Rich Brooks was on the SEC teleconference today and, obviously displeased with his team’s performance Saturday against the Gators, mentioned the kicking game, the running game and quarterback Mike Hartline. Brooks said that Hartline needed to step up up his game, but noted that everyone else around him does as well. In terms of the runnig game, Brooks said the Cats won’t “run the ball down Alabama’s throat”, but that the Cats “have to have a semblence of a running game.
On the defensive side of the ball, Brooks said it would take a total team effort to slow down Alabama’s running game, which will mean the defensive backs will have to step up against the Tide’s physical receivers. On the UK corners, Brooks said “They aren’t the most physical guys in the world”.
When asked about how the kickoff issues were coming, Coach said the kickoffs must get more air under them and travel farther. Then, he offered up one of his Brooksisms with “Florida kicked our fanny on the kickoff”. Well said, Coach.