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UK offense out to improve on 2016 output

Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson (15) dives into the end zone for a touchdown after a 21 yard run against Georgia Tech defensive back Lamont Simmons, right, and linebacker Brant Mitchell (51) during fourth quarter of the TaxSlayer Bowl NCAA college football game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. Georgia Tech won 33-18. (Gary Lloyd McCullough/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - UK finished the 2016 with five wins in its last seven regular-season games to finish with seven victories for the first time since 2009.

Much of the success can be attributed to the offensive explosion in the second half of the season. The Wildcats averaged 24.5 points in their first six games and 37.5 in their next six. Stephen Johnson took over quarterback duties from an injured Drew Barker and Boom Williams led the ground attack for coordinator Eddie Gran's unit.

Now Williams is attempting to make an NFL roster and the onus will be on 1,000-yard rusher Benny Snell. Johnson is expected to remain as starting quarterback, but Barker is reclaiming his form following back surgery. And the receiving corps is deep, especially with seasoned tight ends.

The UK offense finished last season tenth overall in the 14-team SEC at 420 yards/game, with expectations of a much more productive season in 2017.

(Watch the video with Gran below and click on the names of Johnson, Barker and TE C.J. Conrad to see those interviews from Tuesday)


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