By Keith Taylor
The first preseason scrimmage wasn’t perfect, but Kentucky offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello isn’t worried heading into week two of camp.
“(I think at) training camp, you’re going to have your good days, they’re going to have their good days,” he said Tuesday. “I thought the defense definitely attacked us on Saturday. But we also had our days. I felt really good in training today and yesterday too. So I like where we are and I think we’re going in the right direction.
The road to success, Scangarello said, is in the trenches and begins with the offensive line, known as the “Big Blue Wall”.
“I still believe that to be good on offense you have to have good guys in the line room,” he said. “There is a long history of very good line play here. And I think the composition of the guys in this room is going to make the difference this season and help us get where we want to go.
Entering his first season with the Wildcats, Scangarello is happy with the composition of the team’s offensive lineup. He credits Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the coaching staff for building a talented team.
“They’ve really brought in really smart football players, guys who are football smart, guys who can learn, guys who, you know, you can prepare to do their job,” he said. “I believe combining that with a smart center, a smart quarterback, and then having these guys who can learn packages is the way we’re going to do it. And I think it’s an honor for the staff.
The team’s attack features a mix of veterans and newcomers, giving Scangarello plenty of options.
“You’ve got young guys and older guys and we’re honestly, like, it’s exciting,” he said. “You have guys with different types of traits. You have possession guys, speed guys, bigger guys, fast guys, you have slots, you have splitters.
“In this offense, you know, we move people around to incorporate ourselves. You don’t have to be the guy who can be rushed every time. We’re going to get moving and do different things to help the guys do what they do best. I think there’s a place for all these guys to contribute.
On the other hand, Scangarello is happy with his adjustment to college football after spending several seasons in the NFL.
“You have more time in the summer with your NFL players,” he said. “It’s a great feeling and I feel like by running a professional attack you can get that job done faster. You’re available for that limited amount of time where you can interact with them, but you’re able to build momentum, so things are no stranger to the spring release.
Keith Taylor is Kentucky Today’s sportswriter. Contact him at email@example.com and via Twitter at keithtaylor21