April 22nd, 2011 12:07 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Kentucky
Tags: Danny Trevathan, Rick Minter, UK, Winston Guy
New Kentucky defensive coordinator — technically “co-coordiator” — Rick Minter is teaching new plays, new schemes and new terms to the Wildcats this spring. This spring, the playbook has been the focus in Lexington.
“He’s teaching us like we’re at Yale or something,” linebacker Danny Trevathan told The Louisville Courier-Journal. According to Trevathan, Minter has already added as many as 30 new plays to UK’s defense.
Like most defenses these day, UK is going more multiple. They’ll operate out of a 4-3 base, but they’ll also shift to a 3-4 or a 4-2-5 depending on the situation. Learning the new schemes hasn’t been easy.
“It’s really difficult, I’m not going to lie,” safety Winston Guy said. “It’s a whole new defensive scheme, and a lot people were recruited here for a 4-3 scheme. Things are different, and you have to adapt to it.”
“Our playbook is thick,” Guy added.
Minter isn’t backing down. “I’d rather it be overload now, let them have a little time to digest over the summer, (then) refresh in the fall. Then when they hear it all for the second time after coming back in the fall, it’ll start to sink in better.”
At least that’s Minter’s hope.
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