When Kentucky gets the ball first, things rarely go well.
Kentucky’s slow starting woes go all the way back to Stephen Johnson’s strip-sack scoop-and-score in the TaxSlayer Bowl. The interception at South Carolina was almost as bad, thanks to Deebo Samuel’s immediate touchdown reaction. Last week Benny Snell’s first play fumble continued the string of unfortunate events at the start of games.
So what’s the deal?
“I don’t know,” Mark Stops said today. “If I could, then I would try to rectify that.”
No matter how many times they rep fast starts in practice, no matter how many times the coaches preach the players to start faster, at the end of the day there’s not much you can do. The players just gotta perform.
“We just need to concentrate and focus and make sure we’re running good plays on either side of the ball to try to get off to a good start.”
In his final meeting with the media before Saturday’s game against Ole Miss, Stoops said Stephen Johnson returned to practice yesterday without a problem. See everything he had to say: