– Coach Stoops left practice today on a sour note after being very upset with the defense’s sense of urgency. “Defensively we were very, VERY average at best, just very lackluster…it’s NOT good enough for right now.” Stoops was short in his answers, very upset that his team didn’t continue taking steps forward. “They know what’s going on, now it’s back to habits. ‘This is day 5 Monday morning, I’m going to go back to my old ways, just get out here and BS around for a few periods.’ That’s not good enough, it’s not acceptable. You have to play good every snap.” Some may see this statement as a negative, but I like it. He isn’t afraid to call it how he sees it, similar to another great Coach at Kentucky (cough Coach Cal, cough cough).
– During last year’s QB competition, questions from the media persisted. It’s the same case now, except without the BS answers with Neal Brown saying today, “I told y’all not to waste your time asking that.” Max Smith isn’t going to step on any toes; “I have no idea [who’s in the lead]. We can think what we want; obviously each of us probably thinks we are winning but it’s the coaches’ decision.”
– Last week Mark Stoops wasn’t ready to comment on Josh Clemons condition, other than, “he’s too valuable” to risk re-injury. Today Josh was dressed in full pads, and spoke to the media for the first time. ” It’s been really hard. I wanted to be out there with my team, feeling what they feel. It’s not the same watching it through a TV”. Clemons will be fully participating in practice every other day, with last Saturday’s unexpected practice the only miss for the healing Running Back.
– They may have had a bad day today, but there are plenty of practices to make up for that. On Wednesday, Stoops will let the media in for practice and plans on opening a practice to the general public soon. Neal Brown said that the team “isn’t ready yet” and that opening it too soon “wouldn’t be fair to the kids”.