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Mark Stoops defends use of the Wildcat on Stoops Show

On Saturday, Kentucky defeated Southern Miss 24-17, but it wasn’t pretty.

Fans criticized the coaching staff for forcing a square peg into a round hole with running the Wildcat so often, and Eddie Gran agreed that he was too stubborn in his playcalling.

Mark Stoops, on the other hand, stood by his use of the Wildcat and said it will be something they still use on a consistent basis going forward.

“Let’s not forget about all the huge, huge plays we’ve gotten off this,” Stoops said. “It’s a way to run the power football, which we’ve been very effective at. The Wildcat sometimes creates some angles and some plays (for us.)”

Aside from UK’s offensive struggles, Stoops was also extremely complimentary of the team’s defense, specifically naming Matt Elam, along with young guys such as Jordan Griffin and Joshua Paschal.

You can watch/listen to some of his quotes on the defense from the Mark Stoops Show here:


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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8 Comments for Mark Stoops defends use of the Wildcat on Stoops Show

  1. luke_emberton
    8:18 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

    it works when you use motion and have some type of trickery not just running straight ahead lets remember that

  2. sprtphan
    8:52 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

    I think the ksr caller had it exactly right the other. Don’t be stupid.

  3. KYcats11
    9:05 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

    I know the offense will get it figured out. Our defense looked great, but I am worried about these missed tackles. One of the possessions Southern Miss got a touchdown on, was basically just because of missed tackles. Go Cats!

  4. USMC5150
    9:36 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

    Stoops said “We’ve been very effective at it,” but that was last year. Hopefully they make changes and it works again soon. That would be a good offense to switch to but you don’t want to be to predictable in life.

  5. bhb71
    9:46 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

    I think Stoops will re-evaluate if this continues to be an issue next game. If our O-line can’t open up seams for Benny and SK on a regular basis against EKU, then they have no business using the Wildcat our primary weapon against SCar and Florida. I sincerely hope we run plays designed to get CJ or Walker open more often and take some tricks out of the Patriots playbook.

  6. ClutchCargo
    10:31 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

    Benny was jumping the gun and trying to hit holes that his O-line hadn’t made yet. This will get fixed very quickly.

  7. Jiminy Crickets
    7:09 am September 5, 2017 Permalink

    If Im the defensive coordinator, when UK lines up in Wildcat, I bring my linebackers up to the B gaps. Its the only place we run in this formation

  8. monteverdi
    1:10 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    I only have a problem with the wildcat for two reasons. One, until we do something other than run up the middle, teams are going to load the box and we aren’t going to have the same kind of success. I also remember that last year when we were having all that success, we were also running Badet in motion to give the option of a sweep. All I saw Saturday was seven linemen, two receivers, and a fullback.

    To go along with that, my second problem is that the predictability turned it into a drive killer. The drive we got the field goal on we had been moving the ball well mixing up the run and pass. The play action was working. Then we went wildcat, everyone knew we were going to run, and we were done. I started to have the same feeling that I did last year, which was that when we get into critical situations, the coaches lack any confidence at all in our QB to get the job done, so they pull him as far away from the play as possible.