Mark Stoops held his first game week press conference minutes ago to preview the game against Western. Nick Roush will be by in a bit with a full recap, but here are a few highlights:
— First off, Stoops said that he wants his team to use the motivation of losing to Western last season in a row to get them hyped for Saturday. In fact, even though the UK coaching job was but a glint in his eye at the time, Stoops says last year’s loss bothered him, too: “I told them it bothered me that we lost that game a year ago and it should bother them.”
— Stoops says that the staff has chosen a starting quarterback, but refused to say whether it was Jalen Whitlow or Max Smith. He said they will tell the quarterbacks this week, but will keep the media (and Western Kentucky) guessing until kickoff. KSR spies say it’s Whitlow.
— When asked about wanting his team to have “swagger,” Stoops balked a little at the term, but said that he does want his guys to play with confidence and a bit of a chip on their shoulders. According to him, they have every reason to: “I do want them playing with more of an attitude. I want them to give their max. …I feel good. We can be a very good team and shock a lot of people.”