articles