Kentucky's coach isn't exactly reinventing the wheel.
But he has tinkered with it some trying to get where he wants to go a little faster.
Working with the high-performance staff, UK's Mark Stoops altered the Cats' practice schedule a bit this season, doing light walkthroughs on Thursdays and using a quick, intense practice on the day before a game.
"We have seen what we've wanted to see," high-performance coach Erik Korem said of the schedule switch to a heavier day of practice just ahead of the game. "The same guys a year later are faster on game day than they were a year ago."
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For the past couple of years, Stoops and Korem have been skeptical of the adage that players need to get off their feet before a game so they can be full strength once the lights come on.
It didn't make much sense to them.
"You basically go from Thursday to Saturday without doing anything and the central nervous system, which really drives motor behavior and output, falls asleep," Korem explained.
UK offensive lineman Jordan Swindle knows exactly what Korem means.
"When you take a day off and the next day's a big game, your body gets kind of used to laying around," the junior said. "So if you don't get out and do something, then your body wants to be lethargic and not do as much."
American football is the only sport in the world that does nothing the day before a game, Korem explained.
Track and field, where he got his start, has athletes out warming up and doing block starts the day before the world championships.
So Korem called friends and colleagues at places like Oregon and the Philadelphia Eagles, which have adopted back-loaded schedules, and gathered more information.
Then Stoops and his high-performance guru went about tailoring a schedule to UK's needs. The goal was to make the players as fast as they can be on game day while cramming in as much football instruction as possible during the week.
Anecdotal evidence suggests the schedule switch has helped Kentucky get off to faster starts and play faster in general this season.
Including the loss at South Carolina, the Cats got behind in nine of their 12 games last season, acquiescing big leads to Missouri (fell behind 28-3), Georgia (21-0 ), Tennessee (20-0), Florida (21-7), and Mississippi State (21-7).
Kentucky would've liked a faster start against the Gamecocks last season, too.
South Carolina, which comes to Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, scored touchdowns on each of its first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead before UK fought back to within six points.
This season, Kentucky has outscored opponents 72-10 in the first half and 35-0 in first quarters.
"I've felt like we've played fast and that was the objective," Stoops said of the adjustment. "I felt like we were fresh and played fast in each game. ... I feel like it's given us what we want."
The Cats' defense has forced opponents to punt on their first possession of every game this season.
The offense has seen a big surge, too.
"I don't want to jinx ourselves, but we've scored ... we haven't scored every first drive, but we've had productive drives at the start of the games," offensive coordinator Neal Brown said. "I think we're playing faster in the games."
So far it's to the tune of an average of 13.2 more plays per game than at this point last season.
"Before it was like 48 hours of not doing anything," wide receiver Demarco Robinson said. "We come out and try to run around a little bit. It's not anything long, just a high-intensity effort. I feel like it's helping a lot with us playing a lot faster."
The new schedule doesn't just get the blood flowing physically, it gets the mind focused on the game.
"It definitely gets you thinking about the game, it's right before we leave for the hotel, everybody always has a lot of energy, but we can't always use it on Fridays, so now it helps out a lot," Robinson explained.
Previously, UK would practice full speed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, then dial it back a little bit on Thursdays before doing almost nothing on Fridays.
That never made much sense to running backs coach Chad Scott, a former player.
"We'd never go as hard on Thursdays, at least in the past," Scott said. "We'd go medium tempo but not necessarily as hard. Then when you'd get off Friday, it's really too long to not do anything, so I think it's actually helped our guys from a mentality standpoint and it's eased their nerves also."
In many ways, it's like Kentucky has added an extra instructional day because of the way practices have been spaced out. That's especially helpful with so many young players.
"Get after it on Tuesday and Wednesday, then Thursday is really a walk-through — but you get a lot of reps in a walk-through setting — and then Friday is kind of a run-through," Brown said.
"Very short, but it's a run-through. It's more reps. It really works for where we're at as an offense, the young guys we're depending on and things like that."
Yes, there's a chance of injuring a player the day before a game, but those injuries could happen any day of practice, coaches said. At least one Philadelphia Eagles player, cornerback Cary Williams, said recently that the new schedule hasn't been great for him.
"When you don't have legs, period, it shows up in games, period," Williams told ESPN. "Throughout the game, period."
But Kentucky coaches said they haven't heard any complaints about the new schedule from their players. Korem thought the team looked fresh late in a three-overtime game at Florida.
It doesn't mean Kentucky won't tinker with the wheel a little bit each season. For now, though, Kentucky's getting where it wants to go.
"It seemed to work so far. It really has," Stoops said. "We'll see. Each week is a different test, but I've been pleased."