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Mark Stoops Addresses Slow Starts


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:

Article written by Nick Roush

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4 responses to “Mark Stoops Addresses Slow Starts”

  1. BLUEsky

    Newsflash! Run a few short pass plays to the tight ends (hello Conrad, Rigg, Hart) and/or the wide receivers. Get a first down on the first drive no matter what it takes. Get SJ and the tight ends going early. Then, break out Bennie and the jets and mix it up with a little play action pass and some wild Bowden. Problem solved. NO THREE-AND-OUT ON THE FIRST DRIVE.

  2. luke_emberton

    you do realize that statistically you get the ball more if you kickoff first? so if we win the toss why would we ever receive the kick? you are always supposed to defer

  3. Le Docteur

    Misleading headline. He didn’t “address” the question of slow starts. Headline should say “Stoops asked why his team gets off to slow starts and says `How the eff would I know.”

  4. Ben27

    We are so predictable on first plays of the game. Most are running plays to the short side of the field that result in a two yard or less gain. Everyone knows what we are going to do, even the announcers! That is why the pass play on the first play against Louisville was so effective last year. We need to be less predictable and mix things up to take the next step.