Brown con­fi­dent in ‘Air Raid’ at Ken­tucky

Austin American-Statesman - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

Neal Brown plans to bring the “Air Raid” of­fense to Ken­tucky. He said it won’t take long to in­stall the up-tempo, pass­ing at­tack, that it can be done quickly.

The Wild­cats’ new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor said Tues­day he will em­ploy the of­fense that helped Texas Tech’s of­fense rank in the top 15 na­tion­ally in his three sea­sons there.

Brown, hired Dec. 10, learned the nut­sand-bolts of the of­fense play­ing wide re­ceiver at Ken­tucky un­der coach Hal Mumme from 19982000. He adopted the phi­los­o­phy as a coach and helped Troy’s of­fense thrive with it for two years be­fore go­ing to the Red Raiders.

The Louisville na­tive faces a big chal­lenge with the Wild­cats, whose of­fense ranked next to last in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence this past sea­son at 315 yards per game.

Still, Brown is con­fi­dent Ken­tucky will turn it around. “It’s been done,” said the 32-year-old, who will also coach quar­ter­backs. “This pro­gram’s had a cou­ple of down years, but it also went through some of its strong­est pe­ri­ods with five or six bowls games in a row.”

Michi­gan: Quar­ter­back De­nard Robin­son pleaded guilty to driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense and re­mains el­i­gi­ble to play in the Out­back Bowl against South Carolina. A spokesman said Robin­son paid a fine and faces no ad­di­tional pun­ish­ment from the school.

Utah State: Ju­nior line­man Sini Tauau­vea was ar­rested af­ter the Ag­gies’ bowl vic­tory Satur­day on charges of misdemeanor bat­tery and tres­pass­ing. He is sched- uled to ap­pear in court Jan. 7.

Old Do­min­ion: Quar­ter­back Tay­lor Heinicke won the Wal­ter Pay­ton Award as the top of­fen­sive player in FCS.

North Dakota State: Craig Bohl, who has led the Bi­son to a re­peat ap­pear­ance in the na­tional ti­tle game, was named FCS na­tional coach of the year.

Kent State: Paul Haynes, for­merly de­fen- sive co­or­di­na­tor at Arkansas, was named the school’s new head coach, re­plac­ing Dar­rell Hazell.

San Jose State: Bay Area na­tive Ron Caragher, who spent the past six years at San Diego, was in­tro­duced as the school’s new head coach, re­plac­ing Mike MacIn­tyre.

Jack­sonville State: The school hired South Alabama de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Bill Clark as its new head coach.

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