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Don’t Worry, We’re a Football School

spring football media packet

 

– Coach Stoops is starting with a clean slate as a head coach, beginning Spring practice without a listed depth chart saying,“Nobody’s earned anything yet.” The empty depth chart also opens the opportunity for a variety of position changes, giving the staff plenty of wiggle room to see where a player fits best. As Drew mentioned earlier, Bud Dupree’s expected move to Defensive End is the most notable move.

 

– The offseason has been flooded with hype regarding systemic change within the program, however after one practice no change was more obvious than the new uptempo pace brought by the young staff. RB Jonanthan George noted the new attitude saying, “they expect us to play fast, all over the field.” Neal Brown is not only an offensive pencil-pushing nerd, but “he can be loud” and was praised by Coach Stoops for bringing high levels of energy while coaching efficiently in individual groups.

 

– No depth chart means no certain QB starter with Towles, Smith, and Whitlow splitting reps evenly today. Stoops said their performance mirrored the rest of the team’s: up-and-down with high intensity and understanding for the basics while suffering from a lack of execution. The QBs will be available for comment Wednesday.

 

– Players’ may have entered practice a little nervous, but the excitement of being back on the field was more overwhelming. Avery Williamson- last year’s leading tackler and 2nd in the SEC- said it felt good to “shake off the cobwebs”. Coach Stoops was impressed with the players’ conditioning even though it is the first day back to work after Spring Break (I still have no voice). Avery said the offseason program worked well preparing them for today, “We did a lot of different things. It really helped us take that first step forward. It’s going to help us even more after Spring ball, over the summer.”

 

Injury Update: Kentucky’s most experienced Offensive Lineman Zach West will not be able to participate 100% of the time this Spring, but will most likely attain the starting Center position after spending last season at Guard. When asked about RB Josh Clemons’ availability this Spring, Coach Stoops jovial facial expression changed quickly telling the media he’d be available “some”. That “some” means no way Jose; he is too valuable offensively to put any risk in further delaying his 17+ month meniscus tear recovery.

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The Cats will be back on the field Wednesday and into full pads for the first time on Friday. If you can’t wait until then, you can watch Stoops’ full press conference here. Stay Stoopid My Friends.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Don’t Worry, We’re a Football School



  1. Oogie
    1:21 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Where’d everybody go?



  2. Crickets
    1:22 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Chirp… chirp…



  3. H.A. Milton
    1:44 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    A) this is blasphemy B) The comments prove it. B) F U.



  4. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:44 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    There’s no consoling us with football news. Let’s not kid ourselves, by week 6 we’ll have our 4th loss and be looking forward to basketball again. Let’s just quit lying to each other and face the depressing truth that the next thing to look forward to is midnight madness in seven months.



  5. grrrr
    1:45 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    If this is what it takes to be a football school, I already hate being a football school.



  6. H.A. Milton
    1:47 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    And B) I know I put B twice…its been a rough couple of days!



  7. Not A Loser
    2:46 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Football Schools do not lose to WKU.



  8. Jerk
    3:31 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Does anybody in the state really believe KY can win a sec championship in football. If so they need to send out the guys with straight jackets because they are insane. Dats all I have to say. For now anyway. Well I guess I wasn’t done.



  9. Jerk
    3:33 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    They need an nit for football, we might make that one too!



  10. Bald Guy
    4:06 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    There won’t be room for you fairweather fans before long… stay where you are, Football BBN does not need you! You are basically UofL fans as far as I’m concerned.