The Kentucky Wildcats’ QB battle this fall was already going to be an interesting one to follow.
However, due to a new story from Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, the competition and excitement is heating up.
One of the nation’s top college football writers released a piece profiling Penn State transfer and new Kentucky QB Will Levis and his year-long transformation with one of the sport’s top biomechanics experts.
When Levis first emerged as a transfer option for the Cats, the BBN went nuts over a video showing the 6-3 QB’s arm strength.
The problem that Levis faced was accuracy to go along with the arm strength. Penn State offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca had this same problem at Minnesota with Tanner Morgan.
In his first year as the starter at Minnesota, Morgan completed just 58% of his passes. However, in year two Morgan completed 66% of his passes and threw for over 3,000 yards.
The man responsible for the huge turnaround for Morgan was biomechanics expert Rob Williams.
In 2020, Ciarrocca recommended Levis to Williams and for the last year Levis has been working remotely with Williams exchanging video footage to break down issues with Levis’ throwing mechanics.
Williams compared Levis to a muscle car that had plenty of power but needed to tune his suspension, steering, and brakes. Levis himself can see the difference after working with Williams.
“I definitely think that there’s more jump to it,” Levis said of his throws. “I can tell from the feeling and result-wise with the efficiency of it and that it has definitely gotten even more velocity and acceleration than before.”
Williams made slight changes to the throwing motion of Levis allowing for more accurate passes as the QB looks to be the reason Kentucky’s previously poor passing attack changes for the better under new offensive coordinator Liam Coen.
Feldman goes into a lot of detail about the exact changes that Williams make to Levis’ mechanics which you can read about here.