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Stoops Utilizing Every Inch of UK Practice Facility

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.

Article written by Matt Jones

20 Comments for Stoops Utilizing Every Inch of UK Practice Facility

  1. Dan
    1:49 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like a Cal practice

  2. Honky Kong
    1:54 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Is Joker going to be driving the ice cream truck to practice tonight ?!

  3. Bobbum man
    2:00 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink


  4. James
    2:15 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    The more I read about the Joker regime te more furious I get. What exactly did that guy do to get the job in te first place? Sounds like he was completely incompetent.

  5. tom
    2:22 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    This isn’t new or even unusual for early camp practices, especially with a new coaching staff. We incorporated it for the first week or so when I played at Kansas State back in the late 70’s. Yes, it provides additional reps for those at 3rd and 4th depth but just as importantly it helps the coaching staff better evaluate the likely first and second string. All this can be a positive.

    Teams likely won’t stay at this long though because for all the pluses, it does hinder team building and unity.

  6. Where is the accuracy
    2:26 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Uhhhh…This isn’t new. at all. Why in the world do you think theres more than one field to begin with. I love Stoops as much as anybody, but lets be accurate.

  7. BA
    2:28 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    #6 ya know what else isn’t new? Tard fans patroling a UK site. Go get some crown royal and read about your own team.

  8. iamthebobcat
    2:29 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    @5 – this does not bode well for the Cats. K-State record in the late 70’s
    1976: 1-10
    1977: 2-9
    1978: 4-7
    1979: 3-8
    1980: 3-8

  9. Matt Jones
    2:34 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    It is different. They have never had three full team practices going at once since I have covered it

  10. Where is the accuracy
    2:38 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Not slamming Stoops whatsoever…slamming the guy who thinks this is some new innovative practice regime. It’s not. If you’re looking for a REAL innovative practice technique Stoops has implemented, look at his plan to change practice time from morning to closer to noon. That is a fantastic move by Stoops & co, and one thats actually real. Good luck in third grade this year, #7. Go Big Blue!

  11. tom
    2:38 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    8. Bobcat…lol! I know. We were like UK only in the old Big 8. Spent several long afternoons against Oklahoma and Nebraska but for some reason we always beat Colorado, no matter how good they were and how limited we were. We were a lot like UK is now. Struggling to stay afloat in a power conference. Hopefully, the Cats can turn it around like K-State did and make a splash.

    But very good comeback Bobcat.

  12. tom
    2:42 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    9. was not meaning to sound like I was countering you Matt. I was referring to use of multiple fields and splitting teams as not a new concept. Running three practice fields at once might very well be a new thing here in Lexington. You would know much better than me.

  13. Where is the accuracy
    2:44 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    “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.”

    Matt, I believe that Stoops certainly has a different practice regiment than Joker or even Brooks. I’m sure theres something to that. But both of those former head coaches absolutely used 2 and 3 fields at a time during their practice, even if their practice wasn’t the same. No denying that. Thats why the statement I quoted is wrong.

  14. Earache
    3:04 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    I love it

  15. goUKats
    3:11 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Comforting to know that all the guys out for the team are getting a shot.

  16. Wow
    3:19 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    What is new about this? Nothing whatsoever! Okay Stoops , is doing things totally opposite of Joker. Well guess what anybody that is new usually does. It’s polar opposites when a “BAD” coach leaves everything the “New” guy comes in and does looks, Kragthorpe-Strong, Joker-yet too see on field results Stoops. When a “GOOD” coach leaves usually the next coach looks bad ie,Petrino-Kragthorpe , Brooks-Joker, Urban-Muschamp.

    I like excitement too but let’s see how this staff coaches. Any first time headcoach will make the dumbest moves. And the SEC is an unforgiven place to cut your teeth.

  17. Wow
    3:25 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    So when Cal, leaves I don’t care who is the coach that person will not have the same recruiting results. Only because he will have his system of how he does things. And we will be on this site or on some other bashing the new coach. Doesn’t make his system any less better. It’s all perception. And on the field results, something that Stoops hasn’t done at UK yet. Being d-coordinator at Fl.St counts for nothing in the SEC.

  18. Do whut?
    4:34 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t believe this post caused this much controversy. We talkin bout practice. Practice.

  19. trey
    5:38 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Props to Tom for handling that remark by bobcat very nicely

  20. football school
    10:37 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Went to Fan Day practice this evening and came away impressed with the sharpness, coordination, and precision of the whole staff and team.$ Light years ahead of anything I saw the last three years. This staff hasn’t coached a full game together yet, but they know what they’re doing on the practice field. This can only translate to a better game day product. Go CATS! I’m taking Vegas to the woodshed. 3.5 my ass!