For some, it may feel like Kentucky beat Florida just a few hours ago. But for Kentucky coaches and players, it’s full speed ahead. And there’s no time to waste reliving the past.
Despite the thrill of Saturday night’s victory, defensive coordinator Matt House says this team knows they can’t let their guard down – even to face-off against Murray State. Thankfully for Coach House, he hasn’t seen any sort of “let down” from his side of the ball.
“That’s what I like about this team – this team likes the process,” House said today during a post-practice media opportunity. “We just had a high-energy, great practice. That’s the key to having a great season, in my opinion: you don’t roll with the highs and lows – you just keep grinding.”
Even better news? According to Kash Daniel, the coaching staff has not even had to address the team’s energy or work ethic this week.
“They know how mature this team is; they know this is a different Kentucky team. We’ve had a solid week of preparation, I think. Guys were focused, dialed in, running the football just like we did last week when we were preparing for Florida,” Daniel said. “[Murray State] is going to come in here and try to kick our teeth in, just like we’d expect them to.”
Mike Edwards agreed. Although it may be hard to believe, the senior safety says the Wildcats treat all opponents equally.
“We take this team like we’d take any other team: just go out and beat them,” Edwards said. “Alabama, Florida, Murray State, whatever. Just try and win the game.”
And, just like in every game, Coach House hopes his guys see as little playing time as possible – the goal is to always push their opponent to a three-and-out situation and get Kentucky’s offense back on the field.
“Every game you want to get off the field. That’s part of the deal,” House said. “It doesn’t matter who your opponent is you’re lining up to – what’s your standard?… To be honest with you, it’s the next game of the season, and you just treat it that way.”
While it’s understandable to overlook this Saturday’s game in favor of reliving last weekend or even looking ahead to next week’s matchup with Mississippi State, here’s to hoping the team and coaching staff is being honest and truly taking it one game at a time.