We the media got our first chance to talk to new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown today. The former Boyle County star and former Texas Tech offensive coordinator met with the media at Wildcat Den and took questions for about 25 minutes.
I’ve split the video into three different clips. In this first clip, Brown talks about coming home to UK, where he played as a walk-on wide receiver before transferring to UMass. He talks about meeting new head coach Mark Stoops — “A high-energy guy, a great recruiter,” Stoops said — and the commitment Mitch Barnhart has made to football.
On the Air Raid offense now versus back when Brown played in Hal Mumme’s system at UK: “The base plays that you’re going to see on Saturday afternoon when Coach Mumme was here, those base plays are the same. – What we’ve done is we’ve made a more concerted effort to run the football. We’re playing at a faster pace and we’ve dressed those plays up with motion, with different formations. Those are the things that the fans are going to notice.”
On the quarterback situation: “Good problem. We’ve got three guys (Maxwell Smith, Patrick Towles, Jalen Whitlow) that can play quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. How we’re going to handle that, it’s going to be an open competition. All guys will split the reps spring, through the summer and into fall camp and we’ll see who the best man is.”
On hiring Chad Scott and John Schlarman on the offensive staff: “It’s always important when you go into a new situation to have people who not only know you personally but know what you want done. . . . They know what I want done and they can take it and run with it.”