Lost in the madness with Matt's early morning guest was Tom Leach's second-hour superstar, new Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. After digesting the spring game over the last ten days, Gran talked about a successful start to his tenure with 15 solid spring practices.
"I was pleasantly surprised with how well they picked it up."
Eddie Gran's new pro-style system brings completely new terminology and a new, pad-popping running style to the offense. They picked up things well during the three-day install period, with limited setbacks. Near the end of spring ball they added a few kinks to the system he did \n't expect to get to until the summer.
Luckily, he's got a good group inside. "It's a really smart group, " allowing for Gran to put in some pulling packages for the offensive guards.
"What he did was grow."
Drew Barker consistently improved upon his game. Even though he struggled early on with decision-making and ball security, once he learned more of the offense, things started coming naturally.
"I'm really excited where he is right now," Gran said. "All 15 practices he worked to get better. He was a sponge with Coach (Darin) Hinshaw."
"It was crazy that he threw that one where he threw it."
Gran was proud of the way Barker bounced back during the spring game. After throwing an interception late in the second quarter, back responded by leading a two-minute drive that finished with a 'crazy' throw.
"Absolutely huge. We always talk about recovering and short term memory. You have to do that. And when you get into the red zone, everything changes. You have to flip the switch, the windows become smaller -- the throws, the catches -- everything you do."
A Little Name Dropping
Mark Richt, Chuck Pagano, Lane Kiffin and Bobby Petrino were a few names he threw into the mix when elaborating on how his style has progressed throughout the various stops of his lengthy coaching career.
Achieving Spring Game Goals
They did what they came to do:
"We were out there to make sure that nobody got hurt. We were out there to look right, like a dang football team. We were out there to see if we've gotten better and I think that's what we did."
"When the bullets start flying"
Gran used his favorite phrase on himself, rather than how one of his players' reacts to said bullets. It's taken some time for him to figure out the play-calling thing, but after three years of trial and error at Cincinnati, he's ready to roll.
On how they script plays, their summer goals and more, listen below.