Last season, we saw the Kentucky Wildcats offense be more of a power running team. That is understandable when you have almost a guaranteed four yards a carry with Benny Snell in the backfield.
However, that luxury is no longer on the team, and the offense will have to change their scheme in order to be successful.
We already know that the defense is likely to take a step back after the talent they lost from a year ago and now losing star safety Davonte Robinson. So naturally, the offense will have to put up more points.
Larry Vaught of vaughtsviews.com caught up with Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw to talk about the offense in 2019, and what he said may surprise you.
“Last year we were more about running the ball. We had a first-year quarterback with Terry Wilson and he only threw about 20 times a game. We are going to have to increase that this year to 35 to 40 times a game.”
Last season, Terry Wilson wasn’t the most successful passer, but he was 180/268 passing for 1889 yards and 11 touchdowns.
However, hearing what Hinshaw had to say tells me that they have a ton of confidence in Wilson and will be giving him more opportunity to make big plays this season with his arm.
Hinshaw notes that last season the recipe for winning was the ground game, but now it looks like Stoops is going to loosen the reins and let the offensive playbook expand.
Hinshaw also knows how close Kentucky is to breaking out and becoming a serious power in college football.
“We should have won 12 last year and 10 the year before. We are very close to making Kentucky great.”
And if they keep recruiting the way they have been, then they will achieve that goal sooner rather than later.