Through two weeks of football, your Kentucky Wildcats are still undefeated. The wins did not always look beautiful, but a win always feels great for Mark Stoops.
“We’re 2-0. That feels very good,” Stoops said after today’s 27-16 win over EKU. “The nice thing is that we know and our players know there’s a lot of things we need to improve on. And they’ll do that. We’ll get better. We’ve been in this position before. We were in it last year and the record wasn’t the same. We improved as the season went on. We got better. We won a lot of football games.”
The first obvious improvement must be made on offense. For the second consecutive week, the Cats struggled to move the ball at the start of the game.
“Offensively it was frustrating at times, but you look down and you rushed for 200 yards, threw it for 200 yards. There’s some silly mistakes, there’s still some discipline things, but again, nobody needs to hit the panic button.”
It is all a matter of perception. You might think this team is terrible and doesn’t stand a chance against an SEC foe that’s powerful in the trenches. On the flip-side, this is a team that hasn’t played it’s best, yet they’ve only allowed 117 rushing yards in two games after opponents averaged 226 rushing yards per game against UK in 2016. Did I mention they won both of those games too?
“There’s a lot of things we can come out play a little better, execute, but it’s about us. It’s about our discipline, execution, things that we can get fixed,” Stoops said. “We’ll play better. We’re excited about it. The team’s excited about it.”
They’ve got a long way to go, but there’s time to get there. “We know we got a lot more in us.”