Nothing can get an offensive coordinator's heart pumping faster than knowing he's got three redshirt freshman offensive linemen in the game at the same time.
Change that to nearly pounding outside his chest when it's their first road game and it's against a Southeastern Conference opponent that was among the top defensive teams in the country last season.
But Kentucky's Neal Brown didn't require a cardiologist at The Swamp even though four redshirt offensive linemen played against Florida last week, at certain points three in together at the same time.
"Actually, we had them in on a scoring drive," Brown said mildly a few days later. "I was pleased."
It wasn't necessarily a situation Brown and offensive line coach John Schlarman would have drawn up, but injuries necessitated it.
With regular starter Zach West out with neck pain, the Cats relied on walk-on redshirt offensive lineman Cole Mosier to play every snap at left guard, as did right guard Ramsey Meyers, another redshirt freshman.
When senior left tackle Darrian Miller went down with a stinger, UK had to move over junior Jordan Swindle and fill in with redshirt freshmen Kyle Meadows and then Nick Haynes (who played some left tackle).
"For a long time, we were playing with some guys that (have) very limited experience and again, they fought their tails off," Coach Mark Stoops said after the three-overtime loss in Gainesville.
Even after he looked at the game with a remote in his hand, Stoops was pleased with the offensive line that gave up just two sacks and six tackles for loss in that extended game.
"They did some good things and really grew up quite a bit, so I was quite pleased with how they fought and how they played."
Seeing the production from all of those redshirt freshmen made Schlarman feel better.
"We came out of there with our quarterback in one piece, which was good," he joked. "Heck, we had times in that game where we protected as well as we had all year at certain times."
It doesn't mean there weren't mistakes made, but Schlarman said the future looks bright if those guys can do their jobs in that pressure-packed environment.
"A couple of things they could've done better, just like everyone else out there, but I was proud of their effort, I was proud of how physical they played," he said. "They've just got to keep working on the little things."
The guy whose heart should've beat the fastest when he saw the youth lined up in front of him at times in The Swamp didn't flinch when asked about it later.
"I trust every person that Coach Schlarman trusts to throw out there," quarterback Patrick Towles said. "I trust Coach Schlarman. So every guy out there, I'm not worried about."
I like to know how the sausage is made.
Call it a personality flaw and a job asset.
So I found it especially interesting a couple of weeks back when Stoops talked about how much time he spends with the defense and how little time he spends on the offensive side of the ball.
Fans can see it every game when the longtime defensive coordinator turned head coach is not in the offensive huddle during timeouts or before the starts of series.
That's by design, Stoops said.
"You've got to go where you can help," he said.
"Neal's great and I do my best to let him do his job, because I can get over there and start having my mentality and tweak things," he said. "I don't want there to be any reason for failure."
It was a similar situation with Coach Tommy Tuberville when Brown was the offensive coordinator under him at Texas Tech.
"For the most part, he kind of lets us do our thing," UK's offensive coordinator said of Stoops. "And I appreciate that. He's given me a lot of autonomy. I trust him wholeheartedly. When he tells me to do something, I do it and don't hesitate."
Stoops has been good for bouncing ideas off of, Brown said.
"We do a lot of similar things coverage-wise compared to what Florida does," Brown said. "So (Stoops is) good about giving input, especially when I ask. If he has ideas, he comes to me."
Last season, Brown mentioned that it was a plus to have a defensive mind like Stoops around.
"I ask him a lot of questions," Brown said. "When he pops into our meeting rooms, I'll say, 'OK, hey, you've watched us quite a bit now, where do you see our weaknesses, how would you attack our protection? Does this give you problems? There's a lot of those questions. That's been a big benefit to me."
The times when Stoops does have some involvement with the offense during games is when he wants the offense to slow down a bit to make sure the defense doesn't get gassed.
UK's offensive coach tries to pay close attention to what's going on with the Cats' defense, too.
"If we're struggling, I'm not necessarily gonna tempo a whole lot, or if the defense just had a long drive," Brown said. "I think you can't just get locked in on your side of the ball."
After asking about Stoops' hands-off nature with the offense, he was asked about how hands on he is with the defense, especially since he's coached for so many years with coordinator D.J. Eliot.
Stoops said Eliot is in charge of the "day to day" and that he works out the details.
But a defensive guy is always going to be a defensive guy, Stoops admitted.
"Of course, I'm heavily involved," he said. "I was late getting over (to the news conference) because I couldn't get out of there, for the defensive meeting," Stoops said. "I'm very much involved, but he's doing very well organizing it all."
Often lost in the shuffle of the day-to-day football coverage are tidbits and comments from coaches about the state of the program.
On a recent Southeastern Conference teleconference, Stoops was asked about the amount of turnover in his program since he was hired in December of 2012.
More than 65 percent of the team is new since Stoops took over. More than half of the 26 players in the 2012 recruiting class are now gone through attrition, transfers or dismissals. Nine of the 25 players from the 2011 class are no longer with the program.
Stoops noted that some of that is common when there is a coaching change. Some of it "quite frankly needed to happen.
"We expected to compete in this great conference, and we needed to get SEC-caliber players in here," he continued. "Sometimes that's a hard truth, but it's the truth."
The head coach said he can't help but feel good about the direction the program despite having to play so many young players at key positions.
"We believe we have some very talented young players that need to grow up in a hurry," he said. "It's awfully difficult to expect those guys to come in and win some of these tough games, but hey, we're not alone. There's a lot of people that have a lot of issues.
"So it is what it is. We feel good about the direction of the program. We know we're a work in progress, but we know we're headed in the right direction."
It sounds like the players who have stayed on the roster through the coaching changes and other transitions have pleased their head coach.
Stoops admitted he's been pleased by how many high-level players Kentucky has been able to redshirt in the past two seasons, especially on the offensive and defensive lines where players generally need to gain some strength before being tossed into SEC play.
"It was nice that some of our upperclassmen really worked hard and improved, and we needed them to," he said. "We're not perfect, but we have a bunch of guys that have bought in and worked extremely hard and our players that were here have improved."