Kentucky was far from perfect against Toledo. Rather than completely focusing on the Wildcats’ week one mistakes in the 38-24 victory, head coach Mark Stoops was pleased to see his players were unfazed when adversity struck.
“You have a game plan. You work on that game plan for a couple weeks heading into that first game, then sometimes things change,” Stoops said at Monday’s press conference. “I was really proud of our players and our coaches to stay poised, stay focused, make a few adjustments, just settle in and start playing football. I thought we did some really good things.”
Nerves probably played a part in the early mistakes. Inexperience was the most likely cause. A lot of players, especially in the secondary and in the backfield, simply had not seen those looks in a live scenario. Stoops does not believe those early mistakes will be replicated in week two.
“The good news is early on in the game, some of the mistakes that happened are easily fixable,” Stoops said.
“We’ll get back to work this week, work on this things and hopefully make a big improvement between week one and week two. We’re really focusing on ourselves. Now that we have a game under our belt, we have some guys that haven’t played a lot football that we can see what they can do, get back to work this week and look to improve.”