Brooks' favorite mantra is that no position is nailed down going into spring practice. It's reasonable to assume that going into the last week of spring practice, he didn't expect his quarterback situation to be in such a nebulous state.
Quarterback coach Randy Sander, in his private time probably says to himself, ‘man, this ain't no Tennessee.' There's no Peyton Manning or not even a Tee Martin at the present. So, jump on in coach, the water is deep – cold too!
Right now Andre Woodson and Curtis Pulley are embroiled in a quarterback battle where little distinction or separation is being created. Though Coach Sander is quick to say: "Right now with some of the injuries we have and no Keenan (Burton), (Jacob) Tamme, Rafael (Little), and Tony (Dixon) today, it is hard to make a true evaluation of who's going to give you the best chance to win. We don't have the other ten guys out there to see how good we can be. The quarterback is very dependant on the other guys and you pick at quarterback based on how good the rest of your guys are."
Some fans are still stuck in the Hal Mumme and Mike Leach mode of offense that was a phase that came and went at Kentucky and in the SEC. Sure teams throw the football a lot unlike in the nineties to now but surveying the SEC, it still comes down to running the football and stopping the run. Every team with the possible exception of Tennessee runs some option in there offense.
The Wildcats have a man, Curtis Pulley, who is squarely in competition for No. 1 and he has the ability to run the option. He is diligently working on becoming a passing threat. Whether he at some point in his career at UK will be able to stretch the field throwing the football is something everyone will be taking notice of.
Some Wildcat fans are hypothesizing the dreaded necessity of having two offenses if Pulley wins the job, given; the other three quarterbacks are drop-back types.
"You don't necessarily have two offenses." Coach Sander said. "They can both function in the passing game and the running game. You do things that are their strengths depending on who's in the game. When you have guys with two different strengths, you carry all that with you, but when they are in the game you try to call things that they are good at. You can't have two different offenses because those other ten guys out there, it makes it difficult."
Pulley knows he will have a lot to work on this summer and what are some are those? "I'll need to work on my footwork, try to get in the film room to get better, and try to get better working with the players." Pulley said.
Coach Sanders broke down the footwork aspect of a quarterback's game. He said: "A lot of the time, that is the thing that goes unnoticed with a quarterback because everybody gets so concentrated on how he throws the ball. However, a lot of the time the way you throws it is a direct result of your feet being in balance and getting your body lined up where you can drive your momentum to where you want the ball to go and not throwing off the back foot. That's probably the biggest thing I've worked with him on fundamentally this spring to give him a chance for success."
Interestingly, Keenan Burton can be seen on the sidelines this spring joshing with Pulley on what coverage the defense is in during a play being run on the field. Knowing the leadership of Burton, that joshing is dead serious because he knows that Pulley could be on the field a lot this fall.
So, Pulley and Woodson is works in progress, which Brooks said could continue right up to and beyond the opening kickoff.