It had been a long, hot practice, but the day wasn't done quite yet.
The Kentucky offense still had a job to do: get the running back into the end zone three straight times against the first-team defense in short yardage situations.
It didn't take long.
Three straight times, UK's running back pushed his way into the end zone behind what coaches say is a bigger, stronger offensive line.
"We want to be able to be physical when we need to be," quarterback Patrick Towles said. "When the defense knows we're gonna run, we still need to be able to run."
If new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson had any big question marks going into fall camp, it was whether or not UK could line up and get those hard yards when it had to have them.
Throughout fall camp, through drill after drill, those question marks have been erased for Dawson.
"I feel comfortable in the fact that if we have to grind out some wins and grind out some yards, I think we can do it," he said after a recent practice. "I think we have the mentality up front. I think we have the guys up front."
It's been the most physically demanding training camp the offensive line has been through, position coach John Schlarman said. There's been a strong emphasis on establishing the run.
The situation like the one at the end of practice a couple of weeks back hasn't been uncommon. The coaches, specifically Dawson, have made sure the Cats' offensive line has been tested.
"We put them in certain scenarios basically where the defense knows it's run, and we've still gotta be able to pop two, three yards in there to keep the drive alive or score a touchdown," Schlarman described. "We've done it all training camp."
These scenarios are all born out of the idea that there will come a time when UK's offense is going to be covered well and have to run the ball right at an opponent.
"At some point, we're gonna have to get a yard, we're gonna have to get two yards," Dawson said. "You can't do that if you haven't been practicing it from day one and preaching it from day one."
The practice has made it more perfect, but the Kentucky offensive line has some other things going for it, too.
Four of the Cats' five starters are back and they're a bigger, stronger group overall.
It's hard to quantify strength and weight, the Kentucky players said, but there has been an effort since head coach Mark Stoops was hired to beef up the offensive line.
The average weight of the five main starting linemen in Stoops' first season was 291.4 pounds. Last season, it was 304.8 pounds.
If the starting five on Saturday in the opener versus Louisiana-Lafayette is Jordan Swindle, Zach West, Jon Toth, Ramsey Meyers and George Asafo-Adjei (whom Swindle said "has the strength of a fifth-year senior"), the average weight of those players is 313.8 pounds, more than 22 pounds heavier than the first season starters.
"We've been making huge strides in the offseason, getting stronger," Toth said, noting that almost the entire line stuck around to work out in May even when it wasn't mandatory. "We needed to make up some ground there and we wanted to be stronger."
The average weight of the three main backups Nick Haynes, Kyle Meadows and Cole Mosier is right up there, too, at 313.6 pounds.
You can look down the line and see a difference, Swindle said.
"You've got all of us who have been here a long time and we've grown our strength tremendously," he said. "I see progress in myself and my close buddies, but it's hard to measure."
Recruiting and developing has led to what Schlarman calls the most depth of any line he's had at Kentucky, with 10 players who are likely to rotate in and out, including Zach Myers and Bunchy Stallings.
Haynes and Mosier both have cross-trained at various spots on the line, with Haynes mostly on the left side at the guard and tackle spots and Mosier at those spots on the right side.
"We've got 10 guys that we can go out there and win ball games with," Schlarman said. "And that's a good thing."