New Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown is getting settled in on campus and hitting the recruiting trail for the WIldcats selling his version of the high powered Air Raid. To give recruits a sneak preview of what to expect, he told them to take a look at this video.
Talking with the media yesterday, Brown explained that the entire offensive system will be installed within the first three days of spring practice. Then when he hits the road for recruiting, the quarterbacks will be able to learn the finer points of the offense within a two to three week span by watching film. By the time he gets back, they'll be able to hit the ground running.
Brown added that their style of play works so well because of the tempo that they've paired it with and it also makes recruiting skill players seem really easy.
“I think what it does, the tempo really affects people. The second thing that happens is when you spread the field out, skill people, there is a bigger – and I’m trying to think of how to put this – the skill people are easier to recruit. There’s not a great deal of difference between the No. 1 wide receiver in the country and the No. 25 wide receiver in the country. There is not that much difference at all. We can recruit a lot of good skill people, put them in space and make people tackle in space. I think that’s the No. 1 thing.” Brown said.
One of the first things that he did when he got on campus was to take a look at the offensive side of the ball and examine any off the field issues that guys that he's inherited may have had. That's something that he's always done.
“I’ll say this as a whole – and I can only speak on my side of the ball – the first couple things that I always do when you go into a new situation is you want to see if there have been any off-field issues, which they’ve been very, very few, you want to see where the group stands academically. These kids are in great shape academically. I think that’s a strong sentiment to the last coaching staff.”
Pretty good advice.