LEXINGTON, KY. (WDRB) – Neal Brown couldn’t do it. Neither could Shannon Dawson. Apparently turning around the UK offense was simply too great for one man.
Maybe that’s why Mark Stoops recently decided to turn the job of UK offensive coordinator over to two men. Those men, assistant head coach Eddie Gran and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw were introduced to the media today in Lexington. They were serve as co-offensive coordinators this season.
“When I started looking for an offensive coordinator, the first thing (I) do is look at the statistics and just get a feel for what you want to do,” said Stoops.
What the pair did was make Cincinnati an offensive powerhouse. Last season, the Bearcats finished sixth nationally in the FBS in yards per game.
“We have a system,” said Gran, who will do the play calling.”(It’s) one that we feel like is a great system. We’re going to go 800 miles per hour.”
Hinshaw called the opportunity a dream job true.
“It’s as close to the NFL as you can get without being there.”
Hinshaw and Gran have their work cut out for them. They take over a Wildcats team that finished fourth to last in total years and fifth to last in points per game in the SEC. Gran said that’s going to change.
“Physical, toughness, effort, discipline, pride – all those things that you have up on the board,” said Gran. “I know it sounds cliché, but that’s what we’re going to be and we have to be especially in this league.”
Stoops was emotional in Monday’s press conference and defensive when asked if this could be a make it or break it year for the program.
“It’s going to take a lot to get me out of here,” said Stoops, whose program has finished a win shy of a bowl game the last two years. “I am excited and energetic and ready to go. I really feel good about these guys and where we are headed.”
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