For better or for worse, when things went wrong on special teams last season, there was one name that fans discussed: coordinator Craig Naivar.
A shuffling of staff and responsibility this offseason now means there will be plenty of blame to go around if things go awry, but head coach Mark Stoops anticipates a seamless special teams transition.
When Naivar left for Houston, Stoops opted to move away from the traditional setup of a solo special teams coordinator and moved to a distribution of duties.
Outside linebackers coach Andy Buh, who was hired after Naivar left, will handle much of the special teams game planning, coverage units and the specialists.
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But he'll have plenty of help with Stoops regularly in the room and wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord handling kickoff returns and secondary coach Derrick Ansley managing punt returns.
"Every phase (of special teams) is a little bit different," Stoops said. "I'm so confident in these coaches and what they can do that I wanted to put more on them. ... I know the passion and the way they coach and I like that."
The split duty method gave Stoops a chance to hire an outside linebackers coach as the Cats shifted to a more multiple defense, and it eliminated some of the extra workload put on a special teams coordinator like previous ones Bradley Dale Peveto and Naivar.
Stoops recalled Peveto leaving the defensive coaches' room and joking about going to his second job to coach special teams.
"Get here at 4 in the morning or stay late, whatever he had to do," Stoops said of coaches like Peveto and Naivar.
Enter Mainord and Ansley.
It's a non-traditional approach to handling special teams, where nationally the trend is to have one designated coordinator.
Only two other schools in the Southeastern Conference don't list an official special teams coordinator.
At Georgia, there's a defensive special teams coordinator (Mike Ekeler) and an offensive special teams coordinator (John Lilly).
At Missouri, there's a designated "special teams analyst," which is not a full-time coach. Coach Gary Pinkel has never had an official special teams coach, but divvies the responsibilities up among five or six assistants, similar to how Stoops is doing it now.
Kentucky's Mainord, who will handle kickoff returns, has been on staffs where the duties have been split and he's a fan.
"It's very refreshing," Mainord said. "They get different voices and they get different people and it gives us as coaches an opportunity across the board to coach other positions and coach other people. It helps us build relationships with those guys.
"We're all in this together. Whatever we're running, we're all in there together anyway, and they're hearing some things from all of us. It's a joint effort and we're using each other's opinion and we value each other's opinion."
Buh, who works with Stoops to plan practices for the special teams groups, has been happy with how staff splits have worked at previous stops, mentioning his role as kickoff return coach on Bret Bielema's staff at Wisconsin.
"Early in my career, we all divided the special teams and then in the latter part of my career, we've had special teams coordinators everywhere," Buh said. "Doesn't mean it's wrong or right, just the way you do it.
"Everybody has a piece of it, so there's more emphasis and more detail into it."
Buh developed a special affinity for that part of the game while working with gurus like John Baxter at Fresno State and D.J. Durkin at Stanford.
"I've always had a piece of the special teams my entire career and, really, I love the special teams," Buh said.
The most important special teams advice he's received is to keep schemes simple and effective, Buh said.
"Reduce the field to a one-on-one matchup, get the right matchup on the field and win that matchup," he said. "Let the kids play as fast as they can, as hard as they can and don't let them worry about anything. Make them technique-sound, give them the tools to win that one-on-one battle and send them out there to let them play."
The most pressure-packed positions might belong to Ansley and Mainord as UK tries to jump-start its relatively quiet return game the past few seasons.
The Cats have not had a punt returned for a touchdown since Randall Cobb did it in 2010 and it was the season before that the last time a UK player (Derrick Locke) returned a kickoff for a score.
Kentucky is the only SEC school that hasn't returned a kickoff or a punt for a score since 2011.
It's a stat that no doubt frustrates Stoops.
"We need to make some explosive plays in the return game," he said on Media Day.
"We need to look at a lot of guys. We feel like we're getting more and more playmakers in there. I feel like kick returning, we're going to have a lot of options. Punt returns is the one that we have to shore up."
Some names being batted around on punt return include receivers T.V. Williams, Ryan Timmons, Garrett Johnson, true freshman running back Sihiem King and even defensive back Mike Edwards.
"We're going to put a lot of guys back there and see who comes out of that mix," Ansley said.
It's even more wide open on kickoff return duties, Mainord said.
"We have a group of guys we're going to put back there and see where they fit in," Mainord said. "It's not an overnight decision. We're just trying to mix and match. We've got a lot more athletes, a lot more speed out there. We'll see who's natural at it and go from there."
While there aren't names penciled in on the depth chart at punt return and kickoff return quite yet, Mainord is confident that this special teams group will benefit from having so many new voices in its room.
"I don't think you'll see any drop-off," he said of the staff shift. "I'm excited about it; I think the kids are, too."