If you heard today’s radio show, you heard Nick Roush talking about the new method of practice that Mark Stoops and his staff are currently employing. Unlike in past years, when the entire team generally practiced together and only most of the reps went to the first team players, this team is practicing on 2 and even 3 fields during practice. What that means is that any given point, all three QBs could be getting reps and position players all over the depth chart are getting work. A big reason for this is the belief that with such little depth and only a few top-line players, it is important to get guys all over the depth chart a chance to play. With some positions in deep flux (WR and Secondary the most obvious), players ranging from 4 star recruits to walk-ons are all being given a chance to showcase their talents and have a chance to get on the field. It is a different strategy than most, but something that fits the current roster.
In addition, a Stoops practice is characterized by constant motion. Unlike the previous two regimes, there is no dead time in practice, as coaches have players shuttling around and moving from start to finish. With the tempo that the Cats want to impose on offense, and the emphasis on conditioning, all practices look like ones more similar to basketball, with guys rarely getting a chance to stand around and wait. Players are moved from one field to another and with each movement, the goal of being the best conditioned team in the conference is a step closer to being achieved.
It is a new era for UK football, from everything to recruiting to practice…and one trip to Lexington this August showcases that fact.