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LEWIS | Cats looking for offensive firepower again Saturday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After an offensive explosion against the New Mexico State Aggies, the Kentucky Wildcats offense is looking for another big effort this Saturday against South Carolina.

“We're far from perfect,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said after Tuesday’s practice. “The first thing I said to them on Monday was if you think you've arrived we're in bad trouble. You'll get humbled in a heartbeat, and it'll be ugly.”

While the quarterback situation is still up in the air with Drew Barker’s back injury, backup Stephen Johnson could be at the ready again Saturday. The Cats can also focus on the ground game. UK is averaging more than 190 rushing yards per game. That’s 6th in the SEC.

Against NMSU, running backs Boom Williams and Benny Snell, Jr combined to rush for 317 yards and five touchdowns. Gran says the Cats could add to the rushing totals with Johnson or Barker, if he’s healthy.

“Our whole offense if based on (the quarterback running),” Gran said.

Kentucky hosts a South Carolina team that gives up more than 415 yards of offense per game, but has tightened up in the red zone, allowing just over 17 points per game.

“They are a good defense. The yards don’t mean jack. We can have 200 yards and 28 points -- I’d be fired up. This 400-600 yards stuff and you come out with 17 points, that’s bad ball,” Gran said.

Game time is set for 7:30pm at Commonwealth Stadium.

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