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Video: Brown breaks down the Air Raid

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Kentucky fans have a unique relationship with the Air Raid offense. Ever since the sirens at Commonwealth Stadium during Hal Mumme's time as head coach, the pass-happy attack has resonated with the Big Blue Nation.

So when Neal Brown - once a wide receiver at UK during the first Air Raid era - was named offensive coordinator back in December, there was naturally a lot of excitement.

Brown, however, is running a modified version of the offense. Injecting a frenetic pace and an increased emphasis on the running game, he has had great success with the Air Raid in previous stops at Troy and Texas Tech. Kyle Tucker from the Louisville Courier-Journal takes it from there:

There will be differences from the version of this offense Hal Mumme popularized at UK in the late 1990s, when Brown was a wide receiver for the Cats. Brown features more ground game than many other incarnations of the Air Raid. His first year at Texas Tech, when he replaced former Kentucky coordinator and Air Raid wizard Mike Leach, the Red Raiders jumped from 84 to 141.3 rushing yards per game.

"We do know how to run the football," Brown said. "There's a lot of things positive about Coach Mumme, but he wasn't real interested in running the football."

The biggest change, though, from the Air Raid born a decade and a half ago in Lexington and the one Brown brought home: tempo. Texas Tech played at a more furious pace than any team in the country in three seasons under Brown, averaging 79.9 snaps per game. By comparison, Kentucky averaged 65.8 last season.

"Coach Mumme made most of his calls on the line of scrimmage," Brown said. "We're going to try to do it really fast."

For the story, Brown also broke down three staple plays of the offense: Four Verticals, Jailbreak and Stick. Take a look.



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