Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran met with the media one last time before Saturday’s season opener with Southern Miss and discussed personnel, players being unselfish and how many running backs he can really use.
Junior college transfer Kayaune Ross, whom his coach affectionately calls “Godzilla,” already has caught three touchdowns in Kentucky’s two scrimmages. After missing nearly two seasons, the 6-foot-6 wide receiver is still figuring things out, but he could become a star.
Inheriting a high-scoring attack from a season ago, the pressure will be on new Southern Miss offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, who starts out the 2016 season facing the coach who fired him last year.
Former Covington Catholic and University of Kentucky star Luke Maile’s two-run homer in the seventh put Tampa Bay into a 3-3 tie and set up Evan Longoria’s game-winning solo shot in the eighth as the Rays rallied to beat the Red Sox 4-3 on Tuesday night in Boston.
Both former Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson and UK head coach Mark Stoops downplayed any potential drama of the fired coordinator now holding the same position at the Cats’ season-opening opponent.
LSU’s Les Miles, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin all enter 2016 with speculation about their job security. Meanwhile, Nick Saban’s dynastic Alabama program faces a brutal SEC road schedule
Former University of Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles, now at Boston College, said playing for the Cats “was like a dream come true.” But the pressure to succeed in Lexington was even greater than he anticipated.
For the second straight year, Green Bay Packers punter Tim Masthay retained his job by winning a one-on-one competition. The former University of Kentucky standout has been the team’s punter since 2010.
Wide receiver Dorian Baker has missed some time, but Coach Eddie Gran has been pleased with the offseason for the junior. The offensive coordinator had a lot of positive things to say about players including Jojo Kemp and Tavin Richardson, too.